Two comebacks, two 6-4 wins for Saints baseball over Skidmore
Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 9:01 am

Taylor Digilio's two-run single in the top of the ninth inning helped the St. Lawrence baseball team snap a 4-4 tie and come from behind for the fourth time this weekend to earn its second 6-4 win of the afternoon on Tom Fay Field on Saturday.

The Saints won the opening game on Saturday with help from a pair of home runs by Devin Robson and swept the four-game series with the Thoroughbreds to improve to 8-11 overall and 6-4 in Liberty League action. Skidmore falls to 9-13 and 4-10 with the losses.

The last time the Saints swept a four-game conference set was on March 21-22, 2015 at Bard.

Game 1 –

Robson drove in three of the Saints five runs in the fourth inning with his first home run of the season to the Scarlet and Brown erase an early 2-0 deficit and take a 5-2 lead. Michael LeFevre and Erik Larsen also added an RBI a piece in the comeback effort.

After Skidmore has cut the lead to 5-3 with a solo home run from Pat Geiger, Robson answered with a solo shot of his own down the left field line for his second of the day and a 6-3 lead in the top of the sixth.

Skidmore put one across again in the bottom of the frame with a pinch-hit sacrifice fly by Hayden Smith and brought the tying run to the plate with one out in the bottom of the seventh. But closer Liam Rogers got Geiger to hit into a huge 5-4-3 double play to end the game and seal the win.

Starter Evan Reichel earned his second win of the season, throwing six and one-third innings and allowing four runs on eight hits with four strikeouts. Rogers, who threw just three pitches, picked up the save.

Robson finished 3-for-4 in game one with four RBI and two runs scored, with Brendon Frank and Adam Reichel both went 2-for-5.

Game 2 –

The Saints combined to score five runs in the final two innings with Taylor Digilio recording both of his hits and all three RBIs in the final two frames.

Skidmore had a 4-1 lead entering the top of the eighth inning but the Saints were able to tie the game at four with three runs on four hits and a costly Skidmore error to set up the ninth-inning comeback.

Michael LeFevre led off the eighth with a triple to right field after two Skidmore players collided while running to make a play on the ball. On the very first pitch of the next at bat, Robson brought LeFevre in to score with a sac fly to left for a 4-2 game.

Anthony Butler reached on an error and Erik Larsen singled to left to put two on with one out for Digilio who doubled to left center to score Butler and cut the deficit to one. Jeremy Gerringer then drove in Larsen as the game-tying run with a hard single to shortstop.

Reliever Alex Black came in to replace starter Caleb Clarke in the bottom of the eighth and retired the Thoroughbreds in order.

In the top of the ninth walks to Reichel, Robson and Larsen loaded the bases with two out for Digilio who sent a two-run single up the middle to help the Saints take the lead 6-4.

In the bottom of the frame, Robson made a clutch sliding catch in foul territory along the fence of the Saints bullpen in right field for the first out of the inning. Black issued a four-pitch walk and gave up a single to put the tying runs on base, but left them stranded when he struck out pinch hitter Nate Scheinman.

Black was the pitcher of record for the Saints, earning his first win of the season. He allowed just one hit in two innings of work with three strikeouts. Clarke, the starter, allowed four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts of his own in seven innings of work.

Reliever Jack Walter took the loss for the Thoroughbreds after issuing the walks to Reichel and Robson that led to the go-ahead runs.

Up next for the Saints is a non-conference midweek game at SUNY Canton on Wednesday, April 19 at 4 p.m.