St. Lawrence University's baseball team took advantage of walks in a eight run fifth inning and went on to a 12-6 win over Rensselaer in a Liberty League baseball game at Tom Fay Field on Sunday. Game two of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled due to the weather.
The Saints complete their season at 19-13 overall and 11-9 in league play. RPI is 23-12 overall and 12-9 in the league after dropping two of three to the Saints.
Mike Dell'Olio earned the win in relief of Chris Kellogg for the Saints in a game which was baseball's version of a walk-a-thon. RPI pitchers walked 14 in seven innings, the Saints walked seven and there were three wild pitches, three hit batters and four passed balls.
Bryan Palmero lead the Saints with a two for four day at the plate with three runs driven in while Khifer O'Connor was also two for four. Tim LeSeur led RPI with three of the Engineers' eight hits in the game.
RPI jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first in game one as LeSeur doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Shane Matthews and the second run came around on an error. The Saints got one back in the top of the fourth when O'Connor doubled, went to third on an error and scored on Chris Fernandez' single, but RPI answered with three in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-1 lead. Nick Annunziata's double, an error, Chris Holomakoff's single and a sacrifice fly by Tyler Lustig accounted for the fourth inning runs.
The Saints scored eight times in the top of the fifth despite getting only three hits in the inning, two of them by Palmero. The Saint second baseman led off the inning with a single and RPI pitchers then contributed six walks. A ground out, wild pitch and passed ball added to the run total before Palmero's second single of the inning drove in two runs and Mark Syron's base hit drove in the eighth run of the inning. Five walks and a hit batter brought home three more Saint runs in the top of the sixth to make it a 12-6 game.