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Baseball Drops Series Opener to Mercy

Bryce Little vs. Mercy on April 2, 2021.
Bryce Little vs. Mercy on April 2, 2021.

The D'Youville baseball team returned to East Coast Conference action on Friday, beginning a three-game weekend series with Mercy. D'Youville stayed within striking distance of the Mavericks early but a nine-run fifth inning and an eight-run seventh downed the Saints at Gowanda High School in Gowanda, N.Y.

Friday's setback saw the Saints drop to 2-7 overall and 0-3 in league play while the guests improved to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in the ECC.

Mercy got on the board in the top of the first inning courtesy of a double to right center from first baseman Anthony Murphy, scoring Miguel Ortiz Sanchez from second base. The Mavericks added two more in the second and one more in the third before Murphy blew the game open in the fifth inning with a grand slam. 

Three Saints accounted for their four hits on the afternoon. Freshman center fielder Caden Strobel led the way with two hits, including a double that found the gap in left center in the bottom of the third inning and a base hit to center in his next at-bat in the fifth. In the bottom of the first, sophomore catcher Jeremy Glinski laced a single back up the middle for D'Youville's first hit of the game and senior second baseman Renato Quinones added a base hit through the left side in the ninth inning.  

Senior pitcher Adam Lampman (0-5) took the hill for his fifth start of the 2021 campaign. The lefty was roughed up for eight earned runs on 12 hits in 4.1 innings of work. Lampman also picked up three strikeouts and walked one in the loss. Sophomore Jared Glowiak, senior Nick Jank, senior Brendan Burke, and senior Bryce Little all saw time on the mound in a relief role, with Little tossing 2.2 scoreless frames to finish the game.

Sophomore left-hander Anthony Burgio (2-1) held the Saints at bay, only allowing three hits and no runs while fanning nine batters and walking three in six innings.  

Notables – Glinski swiped his conference-best seventh stolen base of the season in the first inning ... Glinski's seven stolen bases are three better than anyone else in the ECC. 

Up Next – The Saints conclude the three-game series with Mercy on Saturday morning, as the two teams will play a doubleheader. First pitch for tomorrow's opener is set for 11 a.m., with the series finale slated for 2 p.m. 

Follow the Saints – Track tomorrow's action on live stats (Game 1, Game 2) and follow the Saints all season long on Instagram (@dyouvillebaseball) and Twitter (@DYouville_BSB).