Saints batter RIT pitching in 15-2, 8-1 sweep
Sophomore outfielder Brian Magovney hit a two run homer and threw out a runner at the plate to help St. Lawrence to a 15-2 win in game one of a Liberty League doubleheader against RIT on Sunday and Bryan Palermo, Carter Franz and Matt D'Auteuil combined for 10 hits to back a solid pitching performance by freshman Andrew Schreyack as the Saints completed a four-game series sweep with an 8-1 win in the nightcap.
St. Lawrence improved to 23-10 on the season and 16-7 in Liberty League play and remains in a tight three-way race for the league regular season title. The Saints will play Ithaca in a non-league game on Wednesday and conclude the regular season with doubleheaders at Clarkson on Saturday and at home against the Golden Knights on Sunday. RIT fell to 12-23 overall and 7-17 in league play after Sunday's two losses.Sophomore Joe Riley improved to 4-2 on the mound, giving up ten hits in game one, but allowing only one run in six innings of work in game one. He walked two and struck out five with Andrew Weitzel giving up a run on two hits in the seventh.
The Saints, who pounded out 31 hits in Sunday's doubleheader, got three from Palermo in game one as the sophomore second baseman went 11 for 19 with 10 runs scored and two driven in in the four game series. Magovney was two for four with three runs driven in for the Saints while Jon Meyer homered for RIT's first run.
The Saints scored three in the top of the first, all unearned against starter Ronnie Canestro as Palermo reached on an error and scored when Franz' fly ball was dropped for a three-base error. Jeff Kott singled in a second run and Magovney singled to drive in the third. RIT, playing as the home team on the Saints' field, cut it to 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth on Meyer's leadoff homer to left, but Magovney cut a rally short, nailing Skip Flanagan at the plate for the third out of the inning.
SLU tacked on two runs in the top of the fifth when Matt DeLuca was hit by a pitch and Magovney launched his first homer of the year to left and added four more in the top of the sixth as Palmero led off with a single and scored on a double by Franz. Franz scored on Khifer O'Connor;s single to right and after Paul Piatelli doubled to right, Matt DeLuca singled to drive in O'Connor. Magovney reached on an error with Piatelli scoring for the fourth run of the inning. The Saints then put it out of reach with six in the top of the seventh with all of the scoring coming with two out. Piatelli hit a run-scoring double, another run scored on a passed ball and two came in on an error. Brian Brennan added a run-scoring single and Palermo singled in a run to complete the scoring.
Schreyack pitched seven innings of shutout ball in game two improving to 4-2 on the season with one run allowed on four hits and five strikeouts in eight innings. Kyle Donaldson finished it off for the Saints with a scoreless ninth.
RIT's Michael Burns took the loss as the Saints scored two in the top of the first as Palermo led off with a single and Franz homered to right for his fourth homer of the year. The Saints dded two unearned in the top of the fourth as D'Auteuil, who was four for five in the game, led off with a single and was sacrificed to second. Palermo then beat out an infield hit and D'Auteuil scored when the throw got past the first baseman. Palermo then stole second and Franz doubled him home for a 4-0 Saint lead.
SLU added a run in the top of the sixth as Palermo singled and scored on Kott's base hit and scored three more in the top of the seventh as Taylor Engle and D'Auteuil hit back-to-back singles, Ethan Braddock was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Engle scored when Braddock beat the throw to second on Palermo's fielder's choice. Franz drew a bases loaded walk for the second run of the inning with Braddock scoring on a wild pitch.
RIT got is lone run in the bottom of the eighth as C.J. Bolorin led off with a double, moved to third on Jaren Bell's single and scored on Kreag Bradley's sacrifice fly.