Amherst, NY – The D'Youville baseball team picked up their second conference win of the season on Thursday afternoon, falling to the Hilbert Hawks 6-3 in game one and taking the victory by the score of 6-1 in game two.
D'Youville opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning of game one as Renato Quinones (Lockport, NY/Saint Joe's) led off with a single. He would then steal second two batters later and advance to third on an error. Dylan Haak (Depew, NY/Depew) then came to bat and dove in Quinones on a groundout for a 1-0 lead.
The top of the second saw Hilbert respond to tie the game at 1-1. They then tacked on five runs in the top of the fourth to take a 6-1 lead.
Down to the bottom of the seventh, the Spartans would not go quietly. With two outs, Connor Truitt (Rochester, NY/Early College) reached first on an error followed by Alex Liem (Dorchester, Ont./Dorchester Secondary) walking. Shane Critelli (Camden, NY/Camden) would then single and move to second as an error from the Hawk's left fielder allowed Truitt and Liem to score, making the score 6-3. However, Hilbert would recover to record the third out and win game one 6-3.
Brendan Burke (Collegeville, PA/Spring-Ford) led the team with two hits as seven Spartans tallied one hit. Haak recorded an RBI in the game and was one of the players to record a hit. On the mound, Adam Lampman (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) got the start and went 4.0 innings, striking out four. Nick Jank (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) came in for 2.0 innings of relief and allowed no runs with one strikeout while Derek Mosher (Henrietta, NY/Rush-Henrietta) pitched one inning, allowing no hits or runs and struck out one.
Game two saw the Hawks get out to an early lead with a run in the top of the first. Like Hilbert did in game one, D'Youville responded in the second inning to tie the game.
Matt Critelli (Camden, NY/Camden) walked to begin the bottom half of the second. Liem then came to bat two batters later, doubling to center field to score Critelli as he hustled around for the Spartan's first run.
D'Youville would take the lead in the fifth as Burke led off by reaching on an error, he would move over to third in the next two at-bats, then scoring on a passed ball with the bases loaded for the team's first lead of the game.
The sixth saw two more runs added to the Spartan's lead. Shane Critelli led off with a single, followed by a Liem single two batters later. Khaled Numan-Ali (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) then singled to load the bases with two outs. Devon Kelly (Rochester, NY/Olympia) would then reach on an error, scoring Cirtelli and Liem to give D'Youville a 4-1 lead through six innings.
Increasing their lead to six in the seventh inning, Quinones began the offense with a leadoff single to right field. Shane Critelli came up again and was hit by a pitch, followed by a Truitt bunt single that loaded the bases. Burke came up and kept the bases loaded on a fielder's choice that scored Quinones. Matt Guenther (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) then pinch hit and hit a sac-fly, scoring Critelli to give the team a 6-1 lead.
The pitching from the Spartans was outstanding down the stretch from Mosher and Jank as D'Youville went on to win the game by the final score of 6-1.
D'Youville's pitching was the story of the game. Haak got the start and was excellent with 6.0 innings pitched, allowing no earned runs and struck out seven. In relief, Mosher and Jank pitched for the second time on the day and were excellent. Mosher followed Haak with 1.0 inning, allowing a hit and no runs. As for Jank, he pitched 2.0 innings and allowed one hit and no runs.
Saturday will bring the next pair of games for D'Youville as they travel to Pitt.-Bradford to play the Panthers beginning at 1:00pm.