Senior Mitch Davis has 11 hits over the last three games after going 4-for-5 with a pair of triples and three RBI this afternoon. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)
Skyhawks pick up second-straight win over rival Falcons behind 18-hit attack
EASTON, Mass. (April 7, 2010) – Stonehill College posted its fourth win over its last five outings with a 10-6 victory over rival Bentley University in a non-conference baseball matchup at Lou Gorman Field this afternoon. The game was originally scheduled to be played here on Friday, but was moved up two days due to the forecast for inclement weather.
After the two clubs combined for 35 hits here in yesterday’s 10-9 Stonehill win in ten innings, they combined for 30 this afternoon with the Skyhawks piling up 18 to the Falcons’ 12. Senior Mitch Davis (Bow, N.H./Bow), who has 11 hits in Stonehill’s last three games, led the offense again by going 4-for-5 with a pair of triples, a run scored and three RBI. Classmate Shane Franz (Cazenovia, N.Y./Cazenovia) hit 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI, while junior Angelo Bruno (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk) batted 2-for-4 with a home run, stolen base, two runs scored and three RBI. Sophomore Steven Popp (Unionville, Conn./Farmington) finished 2-for-5 with an RBI and run scored, while senior Thomas Marino (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) chipped in with a double.
Junior righthander Shane Penzone (Hudson, Mass./Hudson Catholic) collected the win (1-1) on the mound for Stonehill, allowing three earned runs on seven hits with a strikeout and four walks over 5.1 innings. Freshman righthander Jeff Croteau (Auburn, Mass./Auburn) took the loss (0-2), surrendering four earned runs on five hits in just an inning.
Senior Charlie Pagliarulo (Medford, Mass./Medford) led Bentley’s 12-hit effort by going 3-for-5 with a stolen base and run scored. Classmate Brett Damato (Commack, N.Y./Commack) hit 2-for-4 with a double and RBI, while senior Mike DeCoste (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) and junior Ross Curley (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) both chipped in with home runs.
Junior Angelo Bruno slugged his NE-10 leading seventh home run of the season this afternoon, finishing 2-for-4 with three RBI. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)
Stonehill opened a 6-0 lead after two innings of play. The Skyhawks scored four in the first on an RBI single by Bruno and two-run home run by Franz, while Bruno also scored on a wild pitch. They added two in the second when Bruno followed up a two-out single from sophomore Michael Magnussen (Carver, Mass./Coyle & Cassidy) with his team and Conference-leading seventh home run of the season.
Bentley cut the deficit in half with three runs in the top of the third. Freshman Lamarre Rey (Lynn, Mass./Pingree School) led off with a single and later scored on a wild pitch. Curley drove in a run on a ground out and then Damato laced an RBI double.
Stonehill regained control with four runs over the fourth and fifth innings to run its lead to 10-3. Davis followed up a leadoff single by senior Rob Von Stein (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) with an RBI triple in the fourth. Davis tripled again to spark the Skyhawks’ three-run fifth, driving in two, while Popp added an RBI single.
Bentley closed the gap in the late innings with a pair of home runs. Curley delivered a two-run blast in the eighth, before DeCoste rounded out the scoring with a leadoff shot in the ninth.
Stonehill (11-10, 6-3 NE-10) and Bentley (12-15, 7-4 NE-10) conclude their three-game midweek series tomorrow with an NE-10 matchup in Waltham at 3:30 p.m. The Skyhawks return home on Saturday to host Assumption College for a Northeast-10 doubleheader at Gorman Field starting at noon.