SLU Sweeps Baseball Doubleheader At Plattsburgh
Andrew Circelli hit a grand slam in the first game, and the St. Lawrence University baseball team totaled 28 hits while the pitching staff allowed just 13 in a 9-1, 13-2 non-league doubleheader sweep of Plattsburgh State in Plattsburgh on Saturday afternoon.
The wins were the first of the season for the Saints, now 2-3 on the season, and the first for interim head coach Kenny Collins.
"The guys came ready to play today," said Collins. "We had contributions all throughout the lineup and pitching staff. After a couple good weeks of practice, we were all itching to get back on the field and our energy was great."
Circelli's grand slam came in the sixth inning of the first game with the Saints trailing 1-0. St. Lawrence didn't trail the rest of the day, coasting to a 9-1 win in the first game and scoring three runs in the top of the first inning in the second game.
Circelli was on the base paths all day, going 3-for-5 with five walks. The Saints were also very active on the base paths, stealing a total of 10 bases, led by Circelli, who had two in both games. James Cronin was 4-for-8 with two doubles and two stolen bases on the day for the Saints.
St. Lawrence will face Ithaca in a neutral site contest in its final scheduled non-league game on Wednesday in Cortland.
Game One: St. Lawrence 9, Plattsburgh State 1
After Circelli's blast, the Saints tacked on five more runs and the bullpen held the Cardinals in check.
Cronin drove in a run with an RBI double in the seventh, Matthew Killian did the same in the eighth, and Drew Courtwright and Brian Comerford sandwiched RBI singles around a bases loaded walk by Cristian Forgione in the ninth.
Cameron Morrissey picked up the win with three innings out of the bullpen, allowing just one walk with two strikeouts. Starting pitcher Jack Sylvia allowed just one run on five hits with five strikeouts in four innings.
Stephen Bryant and Aaron Roman were both 2-for-4 to lead Plattsburgh State at the plate.
Game Two: St. Lawrence 13, Plattsburgh State 2 (7 innings)
Drew Courtwright was 3-for-4 with three RBI, and Comerford was also 3-for-4 to lead the Saints in the second game.
Nicholas Butler, Forgione and Courtwright each hit RBI singles in the first inning for the Saints, and after an RBI groundout by Plattsburgh in the second inning, Comerford restored the three-run lead by scoring on a wild pitch in the fourth inning.
Courtwright made it 6-1 with a two-run single and scored on a wild pitch to increase the lead to 7-1 in the fifth inning. Circelli, Comerford Jimmy Liberatore, Jake Delaney and Michael Goretti added RBI singles and Chris Watson hit a sacrifice fly to give the Saints a 13-1 lead in the sixth inning.
Andrew Veit scored on a wild pitch to account for Plattsburgh State's second run.
Butler and Liberatore were both 2-for-5 at the plate for the Saints, while Steve Messerschmitt was 2-for-3 for the Cardinals.
Andrew Matthews earned the win on the mound for the Saints, allowing one run on four hits with five strikeouts and no walks in four innings pitched. Ogdensburg's Ethan Badlwin pitched one inning in the game.
SKIDMORE SWEEPS SAINTS IN SOFTBALL
Skylar Hein hit her fifth double of the season, but the St. Lawrence University softball team dropped a pair of Liberty League contests at Skidmore on Saturday, falling by 6-4 and 8-0 scores. The Saints will face Clarkson in a home-and-home series next weekend, playing at Clarkson on Saturday and hosting the Golden Knights on Sunday.
Game 1: Skidmore 6, St. Lawrence 4
McKailey Lyndaker gave St. Lawrence an early 1-0 lead, scoring on a wild pitch in the top of the first inning, but the Thoroughbreds responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run double by Hannah Davis and an RBI single by Chloe McGonagle. Lyndaker scored her second run of the game on an error in the third inning to cut the lead to one, but Skidmore again responded in the bottom of the frame, scoring a pair of runs on RBI singles by Kaitlyn Judd and McGonagle. Sofia Adams scored on an RBI groundout by Zola Braswell in the top of the fourth inning, and Hein hit an RBI double in the fifth to cut the lead to 5-4, but the Thoroughbreds scored an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth on a wild pitch. Margo Hopper, Hein, Adams and Braswell had hits for the Saints. Judd, Davis, McGonagle and Grace O'Connell all went 2-for-3 for Skidmore. Davis earned the complete-game win for Skidmore, allowing two earned runs on four hits with six strikeouts and four walks. Lyndaker took the loss for the Saints, allowing four runs on five hits in two innings. Jacee Casebolt pitched well in relief, allowing two runs on four hits in four innings.
Game 2: Skidmore 8, St. Lawrence 0 (6 innings)
Lindsey Raimondi allowed just four base runners on two hits and two walks in a complete-game shutout to lead the Thoroughbreds in an eight-run-rule shortened game in the nightcap. Katie Anderson was 3-for-4 with two RBI to lead Skidmore at the plate. Judd was 2-for-2 and Francesca Casillas was 2-for-3. Skidmore scored four runs in the first inning, added one more in the fifth, then ended the game with three runs in the sixth inning. Meredith Rose and Cora Ferguson hit singles for the Saints.