Pittsburgh, PA – The D'Youville baseball team was swept by the La Roche Redhawks on Saturday afternoon, falling in game one 9-6 in game one and 18-5 in game two.
In the top of the first the Redhawks opened up the scoring with a run. The Spartans would respond in the bottom of the inning as Dylan Haak (Depew, NY/Depew) led off with a single. Justin Varney (Henrietta, NY/Rush-Henrietta) then reached on a fielder's choice and Travis Macrides (Manlius, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) came up to bat two batters later with two outs. Macrides proceeded to hit his team leading fourth home run of the season, giving the Spartans a 2-1 lead.
D'Youville continued to have success at the plate in the second inning. Nicholas Ivanoff (Scranton, PA/West Scranton) led off the inning by reaching base on an error. With two outs, Khaled Numan-Ali (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) and Haak each reached base to load them and Varney would single, scoring Ivanoff and extending the lead to 3-1.
La Roche then had their biggest inning of the game in third, scoring five runs to take a 6-3 lead. They added a run in the fifth and two more in the seventh to extend their lead to 9-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
With two outs, Haak tripled. Varney then singled to the shortstop, bringing home Haak and making the score 9-4. Justin Brackna (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) then singled to move Varney to second and they both advanced a base on a balk. Macrides then reached on an error to score Varney and Brackna, but the Spartans were unable to get any more runs across the plate as they lost game one 9-6.
Haak led the team in hits with three hits in the game (3-4), adding a run scored. Varney went 2-4 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI while Macrides had two hits and two RBI. Patrick Mulligan (Buffalo, NY/Hutch Tech) added a hit in the game with Brackna added a hit as well.
Steve Vik (Hopkins, SC/Lower Richland) pitched 2.2 inning, allowing three earned runs in the loss. Adam Lampman (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) went 4.1 innings in relief, allowing three earned runs.
The Redhawks jumped out to a big lead in game two, scoring eight runs in the first and five runs in the second. With a 13-0 lead, La Roche added a run in the fourth and three in the fifth to go up 17-0.
Josh Hammer (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home) led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a walk, advancing to second on a wild pitch. He then moved to third on a Braden Bova (Lancaster, NY/Saint Mary's) ground out, bringing up Matt Guenther (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale). Guenther proceeded to hit a sac-fly to center field, scoring Hammer and giving D'Youville their first run of the game and his first career RBI.
After La Roche scored a run in the top of the sixth, the Spartans added two runs of their own. Brackna tripled to right field with one out, followed by a Macrides double to score Brackna. Two batters later, Mitchell Mason (Eden, NY/Eden) singled to center field, bringing in Macrides and making the score 18-3.
Bova began the bottom of the seventh with a walk, followed by Logan Lipowski (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) coming in to pinch run. Guenther then singled with both Lipowski and Guenther advancing a base in the next at-bat. Varney would then ground out to score Lipowski, giving the Spartans their fourth run of the game.
The Spartans would score their final run of the game in the bottom of the eighth. Macrides reached base on an error by the Redhawk catcher. After Macrides advanced to second on a wild pitch, Mason walked and both players moved up a base on a wild pitch. Lipowski then singled to second base, scoring Macrides and bringing the game to its final score of 18-5.
Seven different players recorded hits in the game, including the first of the season for Lipowski and Guenther. Varney, Macrides, Mason, Lipowski, and Kelly accounted for all five RBI in the game. On the mound, Andrew Holcomb (Elma, NY/Iroquois) and Nick Jank (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) were both solid in relief. Holcomb pitched an inning, allowing one hit. Jank went 2.0 innings and also allowed one hit.
The next doubleheader for the men comes tomorrow, April 22 as they host Pitt.-Bradford at 1:00pm.