Union sweeps Saints in Liberty League series
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 8:09 am

Carter Franz homered to give the Saints a lead in the top of the 10th of game 2. Photo by Wally Johnson.Carter Franz homered to give the Saints a lead in the top of the 10th of game 2. Photo by Wally Johnson.

Union College scored twice in the bottom of the 10th inning to overcome a 4-3 St. Lawrence University lead and swept a Liberty League doubleheader from the Saints 5-4 and 6-3 in Schenectady on Tuesday.

 

Union added to its Liberty League lead, improving to 12-4 overall and 9-1 in league play, The Saints are 10-6 overall and 4-3 in the league heading into a weekend series against Vassar.

Union jumped out to a 3-0 lead in game two, scoring three runs on a two run single by Tyler Heck and a single by Vince Esposito. The Saints tied it in the top of the sixth as Carter Franz and Khifer O'Connor singled and Brian Magovney delivered a three-run homer.

Franz hit a leadoff homer in the top of the tenth to give the Saints a 4-3 lead, but Union won it in the bottom of the inning when Jamie Faber singled, was sacrificed to second and scored on Sam Caruso's double. Carouso came around with the winning run on a single by Anders Goetz.

Andrew Schreyack took the loss in relief for the Saints while Matt Yonta was the winning pitcher for Union.

Union won game one, overcoming an early Saint lead with three in the bottom of the first and building a 5-1 lead en route its 6-3 win.

The Saints took a lead in the top of the first when Bryan Palermo led off with a single, went to second on a walk and scored on Jeff Kott's single, but control problems by Saint starter Mike Dell'Olio contributed to a three-run bottom of the first for the Dutchmen. Two singles put runners on first and third and wild pitches brought home all three runs.

Tyler Heck was hit by a pitch, went to second on an error and scored on Jeff Grasso's single in the third and Matt Barretto singled and scored on Vince Esposito's double to make it 5-1 in the fourth.

The Saints staged a two-out rally in the top of the fifth as Carter Franz walked, Khifter O'Connor singled and Kott walked to load the bases. Back-to-back walks to Jeff Prindle and Paul Piatelli plated the runs to cut the Union lead to 5-3, but the Dutchmen got that run back on a walk, a wild pitch and Sam Caruso's single in the bottom of the fifth.

SLU had runners on second and third with two out in the sixth, but reliever Chris Pignatello worked out of the jam and Seth Roberts closed it in the seventh, earning a save on starter Phil Kemp's win. Dell'Olio took the loss for the Saints with Ben Jenkins allowing one run in relief.