Freshman Devin Robson delivered a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning and St. Lawrence University's baseball team snapped a long losing streak to Ithaca College with a 5-3 non-league win at Tom Fay Field Thursday afternoon.
The Saints, now 17-12, beat the 20th-ranked Bombers, now 26-9, for the first time since 1996, snapping a string of 26 straight losses to Ithaca. SLU won its fourth straight and faces a huge weekend against RPI, needing wins to climb into contention for a league playoff spot.
Four Saint pitchers played a role in the win. Starter Sam Downes pitched three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and Jake Farrell pitched two innings without giving up a run or hit. Ben Jenkins was charged with two runs as Ithaca rallied in the eighth and Mike Dell'Olio earned the win in relief as he was tagged for a run, but retired Ithaca in the ninth without a run to end the game.
The Saints broke on top in the bottom of the second inning as Chris Fernandez led off with a single, went to second when Brian Magovney drew a walk and to third when Adam Reichel reached on a bunt. Mic Regan grounded into a double play, scoring Fernandez and Magovney scored when Bryan Palermo singled down the right field line.
Reichel doubled, went to third on Regan's single and scored on Mark Syron's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 3-0 Saint lead.
Ithaca rallied in the top of the eighth to tie as John Stanley doubled to right center with one out, scored on Colby Gee's double to left with two out and after two walks, Christian Brown delivered a two run single.
Khifer O'Connor walked with two out in the bottom of the eighth and Robson drove the ball over the fence in left center to put the Saints right back in front.
Ithaca put two on with one out in the top of the ninth, but Dell'Olio got a strikeout and a fly ball to end both the game and the long losing streak to the Bombers.