College of St. Joseph's baseball team plays Fisher College in Boston, Mass. on Friday, April 26 at 7pm. The two squads have met previous to Friday's matchup.
CSJ played a doubleheader at Fisher on April 7. The Fighting Saints started both games strong, but were ultimately by the Falcons' depth. CSJ fell 14-2 and 3-0.
In game one Tristen Ciarlo leadoff for the Saints and sent a double to the grass. Lincoln Pritchard then hit a single before Jeremy Johnson was walked to load the bases. Another walk sent Ciarlo home for a 1-0 CSJ lead. The Falcons answered in the bottom of the first when John Batista's RBI single sent Ivan Rivera home for a run.
CSJ did not get on the board in the top of the second. Fisher's Ismael Perez led off with a double, and advanced to third off a groundout. Jacob Deziel's grounder to the right side allowed Perez to score for a 2-1 Fisher lead after two innings.
The Fighting Saints tied the score in the top of the third, although they did not have a hit on the inning. Kyle Gould walked, and Pritchard reached first on an error at first. Johnson walked, and a groundout by Jason Albert send Gould home to tie the game at 2. Fisher went on to score in each ensuring inning to take the game.
William Leino took the loss on the mound. He struck out 2 and gave up 8 hits, 5 runs in 4.0 innings. Fisher's Jose Galan picked up the win as he threw 11 strikeouts and allowed just 2 hits and 2 runs in 6.0 innings pitched.
Game two of the day was scoreless through 3.5 innings of action. The Fighting Saints' top of the batting order went 3-for-3 to get the game started. Ciarlo, Gould and Pritchard each singled to reach base. Falcons pitcher Johann Doerrer then kicked his pitching into gear and struck out three in a row to curb CSJ's threat.
Fisher's Sami Bibovic leadoff with a single in the bottom of the first. Fighting Saints' starting pitcher Albert then forced a grounder that resulted in a double play. He struck out the next batter to close the first inning. In the second, Joe Ruby recorded a single for CSJ, but Fisher executed a double play on the next at-bat. A groundout concluded the Saints' turn at the plate.
Albert threw two strikeouts in the second frame and did not allow a hit. Doerrer threw one strikeout in the third and did not allow a hit. The Falcons did not hit in the third, either, and Albert recorded one strikeout. CSJ could not convert offensively in the fourth, and Fisher's offense came alive in the bottom of the frame.
Batista flied out before Perez walked and promptly stole second. Albert struck out Reynaldo Mejia, but Mejia reached base on an error and advanced all the way to third. Perez scored an unearned run on the play. Reynaldo Vega pinch ran for Mejia and promptly scored an uneared run on a passed ball to put the Falcons ahead 2-0.
Holmberg hit a single in the top of the fifth but was left on base. In the bottom of the inning, Fisher scored 8 runs off just 3 hits. The first three baserunners reached base off a walk and two batters hit by a pitch. Batista hit a timely 2-run double and Perez followed suit with a 2-run single to get the scoring going. The Falcons then had 3 runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Six separate Fighting Saints contributed to the team total of 6 hits. Fisher had 7 hits. Albert struck out 5 batters but took the loss on the mound in 4.2 innings pitcher. Doerrer threw a complete game and had 7 strikeouts.
CSJ's next home showing is scheduled for Sunday, April 28 against New Hampshire Technical Institute at 12pm. The second game of the doubleheader is set for 2pm.