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Lincoln Pitching Hands Baseball a Pair of Losses to Open ECC Action

Adam Lampman at Lincoln on March 27, 2021.
Adam Lampman at Lincoln on March 27, 2021.

The D'Youville baseball team was unable to solve Lincoln's starting pitchers in both games of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon in Chester County, Pa. The Saints opened their East Coast Conference schedule with a 10-1 loss to the Lions in game one before falling in the second contest of the day, 8-1.

The two defeats moved the Saints to 2-6 on the season and 0-2 in ECC play, while the Lions improved to an identical 2-6 overall record and shifted to a 2-0 mark in the league standings.

GAME ONE RECAP

Striking first, the Saints got two on base to start the game after sophomore catcher Jeremy Glinski was plunked and freshman shortstop Alex Dzimian walked, setting up sophomore Mateo Santos to drive in Glinski with a single up the middle.

After being held scoreless in the first inning, Lincoln took the lead in the second on Hilman Truss's single that plated two runs for the Lions. The home team kept up the offense in the third inning, as Willie Hines ripped a two-run double before Sheldon Johnson brought Hines on a double himself to bring the Lions' advantage to 5-1.

Truss came through again for Lincoln in the bottom of the seventh, hitting another two-run single that gave the Lions an extra pair of insurance runs. Lincoln tacked on three more runs in the eighth.

Trevon Sutton (1-2) went the distance for Lincoln to pick up his first victory of the campaign, spreading five hits and one run over nine innings while sitting down nine Saints via the strikeout. Sutton was aided at the plate by Truss and Johnson both tallying three hits in the win.

Senior lefty Adam Lampman (0-4) got the start for D'Youville, giving up five runs in 4.1 innings despite four strikeouts in the losing effort. Sophomore Jared Glowniak followed with two runs allowed in 2.2 innings, while senior Brendan Burke surrendered three runs in his fourth appearance of the season before sophomore Kyle Nash recorded the last two outs in the eighth inning.

GAME TWO RECAP

In the nightcap, Lincoln got on the board first when Jordan Rorer knocked in Malcolm Smith on a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the second. Kashif Hill followed with a two-run single up the middle to extend the Lions' lead. After a pitching change, Alex Jones added an RBI single, and Hines tacked on two more runs off a double before the Lions closed the inning with a seventh run off a bases-loaded walk to Smith.

Hines singled home another run in the third, giving the Lions their eighth and final run of the game.

The Saints avoided the shutout in the fifth, as sophomore second baseman Renato Quinones singled to score junior right fielder Alex Liem and cut the lead to 8-1, but that proved to be the final tally of the day as Lincoln's Rolando Alvarez closed the door the rest of the way for a complete game.

Alvarez (1-1) finished off his victory with 10 strikeouts across seven innings, only allowing three hits and two walks to the Saints. On the D'Youville side, senior right-hander Bryce Little was handed the loss, being on the hook for six runs in 1.1 innings of work. Nash entered again in relief, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out three Lion batters, while senior lefty Nick Jank pitched a scoreless frame in the sixth.

Notables – Quinones' two-hit contest in the second game is his first multi-hit performance since April 6, 2019, at Pitt-Bradford … Glinski's double in Saturday's opener gave the sophomore his team-leading sixth extra-base hit of the season … Glinski also picked up his ECC-leading sixth stolen base of the campaign … Over the two games, the Saints left 13 runs on base, while the Lions stranded 20 runners on Saturday … Despite combining for three steals in the opening game, neither team swiped a base in the second game.

Up Next – The two teams will close out the weekend series tomorrow at noon.