CSJ rallies to defeat NHTI for spot in YSCC championship

CSJ rallies to defeat NHTI for spot in YSCC championship

College of St. Joseph's baseball team defeated New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI) 4-1 on Saturday, May 4 in the Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) semifinals. The Fighting Saints, ranked #2 going in to the tournament, scored all four of their runs in the fifth inning after trailing 1-0.

In the fourth frame, #3 NHTI's Chris Campi leadoff with a single. He advanced to second on a passed ball. Matthew Lemire's single to left field drove Campi home for the first run of the game and a 1-0 Lynx lead. The Saints threw Lemire out at second on the play. Michael Tolman then singled to left field. Baserunner Derek Canzano subbed into the game as a baserunner and was soon after caught stealing a strong throw by CSJ sophomore catcher Jeremy Johnson. A groundout concluded the inning.

The Saints strung together 5 of their 8 total hits in the bottom of the fifth frame. Joe Ruby was the first to reach base with a single that dropped in shallow left field. Johnson stepped to the plate and dinged a ground ball to left field for a single, allowing Ruby to reach scoring position. With two runners on, freshman Tristen Ciarlo hit a double to deep left center field that sent Johnson to third and Ruby home to tie the game at 1.

With two runners still in scoring position the newly crowned YSCC Player of the Year, CSJ senior Kyle Gould, hit a two-run triple to right field that put the Fighting Saints ahead 3-1. Fellow senior Lincoln Pritchard then drove home Gould with a single to left.

Pritchard followed up his offensive success by striking out the first two batters in the top of the sixth inning. He then forced a groundout. NHTI closing pitcher Tyler Sargent responded by forcing a fly out and recording two strikeouts of his own in the bottom of the frame. CSJ would prove to not need another hit in the contest, as Pritchard forced two groundouts before striking out the final batter for the YSCC semifinal victory.

Gould finished with a triple, 2 RBI and 1 run scored. Jeremy Johnson recorded 1 double, 1 single, and 1 run scored. Ciarlo had a double and 1 run, while Teddy Mercado also contributed with a double. Ruby also had 1 hit, 1 run.

CSJ junior Jason Albert started on the mound and threw 4.2 solid innings. He had 3 strikeouts and gave up 1 run in 7 hits. Pritchard earned the win with 3 strikeouts and no hits allotted in the final 2.1 innings of play.

NHTI starter Adam Young gave up 6 hits and 3 runs in 4.1 innings while striking out 4. He had 3 errors. Sargent gave up 2 hits, 1 run in 1.2 innings.

The Lynx dropped to 8-26 with the loss. CSJ improved to 14-12 on the season.