Baseball drops opener of three-game weekend series at Bentley

Baseball drops opener of three-game weekend series at Bentley

WALTHAM, Mass. - The Saint Michael's College baseball team opened a three-game weekend series with Bentley University by falling 7-2 on Friday at DeFelice Field during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights are 0-6 overall and in the league, while the Falcons improved to 3-16-1 and 1-3-1. The teams play a doubleheader on Saturday at 12 p.m. to continue a five-game weekend for the Purple and Gold.

Junior PJ Jasak (Palmer, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy/Le Moyne) went 2-for-4 for the visitors, running his hitting streak to four contests, during which he now has a pair of multi-hit performances. Sophomore Sean Winthrop (Hopkinton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) finished 1-for-3 with a run, and first-year Kevin Fox (Cogan Station, Pa./Montoursville Area) drove in a run. Sophomore Christian Devine (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits in five innings. Classmate Denis Cooney (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield) had his finest outing in his first season as a college ballplayer, firing three innings of one-hit, shutout relief, striking out five and walking no one.

Sophomore Austin Farry finished 3-for-4 with a run, an RBI and a double for the Falcons, while first-year Ryan Berardino went 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs, two doubles and a hit by pitch. Sophomore Brandon Grover stole three bases while scoring twice, and Graduate student Bill Sullivan tossed a complete-game four-hitter, allowing only one earned run while striking out six and walking none.

Bentley scored two runs in the first inning to grab the final lead, with first-year Luke Figueira coming home on a groundout for the second out and Berardino doubling in Grover. Jasak led off the second inning with a single to bring the tying run to the plate, but Sullivan induced a double-play grounder, the first of 17 straight Purple Knights he set down. Three straight Falcons reached base to begin the fourth, and first-year Christopher Butler's sac fly for the second out made it 3-0 before Figueira came through with a two-run double.

Berardino's RBI double was followed by a run-scoring knock from Farry the following frame, giving the hosts a 7-0 advantage. However, Devine and Cooney combined to retire 11 of the final 13 batters. Jasak broke up Sullivan's consecutive-outs streak by leading off the eighth with a single, and sophomore Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) and Winthrop later came home on Fox's groundout and an infield error, respectively.