COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College baseball team dropped a pair of Northeast-10 Conference contests to regionally-ranked Pace University at Doc Jacobs Field on Saturday, falling 6-1 in game one before losing 4-2 in a 10-inning affair in the second game. The Setters are ranked sixth in this week's National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) East Region poll.
- Saint Michael's (5-13, 2-7 NE10), Pace (17-9, 6-5 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Sophomore Zach Rodgers (Parrish, Fla./Manatee), 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
- First-year Sebastian Oetterer (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips), 1-for-3, 2B
- Sophomore Iset Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep), R, SB
- Sophomore Anthony Azpeitia (Tampa, Fla./King), RBI
- Senior Dan Wirchansky, 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 16 K
- Senior Michael Barbato, 2-for-5, R, RBI, SB
- Junior Noah Clement, 2-for-4, RBI
- Junior Joseph Curcio, 2-for-5, R, SB
- Sophomore Dean DePreta, 2-for-4, R, 2 SB
- Sophomore Luke Jacobi, 1-for-5, R, RBI
- The first of five games in four days for the Purple Knights, with each opponent being either regionally or nationally ranked. Also the third game in an 11-game homestand.
- This was the first time the Purple Knights have hosted the Setters, with their other four contests all being played in Pleasantville, N.Y.
- Rodgers and sophomore Dan Favicchio (Massapequa, N.Y./Saint John the Baptist Diocesan) combined to strand nine Pace runners, while surrendering just one free pass.
- After three scoreless innings to begin the game the Setters scored a run in the fourth on three hits and an error as DePreta, who had reached on a leadoff single, scored on an infield error.
- Oetterer doubled with two outs in the bottom of the fifth to break up Wirchansky's perfect game.
- Pace tallied two more runs in the top of the sixth on one hit. Barbato led the inning off with a single, while senior Alex Pia was hit by a pitch before both runners advanced, Barbato on a steal and Pia on a wild pitch, to move into scoring position. Clement knocked Barbato in on a groundout to the pitcher, before Pia scored on a passed ball.
- The Setters added three insurance runs on four hits and an error in the top of the ninth. Jacobi knocked in sophomore Matt Bass with two outs after Bass had singled and stolen second, before Jacobi scored on an overthrow from the outfield on Curcio's single. Barbato plated Curcio with a single to left two batters later to make it 6-0.
- The Purple Knights scored their lone run in the bottom of the ninth as Azpeitia knocked in Maldonado after Maldonado reached on an error and advanced to third on a wild pitch and a stolen base. Sophomore Danté Moran (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Dixie Hollins) reached on an error before first-year Harrison Stampler (Miami, Fla./Coral Gables) walked, but both were stranded to end the game.
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Oetterer, R, BB
- Stampler, 2-for-4, BB
- Senior Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional), 2-for-3, R, RBI, 2B, BB, HP; 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, Loss
- Sophomore Alex Mendez (Fallon, Nev./Churchill County), 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
- Sophomore Cameron Kroeger (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside), 1-for-5, 2B, RBI
- DePreta, 2-for-5, 2 R, RBI, 3B, SB
- Barbato, 1-for-3, 2 RBIs, 2 SF
- Jacobi, 1-for-4, 2 R, BB
- Junior Brian Bohlander, 2-for-4, 2B, HP, SB
- First-year Michael Roll, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
- Junior Joe Pizzingrillo, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, Win
- Junior Lorenzo Russo, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, Save
- Allen tied Tim Pilczak '10 for seventh in program history in career hits with 113. He also tied Evan Grenier '08 for eighth at Saint Michael's in walks with his 45 and vaulted into eighth in games played with 117, passing George Buteau '15 (116) and Drew Hamilton '95 (116).
- Junior Lenin Gomez (Edison, N.J./Edison/New Jersey City) was hit by his ninth pitch this season in 18 games, tying him with Pilczak, David Deyo '05, Kevin Koscso '06, and Chadwick Estey '12 for third in program history. He also leads the NE10 in hit-by-pitches per game (0.50).
- The Purple Knights held an 8-7 advantage in hits.
- The Purple Knights had runners on the corners in the bottom of the fourth inning, but were unable to convert after Allen reached on a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch, while Gomez got to first on a fielding error.
- Pace left the bases loaded in the top of the seventh as Mendez struck out the final batter to keep the game scoreless.
- Saint Michael's finally struck in the bottom of the seventh, scoring two runs on two two-out hits. After a walk by Oetterer, Allen plated him with a double down the right field line, before Kroeger followed up with a double to left center that scored Allen.
- Pace answered back in the next half inning with two runs on three hits. Jacobi opened the inning with a single to right center and advanced on a passed ball before DePreta stroked a triple to right center and scored on a long sacrifice fly from Barbato to tie the game.
- The Purple Knights had the winning run on second base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as Allen walked and moved to second on a single by Stampler, but neither scored, which sent the game into extra innings.
- The Setters took a 4-2 lead in the top of the 10 inning, plating two runs on two hits. Jacobi led off with a walk before Clement bunted him to over to second and DePreta singled through the left side to put runners on the corners. Jacobi scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball that moved DePreta to third after he stole second before Barbato knocked him in on a sacrifice fly to center.
- In the bottom half of the frame Maldonado walked with one out, which brought the tying run to the plate, but the final two batters were set down.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Sunday vs. regionally-ranked Adelphi University, 12 p.m. doubleheader
- The Panthers are ranked fourth in the NCBWA East Region poll.