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Baseball Bounces Backs Against Cazenovia for Saturday Split

Jeremy Glinski vs. Hilbert on March 9, 2021.
Jeremy Glinski vs. Hilbert on March 9, 2021.

For the second time this week, the D’Youville baseball team dropped the first game of a home doubleheader in Gowanda, N.Y., before bouncing back in game two to earn the split. On Saturday afternoon, the Saints dropped the opener, 3-2, to Cazenovia but won the second game, 8-7, after fending off a furious comeback attempt from the Wildcats.

Game One 

In the opening defeat, five fielding errors plagued the Saints. Four of those mistakes came in the top of the fifth inning, allowing the Wildcats to flip their one-run deficit into a one-run advantage. Cazenovia plated the go-ahead run on shortstop Parker Wing’s sacrifice fly to right field. D’Youville got on the board in the bottom of the first inning when freshman shortstop Alex Dzimian ripped a single to left, driving in sophomore catcher Jeremy Glinski from third to knot the game at 1-1. Dzimian was ruled out at second on a bang-bang play attempting to stretch his single into a double.  

The Saints tacked on one more in the bottom of the fourth when sophomore designated hitter Mateo Santos picked up his first of two RBIs on the day, driving in Dzimian to grab a 2-1 advantage. Dzimian reached after being hit by a pitch and then stole second to get himself in scoring position. 

D’Youville received another quality outing on the hill from senior pitcher Adam Lampman (0-2) in his second starting appearance this week. Facing 26 Wildcats, the lefty fanned five batters while allowing one earned run on three hits in 6.0 innings of work. Sophomore right-hander Jared Glowniak pitched in relief of Lampman and picked up one strikeout in his one frame on the mound.

Game Two 

The D’Youville bats woke up in the rematch as Santos (3-for-3) and Glinski (3-for-4) combined for six of D’Youville’s 10 hits. For the third time this season, D'Youville was able to score in the first inning. D’Youville plated two runs in the first inning thanks to a double from Glinski, scoring freshman centerfielder Caden Strobel,and a triple from Santos, driving in junior right fielder Alex Liem from first base. 

Junior first baseman Shane Critelli and senior second baseman Renato Quinones tacked on three more runs in the third. Critelli’s single snuck under the second baseman’s glove into right field, scoring Liem and Dzimian. Quinones, the next batter, followed up with another base-hit to drive in Mateo and push D’Youville’s advantage to five runs. 

Ahead by seven in the sixth, the Wildcats took no time erasing D'Youville's big lead. Three walks and a base-hit got Cazenovia on the board. Later in the inning, with the tying run at the plate, center fielder Miguel Rivera cleared the bases with a triple to right-center, trimming the D’Youville advantage to one run. The next batter up, Wing, blooped a single just inside the right-field foul line to drive in Rivera and knot the game back at seven runs apiece. 

Senior left fielder Kevin Sanders picked up the go-ahead RBI for the Saints in the bottom half of the frame with a sacrifice fly to center field, bringing Liem home.  

Senior pitcher Bryce Little got the nod in game two and silenced the Cazenovia offense in five shutout innings. The Arcade, N.Y., native fanned seven batters, including the first five batters he faced, and only allowed one hit. After Cazenovia tied the game in the sixth, sophomore pitcher Kyle Nash (1-0), shut the door on the Wildcats by recording the final four outs for the Saints. 

Notables - Glinski has recorded a hit in each of the Saints first four games, including two multi-hit performances ... Despite the 0-2 record, Lampman has recorded the quality start in each of his first two outings ... This is the program's best start to a season since 2013, when D'Youville opened the campaign by taking two of three from Maritime (N.Y.).

Up Next - D'Youville will hit the road for the first time this season when they travel to Erie, Pa., for a doubleheader next Saturday, March 20. First pitch for game one is scheduled for noon at the Mercyhurst Baseball Field while game two will take place at 2:30 p.m. 

Follow the Saints – Tune into next Saturday’s doubleheader on Portal.StretchInternet and follow the action on Live Stats. You can also follow the Saints on Instagram (@dyouvillebaseball) and Twitter (@DYouville_BSB).