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Bridgeport Bats Defeat Baseball in Series Opener

Josh Battaglia at Lincoln on April 13, 2021.
Josh Battaglia at Lincoln on April 13, 2021.

In the first of three-straight days on the road, the D'Youville baseball team fell to Bridgeport, 21-1, in East Conference action Friday afternoon at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Conn.

The Purple Knights used the win to improve to 7-6 overall, holding the same record in ECC play, while the Saints shifted to 2-16 on the season and 0-12 in the league standings.

Using 25 hits as a team, Bridgeport was led by five hits from lead-off hitter Conall Roberts and six innings of one-hit ball from starter Anthony Martino, while Anthony Pascale provided plenty of run support for Martino with seven RBI that included a three-run home run. Junior center fielder Alex Liem prevented the Saints from being shut out, notching a two-out RBI double in the ninth inning.

Andre Marchesseault struck the first blow with an RBI single in the first inning, and Pascale followed in the next at-bat with his three-run blast to give Martino a four-run cushion before even throwing a pitch.

The second inning was one to forget for the Saints, as the Purple Knights piled on 13 runs in the frame, sparked by run-scoring doubles from Craig Leonard, Marchesseault and Pascale.

Jake Woods doubled in another run in the third, and came around to score himself when Marchesseault drove him in on a sacrifice fly.

Bridgeport would be held scoreless for the next four innings by the D'Youville bullpen, but UB tacked on two more runs in the eighth when Woods ripped an RBI single and Roberts doubled home William Ciccone.

It was the Saints who would score last, as senior Matt Guenther reached base on an error with two out, and Liem's double brought him home after sophomore Josh Battaglia walked.

Martino finished his quality start by earning the victory with six scoreless frames that included 10 strikeouts, while Ciccone got the save with three punch-outs across three innings of work.

Sophomore Jared Glowniak did record three strikeouts despite suffering the losing decision, and senior Kevin Sanders made his debut on the mound in 1.1 innings of work. Fellow seniors Nick Jank and Brendan Burke both pitched two shutout innings, while freshman Alex Dzimian closed out the final inning for the Saints.

Notables – Bridgeport now leads the all-time series, 1-0 … Friday was Glowniak's first career start on the mound … Sophomore Jeremy Glinski's single on Friday extends his on-base streak to 21 games, reaching base safely in all 21 game this season … Burke and Jank have both made back-to-back multi-inning appearances out of the bullpen with their outings in the series opener.

Up Next – The Saints wrap up their series with the Purple Knights on Saturday. The doubleheader is set to begin at 11 a.m.