RPI takes 1st two of Liberty League baseball series from Saints
Junior outfielder Shane Matthews hit two home runs as Rensselaer rocked St. Lawrence University 16-5 in game two of a Liberty League doubleheader in Troy on Saturday, completing a sweep after a 2-1 win in the first game of the day.
RPI improves to 19-7 overall and is 11-5 in league play, riding a eight-game win streak into Sunday's second set of the weekend series. The Saints fall to 13-10 overall and are now 7-7 in the Liberty League.In game one, the Saints' Joe Riley and RPI's Mike Campisi locked up in a gem of a pitcher's duel with Campisi emerging the winner in a seven-inning game that lasted just over 1:15.
Campisi threw a three hitter, walking two and striking out seven to hand Riley his first loss after a 5-0 start. RPI scored both of its runs with two outs and Riley walked none and struck out six.
RPI scored on Andrew Kalesh's two-out double in the second inning with Kalesh thrown at the plate by Paul Piatelli trying to score on a single later in the inning. The Engineers made it 2-0 in the fifth when Jonny Rio singled, stole second with two out and scored on Mike Croke's single.
The Saints cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the sixth as Ethan Braddock walked, stole second and scored when Mark Syron delivered his second hit of the game with two out.
Carter Franz hit a two run home run in the top of the first inning in game two, his fifth of the year, to give the Saints a lead, but Chuck Erickson delivered a three run double in the bottom of the first and five straight singles and a pair of errors contributed to six RPI runs in the bottom of the third and a 9-2 Engineer lead.
RPI tacked on a run in the bottom of the fifth to make it 10-2, and while Khifer O'Connor got one back with a solo home run in the top of the sixth, RPI tacked on runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth, getting ga two run shot from Matthews in the sixth and a solo homer in the eighth.
Zane Fish homered in the top of the ninth and Ethan Braddock was hit by a pitch, advanced on an error and scored on a fielder's choice to complete the Saint scoring in the top of the ninth.