Rochester strong at the plate as Saints baseball falls in Doubleheader
The University of Rochester built an early lead in both games of a Liberty League doubleheader against the St. Lawrence University baseball team on Saturday afternoon, as the Saints fell to the Yellowjackets 5-2 and 11-4, respectively, on Tom Fay Field.
Rookie Andrew Circelli was the lone Saints player with a multi-hit game on the day, going 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored in game one. Senior Evan O'Keeffe led the Saints with two RBI in the second game, as he drilled a line-drive home run down the left field line in the third inning.Rochester combined for 27 hits in the doubleheader, with only one of those going for extra bases. They also finished with eight stolen bases on the day, including four for Kyle Trombley.
Game 1 – Rochester 5, St. Lawrence 2
St. Lawrence committed two errors through the first four Rochester at bats in the top of the first inning, allowing the Yellowjackets to take an early 3-0 lead, which, coincidentally, was all they needed en route to the win.
The visitors then extended their lead to 5-0 with two runs on three hits and another St. Lawrence error in the top of the second.
Starter Alex Black shut down the Yellowjackets in the next three innings, as did Liam Reiner in relief.
Black allowed nine hits in 5.0 innings pitched and gave up just two earned runs with two strikeouts. Reiner pitched the final two innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three.
St. Lawrence scored a run in both the fifth and sixth innings, first on an RBI groundout by Will Montgomery that brought Circelli in to score. In the sixth, it was Circelli who hit a deep sacrifice fly to the warning track in left field that allowed Taylor Digilio to tag up and come in for the team's second and final run of the game.
Game 2 – Rochester 11, St. Lawrence 4
The Rochester bats were out in full force in game two, as the Yellowjackets took a 7-0 lead with seven runs on seven hits in the top of the second inning and led by as much as 9-0 in the contest with two more runs in the top of the third.
Six of the seven hits for Rochester in the second inning were singles and Harper Sy capped off the inning with the lone extra-base hit of the day for the visitors – hitting a double down the left field line.
In the bottom of the third, with the Yellowjackets leading 9-0, St. Lawrence started to chip away at the deficit with O'Keeffe's line drive, two-run home run that hugged the foul pole to put the Saints on the board. Later in the frame, a double to left field by Montgomery brought Butler into scored to send the Saints into the fourth trailing 9-3.
Starter Patrick Greenan took the loss in the nightcap, throwing 2.0 innings and allowing nine runs on nine hits with a pair of strikeouts. He faced two batters in the third before he was relieved by Charlie Pacilio who quieted the Rochester bats and allowed just three hits in four innings of work. He also finished with two strikeouts on the day.
The Saints scored another run on an RBI walk issued to Anthony Butler in the bottom of the sixth to pull within five at 9-4, and were threatening to pull within a run with the bases loaded for the heart of the order, but left them loaded to end the inning.
St. Lawrence stranded 13 runners in game two, while Rochester left 17 on base.
Rochester tacked on two more runs on three hits in the eighth inning to push to the final 11-4 margin.
Records – St. Lawrence (4-16, 2-8 LL); Rochester (14-12, 8-6 LL)
Up Next – vs. Rochester on Sunday, April 14 at 10 a.m. on Tom Fay Field