April 6, 2008

Baseball splits 5-3 decisions in DH with Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (courtesy SC sports info) – Jimmy Lisowski pitched a complete game victory to lead the Springfield College baseball team to a 5-3 victory in game #1 of a doubleheader against Brandeis this afternoon at SC’s Berry-Allen Field. Tyler Robinson then returned the favor by pitching a complete game victory as Brandeis won by an identical 5-3 score in game #2.

Brandeis (9-7) jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first of Game #1, when the first three batters each laced a single. Sophomore 1B Drake Livada drove in the initial run.

But a double by junior DH Ryan Tetreau plated two runs in the bottom of the second for the home team, putting Springfield (7-13) into the lead. The Pride scored two more in the third on three hits, a hit batsman, and a ground out.

Brandeis closed the gap to 4-3 in the top of the sixth on two singles, a wild pitch, a sac fly by sophomore C Artie Posch, and a ground out. Springfield added one more on a walk and a stolen base by junior CF Drew Michael, then an RBI-single by senior second baseman Tim Romeo.

Lisowski, a junior lefty, struck out six and walked none in a 7-inning complete-game win. Lisowski is now 2-1. Brandeis used six pitchers. Starting righty Rocco Toppi took the loss. He is now 3-2.

Junior SS Jamie Mackie went 2-for-3 for
the Pride. Junior OF Mike Alfego, sophomore 2B John O’Brion, and Livada all had two hits in game #1 for the Judges.

In the second game, Brandeis jumped out to a 3-0 lead with two in the first and one in the third. In the first inning, after the first two batters singled and doubled, one run scored on a ground out by Livada, and a second scored on a sac fly to center by junior RF Dave Almeida. In the third, Alfego led off with a double and scored on an RBI single by Almeida.

Springfield came back with a run in the fourth and two in the sixth. In the fourth, Mackie led off with a double and came around on a single by junior DH Travis Turgeon. In the sixth inning, senior 1B Casey Federico led off with a single. He was doubled to third by senior C Justin Nussey. One out later, both runs scored on a single to right by senior right fielder Rex Cone. Michael then walked, putting the go-ahead run at second. But Robinson, a senior lefty, got tough, getting two straight
batters to ground to shortstop. Springfield also had the winning run on second base with one out in the seventh, but Robinson induced an easy pop-up and then came up with a clutch strike out.

In the top of the eighth, with one out and a man on first, what looked like a perfect double play ball was picked up by the second baseman and thrown into left field. With runners on first and third, Brandeis capitalized when freshman LF Tony Deschler executed a perfect suicide squeeze, putting the Judges ahead, 4-3. Brandeis then scored on another error, putting them up by a 5-3 count.

In the bottom of the inning, Springfield got leadoff singles by Turgeon and Cone. But again Robinson proved equal to the task by getting three straight outs. The game ended when Posch made a great one-handed foul ball catch as he was headed into the Springfield dugout.

Robinson went all eight innings for Brandeis, improving his record to 3-1. He gave up three runs, all earned, and nine hits. He struck out seven and walked four. Senior lefty Michael Searles picked up the loss and is now 0-2. SC starter Jacob Feist hurled the first 4.2 innings, allowing six hits and three runs, all earned.