LIU Post Takes Two From Hounds

Hunter Tralli

THE BASICS:

- Score: LIU Post 3, Assumption 1 (Game one); LIU Post 8, Assumption 1 F/7 (Game two)

- Records: LIU Post (10-6, 0-0 ECC), Assumption (8-6, 0-0 NE10)

- Location: Brookville, N.Y. (LIU Post Baseball Field)

- The Lead: The Assumption Greyhounds struggled against good pitching in both games of a doubleheader against LIU Post, striking for only one run in each game, and losing 3-1 in game one and then 8-1 in seven innings in game two on Saturday afternoon against the Pioneers.

HOW IT HAPPENED: GAME ONE

-Fresh off of earning National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association East Region Pitcher of the Week Honors, James Verela shut down the Hounds in game one, going eight innings and allowing only one run (zero earned) on five hits while striking out 14. Kevin Quinlivan (Shrewsbury, Mass. / St. John's) was the only Hound who could get to Verela consistently, going 2-for-3 and producing his team's only run in the third inning. With his team down 2-0, Quinlivan doubled down the right field line to score Dillon Koster (Woburn, Mass. / Woburn / Marist College) from second base on an errant throw from right field to cut LIU Post's lead to one at 2-1.

-Unfortunately for the Hounds, it was the only run they could score in game one as the Pioneers then added an insurance run in the seventh inning to make it 3-1. After reliever Patrick Harrington (Bedford, NH / Bedford High School) struck out Christopher Wasson for the second out of the inning, LIU Post's Jimmy Mendyk stole second on the play. As catcher Derek Adamson (Chelmsford, Mass. / Chelmsford) threw into second, David Franchi took home on a heads up play by the second baseman.

-Assumption threatened in both the seventh and eighth innings but came up empty, leaving four runners on base, leaving two on in each inning. The Hounds left runners on second and third in the seventh before popping out and then left runners on first and third before grounding out in the eighth.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

-Game one marked the second time this season Quinlivan had two hits in a game. He also hit two singles in a 21-5 win over Bloomfield back on February 24. Quinlivan is now 5-for-21 on the year following game one.

-Matt Schneider (Dalton, Mass. / Wahconah Regional) has come in defensively in all but two of his appearances and pinch hit in the ninth inning of game one. He singled into center field in his only at-bat, which moved him to 5-for-13 (.385) at the plate through game one.

-Cole Chudoba (Oxford, Conn. / Oxford High School) started and went six innings before exiting after facing two batters in the seventh. He pitched well, allowing only three runs on eight hits and struck out three but earned the loss. It was Chudoba's first loss on the year, who entered the game with a 3-0 record and a 1.29 ERA. Harrington did allow one inherited runner to score, but reduced his own ERA to a lowly 1.29.

HOW IT HAPPENED: GAME TWO

-The Pioneers struck early, knocking in three runs on two hits and one error in the first inning, and the Hounds couldn't recover, losing by an 8-1 final. A throwing error by the Hounds allowed LIU Post to set up runners in scoring position with no outs in the bottom of the first. On two seperate wild pitches, Wasson and Joe Pitscitelli scored to give LIU Post a 2-0 lead. Zach Fritz then singled in a run to put the Pioneers up by three through one.

-James McNamara (Westford, Mass. / Westford Academy) eventually settled, retiring nine out of the next 10 batters that he faced. He came undone again in the fifth inning however. With his team down 3-1, McNamara allowed Pisctelli to single and eventually score on a double by Michael Manzione, which eventually chased McNamara from the game. He finished his day after just 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks.

-With his team down 4-1, Colton King (Westerly, R.I. / Moses Brown Prep) relieved McNamara and immediately allowed Dave Brehm to score on a wild pitch and then allowed Fritz to walk. Jahsiah Greene reached on an error at third by the Hounds, which allowed Manzione to score and LIU Post to stretch their lead to five at 6-1. Michael Greene eventually lined into a double play to end the inning for King, who ended his day after just two outs and after allowing two inherited runners to score.

-LIU Post put the game out of reach in the sixth inning off MacGuire O'Sullivan (Durham, Conn. / Coginchaug Regional). In his fifth appearance for the Hounds, O'Sullivan allowed two runs on three hits and one walk to allow the Pioneers to extend their lead to seven at 8-1. He got out of the inning on a double play by shortstop Hunter Tralli (Berlin, Conn. / Northwest Catholic) followed by a groundout to third to leave two runners on.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

-Noah Lorenzo shut down the Hounds while on the mound, pitching all seven innings and allowed only one run on four hits and one walk. Lorenzo entered the game with a 1-3 record and had allowed nine runs on 28 hits in 23 2/3 innings. In his previous start, Lorenzo went eight innings, struck out 10, and only gave up two runs, but earned the loss in a 2-1 game to Slippery Rock.

-Jared Brescia (Brentwood, N.H. / Exeter) went 1-for-2 for the Hounds. Brescia started his season with at least one hit in each of his first eight games and has one home run and seven RBIs in 53 at-bats so far this season. He also has not committed an error yet as the starting second base.

-Although he allowed two inherited runners to score, King still maintains a 2.08 ERA in 8 2/3 innings of relief this season. He has struck out nine batters as well.

UP NEXT:

- The Hounds face LIU Post again tomorrow in another doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.

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