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Baseball Falls to Lincoln in High-Scoring Battle

Brendan Burke at Lincoln on April 13, 2021.
Brendan Burke at Lincoln on April 13, 2021.

In a game that saw the two sides combine for 27 hits, the D'Youville baseball team dropped its series finale with Lincoln, 14-6, on Tuesday afternoon at the MapleZone Sports Village in Aston, Pa.

The East Coast Conference win improved the Lions to a 3-6 record this season and a 3-0 mark in league play, while the Saints moved to 2-13 overall and 0-9 in ECC action.

Lincoln did not take long to get on the scoreboard, as a wild pitch in the first inning gave Willie Hines the chance to come home and hand the Lions an early lead.

Hilman Truss' first of four hits on the day added to the Lincoln advantage in the third, as his single brought in Elias Beltre and made it 2-0.

The Saints cut into the Lions' edge in the visiting half of the fourth, with freshman center fielder Caden Strobel scoring on a base hit from senior left fielder Kevin Sanders. Lincoln responded by plating four runs in the bottom of the frame, using a Max Guadalupe sacrifice fly to bring in one and an Alex Jones single to drive in the another, before Truss connected on another single that brought in a pair of runners.

Junior first baseman Shane Critelli did his part for the Saints in the fifth, smashing a bases-loaded double that plated two runs and closed the gap to 6-3, but Jones gave the Lions an insurance run during the home half of the inning with an RBI single.

D'Youville shortened the Lincoln lead again in the sixth, as freshman Alex Dzimian had a two-run knock to bring deficit to within two at 7-5.

Truss wiped out any ground the Saints had made up in the top of the sixth when he homered with Kashif Hill on base, and Jordan Rorer later scored on a wild pitch to put the Lions in front, 10-5.

Sanders registered his second RBI single of the game in the seventh, hitting one between the Lincoln first baseman and right fielder that drove in senior second baseman Matt Guenther.

The 10-6 score would not hold, as Beltre notched the second Lincoln home run of the game, launching a two-run shot over the left field fence in the latter half of the seventh. Jefry Azcona tacked on another run with a single up the middle, and Hines wrapped up the scoring by singling home Truss later in the frame.

CarVonte Williams fought through six innings to earn the win, allowing eight hits and five runs while recording two strikeouts. Nick Spurlock followed by giving up one run in two innings of work, while Josiah Lara tossed a scoreless ninth.

Dzimian got the start for D'Youville, suffering the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) in 3.2 frames on the mound. Senior Adam Lampman followed with two innings in relief, and Nick Jank pitched 1.1 innings out of the bullpen as well, before Brendan Burke held the Lions scoreless in one inning of work.

Notables – The all-time series now sits at 3-0 in favor of Lincoln … Critelli has recorded multi-hit games in two of his last three contests … Jeremy Glinski's two stolen bases gave him a conference-leading 12 on the season … Sanders' three-hit contest is his first since April 16, 2019 at Keuka, matching his career-high … The three hits for Dzimian sets a career high … Tuesday was Glinski's third multi-steal game of the season, and was Dzimian's second game with multiple steals.

Up Next – The Saints will play host to Bryant & Stratton (Albany) in a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 17.