Adam Reichel's walk-off walk in game one and two home runs in game two helped the St. Lawrence baseball team sweep Skidmore in a Liberty League doubleheader on Friday afternoon on Tom Fay Field. The Saints took game one 4-3 and made a late offensive push in game two en route to a 17-8 win.
Both games saw the Saints erase early three-run deficits, as they snapped a seven-game slide to improve to 6-11 overall and 4-4 in Liberty League action. Skidmore falls to 9-11 overall and 4-8 against conference opponents. The 17 runs in game two are the most for St. Lawrence baseball since a 17-5 win over Mount Saint Mary on March 23, 2016.
Sam Downes went the distance for the Saints in game, allowing three runs on five hits with four strikeouts. After giving up a run in the first and two in the second to give Skidmore a 3-0 lead, he allowed just two more hits through the final five innings and worked out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth.
Emmett Dunn earned the win in game two, as he was still the pitcher of record when the Saints put up a five-spot in the bottom of the sixth to take a 9-7 lead. He allowed seven runs on eight hits through six innings with four strikeouts.
Game 1 –
Skidmore took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single to left by Dan Dasgupta and pushed the lead to 3-0 with a pair of runs in the second inning.
In the bottom of the third inning for the Saints, Evan O'Keeffe hit a leadoff single to left and Jeremy Gerringer walked to put two men aboard. With one out, Reichel doubled down the right field line to score O'Keeffe for the Saints first run, and Michael LeFevre followed with a two-run double to center to clear the bases and tie the game at 3-3.
The Thoroughbreds were threatening with a two-out rally in the top of the sixth after a single and a pair of walks loaded the bases, but Downes got Matt Marino to fly out centerfield to end the inning and escape unscathed.
The Saints also turned a timely double play in the top of the seventh to keep Skidmore off the board and set up the walk-off opportunity in the bottom of the frame.
With one out, Taylor Digilio and O'Keeffe hit back to back singles through the left side and Gerringer followed with a walk to load the bases. Brendon Frank reached on a fielder's choice, as Skidmore was able to get the force out at the plate. But in the next at bat, Reichel earned a RBI four-pitch walk to score O'Keeffe and give the Saints the 4-3 win.
O'Keeffe finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while both Reichel and LeFevre finished with two RBI in the opening game.
Game 2 –
After taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, Dunn and the Saints gave up five runs on six hits – all singles - in the top of fourth for a 5-2 lead for the visitors.
St. Lawrence chipped away with two runs on two hits in the bottom of the fourth, and then, with Skidmore's lead increased to 7-4, switched the offense into high gear for five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead for good.
Four straight singles put the first run across and then a costly throwing error by Skidmore on a fielder's choice by Frank plated the tying runs in O'Keeffe and Digilio. In the next at bat, Reichel hit a two-run, line-drive home run down the right field line to give the Saints the 9-7 advantage.
With two outs and runners on second and third in the bottom of the seventh, Skidmore intentionally walked Reichel to load the bases and pitch to LeFevre. The Pleasant Valley, N.Y. native drilled a bases-clearing double to deep center field and Larsen earned an RBI walked later in the inning to give St. Lawrence a 13-8 lead heading into the eight.
The Saints add four more runs in their final at-bat with help from an RBI double by Frank, Reichel's second two-run home run to right center and an RBI single to right by Larsen.
In total, St. Lawrence combined for 15 runs through the final four innings.
Reichel, Larsen, O'Keeffe and Gerringer each had multi-hit games with Reichel, O'Keeffe and Gerringer each also scoring three runs. LeFevre and Reichel finished with four RBI to lead the Saints.
Will Fellows and Liam Rogers were solid on the mound in relief of Dunn. Rogers pitched two scoreless innings and allowed just one hit, while striking out four of the seven batters he faced.
The Saints and Thoroughbreds will return to Tom Fay Field on Saturday morning for the final two games of their four-game set. The first game is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.