Rochester Bats Sizzle In Sweep Over Saints
Nicholas Butler was 4-for-5 with two home runs — including a grand slam — in the second game of a doubleheader, but the University of Rochester's bats proved to be too hot, as the Saints were swept by the Yellowjackets 19-3 and 21-13 to close out the teams' Liberty League series on Sunday afternoon in Rochester. The Saints fell to 10-10 overall and 5-7 in the Liberty League with the losses. The first-place Yellowjackets improved to 20-7 and 14-2. "We ran into a really good team that is relentless at the plate today," said St. Lawrence interim head coach Kenny Collins. "We need to keep moving forward and making adjustments if we are going to reach our goals for this season." The Saints will close out the non-league portion of the regular season with a doubleheader against SUNY Canton at Tom Fay Field on Wednesday, then finish up their conference schedule next weekend with a four-game series with Skidmore.
Game 1: Rochester 19, St. Lawrence 3
The Yellowjackets scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings to build a 13-0 lead before the Saints picked up runs on an RBI groundout by William Montgomery and a sacrifice fly by James Cronin in the fifth inning. Ryan Rodriguez added an RBI groundout in the sixth inning for the Saints. Jackson Reed led the Yellowjackets' offense, going 3-for-4 at the plate. Aaron Whitley and Josh Leadem hit home runs for Rochester. Trevor Van Allen allowed one earned run on five hits in six innings of work to pick up the win for Rochester in the seven-inning contest.
Game 2: Rochester 21, St. Lawrence 13
Butler's second-inning grand slam gave the Saints a 5-1 lead in the second inning, and Andrew Circelli added an RBI triple and Cristian Forgione an RBI single to push the lead to 7-1 later in the frame, but Rochester chipped away, scoring two runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings to trim the St. Lawrence lead to 8-7. Butler then hit a solo bomb, his third of the season, to give the Saints a 9-7 lead in the bottom of the sixth, but the Yellowjackets pushed three runs across in the seventh to take their first lead of the game, then added 11 runs in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach. Michael Goretti was 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI from the leadoff spot for the Saints, and Cronin was 2-for-6 with a double. Joseph Rende, John Moses and Leadem all had four hits for Rochester; Whitley, Jacob Matzat and Brian McKinsey hit home runs for the Yellowjackets.