Playing at its home field for the first time since April 24, 2019, the D'Youville baseball team could not find a spark in a pair of losses to Molloy in East Coast Conference action Tuesday afternoon at Northtown Center in Amherst, N.Y. The Saints held their guests close early in the first game before falling, 17-2, and were not able to fare better in the nightcap, dropping an 18-3 contest.
D'Youville shifted to 2-15 overall and 0-11 in league play after Tuesday's results, while Molloy improved to 12-5 on the season and 8-0 in the ECC.
Chris Einemann, Matt Overton and Garrett Scavelli all tallied five-hit days for the Lions, while the Molloy pitching staff combined for 24 strikeouts across 16 innings. In the other dugout, sophomore Jeremy Glinski continued to shine for the Saints, notching three hits on the day that included a double and a triple, while also providing errorless defense at catcher and shortstop.
Game One Recap
The opener saw D'Youville enter the sixth inning within two runs of Molloy. An RBI single by Peter Theodorellis in the top of the first was the first tally of the day, and Chris Peralta came across to score in the second off a D'Youville error, but Glinski roped a fourth-inning single and later crossed home on a sacrifice fly from senior Renato Quinones to cut the Lions' edge to 2-1.
Overton singled home Theodorellis in the fifth to retake a two-run lead, and Molloy did not look back after that, with the Lions using four singles, three steals and one D'Youville error to plate four runs in the visiting half of the sixth. Molloy doubled its run production in the seventh, as three errors by D'Youville, along with four walks by Lions batters, led to an eight-run inning by the guests.
Another two errors from the D'Youville defense allowed Molloy to tack on a 16th run in the eighth inning, while Einemann doubled in the ninth and scored off a David Franchi single for the final Molloy run in the opening game.
The Saints went down swinging, as the bottom of the ninth saw Glinski rip a lead-off triple before freshman Alex Dzimian drove him home.
Joseph Murphy put together a quality start for Molloy to earn the win, tossing six innings of one-hit, one-run baseball while racking up 10 strikeouts. AJ Vera followed Murphy, picking up a save while closing out the final three frames for the Lions.
Senior Adam Lampman held the Molloy hitters to three runs over the first five innings, but the big sixth and seventh innings sunk Lampman's outing, as the left-hander was handed the loss despite five punch-outs. Dzimian relieved Lampman but did not record an out before senior Nick Jank entered to get the final eight outs for D'Youville.
Game Two Recap
Molloy had no problem getting going offensively in the second game, with Scavelli driving in Sean Hogan in the first, and Peralta later plating Overton off a single before Scavelli crossed the plate thanks to a Saints error. The second inning did not get better for D'Youville, as Einemann, Franchi and Hogan all doubled in a frame that saw Molloy post seven runs and six hits while taking advantage of a pair of errors by the Saints.
The fourth inning was a high-scoring frame for both sides, as the Lions collected five hits and two walks to add on four more runs to their lead. The Saints had their own mini-explosion on offense, as a Glinski double was followed by Dzimian knocking a single to the gap that brought Glinski in. Jank got his own double, bringing Dzimian all the way around from first and scoring himself a few batters later off a Molloy defensive miscue, plating the third and final D'Youville run in the nightcap.
The Lions added another run in the fifth off a double-play ball that scored Scavelli, while Anthony Manisero smashed an RBI double in the sixth before scoring himself on a two-run double from Scavelli.
Getting the win in the nightcap, Richard Gennaro finished with three runs allowed in four innings, but struck out six batters while only issuing one walk. Ryan Karp came out of the bullpen to pitch one frame that featured two walks and two strikeouts, while Ryan Hynes notched three strikeouts in two innings of relief.
The D'Youville pitching staff suffered throughout the second game, as senior starter Bryce Little (3.1 innings), sophomore Jared Glowniak (2.0 innings) and senior Brendan Burke (1.2 innings) all allowed multiple runs in their outings, with Little being hooked with the losing decision.
Notables – The all-time series now sits at 2-0 in favor of Molloy … Tuesday was the fourth time this season that Glinski has tallied multiple extra-base hits in one day … Jank's two-hit performance in game two was his first multi-hit game since March 13, 2020 against Cazenovia … It was Jank's sixth multi-hit game of his career … Glinski now has four career multi-hit games … Dzimian has recorded at least one RBI in three-straight games.
Up Next – The Saints will travel to Bridgeport for a three-game series with the Purple Knights this weekend. Friday's series opener is set for 3 p.m.