Aurora, NY – The D'Youville baseball team dropped a pair of games on Sunday afternoon to the Wells Express, losing game one 4-1 and game two 8-7.
Neither team could get anything going on offense in the first several innings. Wells was able to finally break the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth, getting on the board with a pair of runs.
In the top of the sixth, D'Youville scored their first run of the game. Justin Brackna (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) led off with a single, but advanced to second on an error. A Nicholas Ivanoff (Scranton, PA/West Scranton) singled moved Brackna to third and in the next at-bat, Brackna scored on a throwing error and the Wells' lead was cut in half.
However, the Express scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to increase their lead to three. They would hold on in seventh inning to win game one of the doubleheader 4-1.
Brackna led the team at the plate by going 2-3 with a run scored while Dylan Haak (Depew, NY/Depew) went 2-4. On the mound, Tyler Siegmann (Wheatfield, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) had another outstanding start with 5.0 innings pitched, allowing three earned runs. Bryce Little (Arcade, NY/Pioneer) came in for an inning of relief, allowing one earned run and struck out one.
The second game of the day saw much more offense from both teams. Wells scored three runs in the bottom of the first to take an immediate 3-0 lead. D'Youville would respond with a run in the top of the second as Patrick Mulligan (Buffalo, NY/Hutch Tech) led off the inning with a single. After Justin Varney (Henrietta, NY/Rush-Henrietta) walked followed by a Brendan Burke (Collegevile, PA/Spring-Ford) single, the bases were loaded for Haak. He then hit a sac-fly to center field, scoring Mulligan and making the score 3-1.
Wells would get that run back and add on another in the bottom of the second with a pair of runs, leading 5-1. The Spartans offense continued to move along in the third with Brackna doubling to begin the inning. Travis Macrides (Manlius, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) walked followed by a Ivanoff single, scoring Brackna and making the score 5-2.
It took D'Youville until the sixth inning to break out and take control of the game. Matt Critelli (Camden, NY/Camden) pinch hit and led off with a walk. Then with two outs, Brackna singled to center and moved Critelli to second. The next batter, Macrides, reached on a dropped fly ball that allowed Critelli to score and make it a two-run game.
Ivanoff then singled to score Brackna, making the score 5-4. A single from Mulligan in the next at-bat drove in Macrides to tie the game at 5-5, continuing the strong offensive output from D'Youville. The Spartans then took the lead in the next at-bat as Varney singled, scoring Ivanoff to give D'Youville their first lead of the game at 6-5.
The Express didn't stay down for long as they scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game. However D'Youville came right back to take the lead again in the seventh.
Devon Kelly (Rochester, NY/Olympia) led off and reached base on an error. A Haak sac-bunt moved Kelly to second and an error in the next at-bat moved Kelly to third. Brackna then came up and hit a sac-fly to right field, scoring Kelly and giving D'Youville the lead again at 7-6.
Despite D'Youville taking the lead in the top of the seventh, Wells scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning for a walk off win, defeating the Spartans 8-7.
Ivanoff and Brackna were the offensive leaders for D'Youville in game two. Brackna went 2-4 with two runs scored and a RBI while Ivanoff had a team best three hits as he went 3-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Seven different players had a hit in the game and five different players recorded at least a RBI.
Adam Lampman (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca East) got his first start of the season and had a solid start. He pitched 5.0 innings and allowed two earned runs. Haak pitched in relief, allowing two earned runs in 1.2 innings.
The next doubleheader for the men will come this Wednesday, March 28 as they host the Medaille Mavericks for their first conference doubleheader of the season. Game one begins at 1:00pm with game two to follow.