The D'Youville baseball team once again ran into a hot Molloy offense on Sunday afternoon, dropping the final game in the season series by a 14-1 score at Mitchel Field in Uniondale, N.Y.
Collecting 20 hits as a team, the Lions raised their record to 14-7 overall and 10-2 in the East Coast Conference. For the Saints, they moved to 2-19 on the season and 0-15 in the ECC standings.
The heart of the Molloy order had a major impact on Sunday, as cleanup hitter Jake McCarthy and No. 5 hitter Matt Overton both tallied four hits, with the pair notching two extra-base hits apiece. McCarthy and Overton were among the five Lions to register multi-hit performances in the victory. D'Youville also spread out its offensive output, as five different Saints tallied a hit, highlighted by sophomore right-fielder Mateo Santos' triple.
It took the Lions until the second inning to strike first, but a D'Youville error aided McCarthy in scoring the first run on Sunday. Later in the frame, Garrett Scavelli singled through the left side to plate Overton and widen the Molloy advantage to 2-0.
Chris Einemann tacked on another run in the fourth, bringing Overton in on an infield single.
The fifth inning saw the Molloy hitters break out, as an RBI single from Overton was followed by a Thomas Brady single that advanced McCarthy home, while Einemann picked up two more RBIs on a single to right field.
Overton was not done, as he laced a sixth-inning double down the right field line that scored James Messina for the eighth Molloy run.
After being held off the scoreboard in the seventh, the Lions added plenty of insurance in the eighth inning. A pair of doubles, two triples and a Gavin McAlonie single all helped to plate six runs for Molloy and extend the lead to 14-0.
The Saints struck the final tally of the contest, as senior first baseman Nick Jank was plunked to begin the top of the ninth before sophomore left-fielder Josh Battaglia singled in the next at-bat. With one out, senior second baseman Renato Quinones then ripped a single that loaded the bases. After a strikeout, sophomore shortstop Nate Mucci came to the plate, as Mucci drew a walk that brought Jank home and ended the Molloy shutout.
Ryan Karp got the ball in the weekend finale for the Lions, securing the win after pitching five shutout innings and striking out three. Richard Gennaro entered after Karp and held the Saints hitless through three frames, while Patrick Kennedy surrendered D'Youville's only run in his lone inning of work.
Freshman right-hander Alex Dzimian went 5.2 innings for the visitors and got three strikeouts despite the loss. Senior Bryce Little followed with 1.2 frames out of the bullpen, and sophomore Jared Glowniak got the final two outs for the Saints.
Notables – Molloy now has a 3-0 advantage in the all-time series … Santos' triple was his second of the season, previously hitting one on March 13 against Cazenovia … Sophomore backstop Jeremy Glinski added two stolen bases to his season total, giving him an ECC-leading 16 steals … Glinski now has five multi-steal contests this season ... The Saints left eight runners on bases, while the Lions stranded nine.
Up Next – The Saints will stay on the road next weekend, April 30 and May 1, heading to Staten Island for a three-game set. Friday's series opener is slated for 3:30 p.m.