RINDGE, N.H. – The Norwich University baseball team took on Rivier University in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader on Thursday night at Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Field on the campus of Franklin Pierce University.
The Cadets picked up a key sweep of the Raiders, taking a wild 13-12 win in game on and a convincing 11-4 win in game two to run their winning streak to four games.
In game one, Norwich jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning as senior second baseman Drew Caldwell (Hanover, Mass.) delivered an RBI groundout. Sophomore left fielder Brady Doherty (Sandwich, Mass.) then lined a triple to right field that scored senior pitcher Ed Gates (Griswold, Conn.) and sophomore third baseman Andrew Fisher (Tewksbury, Mass.) to a 3-0 lead. Doherty later scored on a wild pitch for the 4-0 edge.
The Raiders rallied for three runs in the bottom of the first to cut the lead to 4-3 before Norwich added a run in the top of the second on an RBI single by freshman shortstop Jacob Parizo (Groton, Conn.) for a 5-3 lead.
Rivier rallied again in the bottom of the second, this time for three runs to take a 6-5 lead. In the top of the third however, the Cadets rallied once again.
Caldwell hit an RBI single followed by another RBI triple from Doherty to make it 7-6 Norwich. Doherty later scored on a throwing error and junior first baseman Jacob Barlow (Newburyport, Mass.) ripped an RBI double down the left field line for a 9-6 lead. Freshman right fielder Nate Gehringer (Northampton, Penn.) capped the five-run inning with an RBI single up the middle for a 10-6 lead.
Rivier plated one run in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the fifth to make it 10-9, but the Cadets rallied once again in the top of the sixth frame. Gates hit an RBI single up the middle and Caldwell singled through the right side for another RBI. Fisher scored on a passed ball later in the inning to make it 13-9.
The Raiders scored three in the bottom of the sixth to cut it to 13-12 but Fisher came on to close the game out in the seventh and allowed just one hit while striking out two to pick up his first save of the year.
Gates picked up the win for the Cadets to improve to 3-4 on the season. He allowed nine runs (eight earned) on 12 hits over four and two-third innings of work. He walked three batters and fanned five.
Caldwell and Doherty finished with three RBIs and one run scored apiece to pace the NU offense.
In game two, the Cadet offense took an early lead once again, plating two runs in the top of the first as junior center fielder Kevin Lynch (Randolph, Mass.) scored on a wild pitch and Parizo scored on a fielding error for a 2-0 lead.
Rivier plated two in the bottom of the second to knot the game 2-2, where the score remained until the top of the fifth inning.
Gates reached on a dropped third strike combined with a throwing error that allowed two runs to score for a 4-2 lead. Doherty followed with an RBI single to left field and sophomore catcher Jake Godbee (Ormond Beach, Fla.) lifted a sacrifice fly to right field. Gehringer cranked a two-run double to right field to cap the rally and make it 8-2.
In the top of the seventh Barlow lined an RBI double to left field and Parizo tripled down the left field line for two RBIs as well for an 11-2 lead. The Raiders scored two in the bottom of the seventh for the 11-4 final.
Junior Jake Ryan (Arlington, Mass.) picked up his first win of the year after tossing six innings of five-hit baseball. He allowed two runs (just one earned) and walked two while fanning four batters. Parizo and Gehringer each finished with two RBIs while Parizo and Lynch scored three runs and two runs, respectively.
The Cadets now stand at 6-19 overall and 6-4 in the GNAC while the Raiders fall to 6-24 overall and 0-12 in the conference. Norwich is next in action for a conference twinbill at Johnson & Wales (RI) on Saturday, April 28th. Game times are set for 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.