Aurora, NY – The D'Youville baseball team picked up their second win of the season on Sunday afternoon, splitting a doubleheader with the Wells Express by winning game one 9-4 and losing game two 16-5.
Both teams would make a game of it in the third inning. The Spartans would strike first as Justin Brackna (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) singled to the shortstop with one out in the inning, followed by a walk to Travis Macrides (Manlius, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius). Two batters later, Matt Critelli (Camden, NY/Camden) doubled to left center, scoring Brackna for a 1-0 lead. A wild pitch in the next at-bat would move Critelli to third and score Macrides, giving the Spartans a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the inning, Wells would respond with two runs of their own to tie the game at two. As the game moved to fifth inning, D'Youville would blow the game open.
Brackna led off the inning with a single, followed up by a Macrides triple, scoring Brackna. Next up, Patrick Mulligan (Buffalo, NY/Hutch Tech) doubled down the left field line to score Macrides and make it a 4-2 lead. A Kevin Kabacinski (Buffalo, NY/St. Joe's) single, accompanied by an error, scored Mulligan and put Kabacinski at third. Michael LiPani (Irondequoit, NY/Irondequoit) then doubled to score Kabacinski for a 6-2 lead.
Still with one out, Devon Kelly (Rochester, NY/Olympia) singled and moved LiPani to third. Two batters later, Mitchell Mason (Eden, NY/Eden) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Brackna then came to bat for the second time in the inning and got on base once again by hitting a double to center, scoring LiPani and Kelly to give the Spartans an 8-2 lead through five.
The Spartans would strike again in the top of the sixth. Critelli doubled with an out in the inning, followed by a Kabacinski double to make the game 9-2. Wells would strike back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, to make game 9-4, but the runs would stop there D'Youville would take game one by that final score.
Sophomore pitcher Will Pack (Pendleton, NY/Starpoint) pitched well again in his second start this year. Over 5.2 innings, Pack allowed four runs and struck out five for his second win of the season. In relief, Critelli came in and didn't allow a hit, striking out one in 1.1 innings of work.
At the plate, Brackna had a great day for the Spartans. He led the team with four hits, two RBI and scored two runs. Hitters three through nine in the lineup each scored at least one run, while hitters three through eight each had at least one RBI. Critelli was second on the team with three hits in the game.
Game two of the day started out in favor of the Express. Wells scored two runs in each the first and second innings. However, the Spartans would bounce right back in the top of the third to tie the game.
Dylan Haak (Depew, NY/Depew) led off the inning with a single, followed by a LiPani walk to put two runners on base. A single from Mason would then score Haak in the next at-bat, with Macrides following with a single of his own to score LiPani. Down by two, Macrides stole second to put two runners in scoring position. Critelli would ground out to the shortstop to score Mason, making it 4-3. Kabacinski would then single to score Macrides and tie the game at 4-4 through 3.5 innings.
Wells took control of the game in the bottom of the third, scoring five runs. The Express then tacked on six more run in the bottom of the fourth and took a 15-4 lead.
In the top of the fifth, Mason walked to begin the inning. He moved to third after a Mulligan and scored on a Kabacinski double with two outs, making the score 15-5 in favor of the Express. However Wells would take the run back in the bottom of the inning and make the score 16-5, going on to win by that score.
Kabacinski led the team with three hits and two RBI in the game. LiPani had a team high two walks and scored a run, with Mason scoring two runs. Five different players recorded a hit, with four different players driving in a run.
Tyler Siegmann (Wheatfield, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) started the game and went two innings. Steve Vik (Hopkins, SC/Lower Richland) and Braden Bova (Lancaster, NY/Saint Mary's) each saw time in relief, with Bova going 2.1 innings. Braden allowed just five hits and one earned run while striking out two.
The next pair of games for the Spartans comes on Saturday, April 1 as D'Youville opens up their conference schedule at Pitt.-Greensburg. Game one of the doubleheader begins at 1pm.