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Baseball Earns Doubleheader Split After Strong Start From Dzimian

Baseball Celebrates vs. Hilbert on March 9, 2021.
Baseball Celebrates vs. Hilbert on March 9, 2021.

The D'Youville baseball team kicked off its 2021 season, splitting a Tuesday doubleheader with Hilbert at Gowanda High School in Gowanda, N.Y. The Hawks took the opener, 3-1, grabbing the go-ahead lead in the final inning, but the Saints bounced back in the nightcap, 4-1, behind a dominating performance on the hill from freshman pitcher Alex Dzieman (1-0) in his first career start 

The Saints and Hawks each sit at 1-1 overall after Tuesday's split. 

Game One 

The opening game of the twinbill saw pitcher's duel between senior lefty Adam Lampman (0-1) and a combined effort from Hilbert's Misael Guzman Caez and Aydan Rolph (1-0)Despite the losing effort, Lampman kept the Saints within striking distance, fanning eight batters, surrendering a pair of runs, and issuing one walk in 6.2 innings of work. Sophomore right-hander Jared Glowniak also made his first appearance of the season on the hill, picking up the final out in relief for Lampman in the seventh inning.  

D'Youville's lone run came in the bottom of third when freshman centerfielder Caden Strobel swiped third base and then advanced home when Hilbert catcher Jared Welnowski's errant throw found its way into left field, tying the game at one. The game remained deadlocked until the Hawks plated two more runs in the top of the seventh, including a single up the middle to drive in the winning run and knock Lampman out of the game.  

Game Two 

The Saints jumped on the board right away in Tuesday's finale. Sophomore third baseman Jeremy Glinksi picked up the first of his two hits with a double to right field. The Sloan, N.Y., native's deep fly ball was overran by the Hilbert right fielder and allowed Strobel to move from first to third. Two batters later, junior right fielder Alex Liem drove Strobel home on a sacrifice fly.  

Despite only registering three hits in the game, D'Youville added one more run in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. Sophomore catcher Mateo Santos knocked in the go-ahead run in the third inning, driving in Glinski from third on a fielder's choice. Sophomore left fielder Josh Battaglia drove in senior second baseman Matt Guenther on another sacrifice fly in the fourth and Santos grabbed his second RBI of the night, lacing a single back up the middle to bring in Glinski and cap the scoring for both teams in the fifth inning. 

Dzimian got the nod in game two and silenced the Hilbert bats. In five innings, the rookie right-hander picked up four strikeouts and only surrendered one earned run on two hits. Senior right-hander Brendan Burke and sophomore righty Kyle Nash also featured on the hill in D'Youville's first victory of the season. Burke set up Nash with a scoreless sixth inning before Nash picked up his first save of the season with two strikeouts in the seventh. 

Notables – Galinski paced the Saints at the plate Tuesday afternoon with three hits in his five plate appearances and scored two runs in game two ... Strobel, Dzimian, junior first baseman Shane Critelli, Guenther, and Santos each hit safely as well for D'Youville on Tuesday ...  The Saints' pitching staff was able to work their way out of a few jams in the nightcap, leaving nine Hawks on base while D'Youville's offense stranded five of their own.    

Up Next - The Saints will return to Gowanda on Saturday, March 13, for another doubleheader. D'Youville will host Cazenovia with game one slated for a noon first pitch. Game two is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.  

Follow the Saints – Track this weekend's doubleheader through live stats on Presto Sports. You can also follow the Saints on Instagram (@dyouvillebaseball) and Twitter (@DYouville_BSB).