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Baseball Unable to Silence Mercyhurst Bats in Doubleheader

Head coach Kyle McLain visits the mound vs. Hilbert on March 9, 2021.
Head coach Kyle McLain visits the mound vs. Hilbert on March 9, 2021.

The D'Youville baseball team was on the losing end in both games of a doubleheader at Mercyhurst Sunday afternoon in Erie, Pa. The hosts took the opener by a 12-2 score, following it up with another high-scoring victory in game two, 19-2.

The Saints moved to 2-4 overall with the losses, while the Lakers improved to a 9-3 mark with the sweep.

Game One Recap

In the opening game of the day, D'Youville kept the hosts close through the first two innings, as senior pitcher Adam Lampman held the Lakers scoreless in the first before Mercyhurst scratched across two runs in the second.

The Lakers added to their lead in the third, as Luke Baranchak doubled home a run before scoring himself on a Matthew Gibson single to left. Mercyhurst continued swinging hot bats in the next inning, tacking on three more runs to take a 7-0 advantage.

With Lampman out of the game, Mercyhurst piled on in the fifth inning to take a 12-0 advantage. Jack Elliott got the big inning going with an RBI single to right with the bases loaded, while Tyler Zaluski followed Elliott with a grand slam to finish off the Lakers' scoring in game one.

D'Youville got on the board in the sixth, plating two runs off the back of a pair of doubles. A double from sophomore catcher Jeremy Glinski pushed senior Kevin Sanders to third, setting up freshman shortstop Alex Dzimian to score Sanders on a groundout. Glinski scored as well on the next at-bat to make it 12-2, crossing the plate on a double from sophomore designated hitter Mateo Santos.

Nathan Holt (2-0) got the victory for Mercyhurst, tossing three scoreless frames and striking out three while allowing just one D'Youville hit. Jarrett Heilman followed with three innings himself, allowing two unearned runs while punching out five batters, and Tyler Passmore closed out the final inning by striking out two Saints.

Handed the loss, Lampman (0-3) ended up surrendering seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits across four innings. Senior righty Brendan Burke came on in relief, allowing five earned runs without recording an out. Sophomore Jared Glowniak and senior Nick Jank both threw no-hit innings for the Saints to finish off the first game on the mound.

Game Two Recap

Mercyhurst got the bats going early in the nightcap, as Josh Surowiec doubled to score two in the first inning, before two bases-loaded walks later in the frame pushed the Lakers' edge to 4-0. Sophomore infielder Nate Mucci cut the deficit to 4-1 in the next half-inning, driving in senior second baseman Renato Quinones on a single.

The third saw Dzimian make it 4-2 with a single to score Glinski, but Jordan Zilka and Troy Banks both hit solo shots in the latter-half of the inning to give the Lakers a four-run lead again.

In the fourth, Mercyhurst added two more runs before John Susnik connected on a two-run homer to make it 10-2. After Elliott plated another run off a single, Surowiec capped off the seven-run frame with a two-run single that brought Elliott and Banks around to score.

Mercyhurst tacked on six additional runs in the fifth, capped by a two-run single from Logan Martella-Tasick that ended up bring the last tally of the day.

Getting the win after allowing one earned run in two innings of work, Brett Whiteman finished with three strikeouts for the Lakers, while Robert Hartman relieved him for two innings and giving up one unearned run. Daniel Thomas also pitched two scoreless innings and Chad Cwik closed out the game with two strikeouts in his one inning on the hill.

Senior right-hander Bryce Little got the nod in the nightcap, allowing four runs on four hits and being saddled with the losing decision. Sophomore righty Kyle Nash followed by issuing two runs in his inning on the mound. Dzimian surrendered eight earned runs during his inning of work while Glowniak pitched two innings and allowed a pair of unearned runs despite three strikeouts.

Notables – Dzimian extended his hit streak to four games with singles in both contests Sunday … With two steals in the nightcap, Glinski now has a team-high five stolen bases this season.

Up Next – D'Youville will begin its East Coast Conference slate next weekend, March 26-27, with a three-game series at Lincoln. Friday's series opener is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.