NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University baseball team hosted Saint Joseph's College (Maine) in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader on Tuesday at Garrity Field.
The Monks won game one 4-3 in 10 innings while the Cadets claimed game two 6-5. It was the first victory in program history against SJC (1-21).
In game one, the Monks took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning and held that lead until the bottom of the third. In the home half of the third junior center fielder Kevin Lynch (Randolph, Mass.) scored on a throwing error and senior second baseman Ed Gates (Hanover, Mass.) followed with an RBI single to left field for a 2-1 Cadet lead.
The Monks got a run back in the fifth inning to tie the game 2-2, where it would remain until extra innings.
In the top of the eights Saint Joseph's took their second lead of the day, 3-2, but Norwich was able to rally in the home half of the eighth. Senior designated hitter Ed Gates (Griswold, Conn.) delivered an RBI groundout that plated Lynch to tie the game 3-3.
The Monks took the lead for good in the top of the 10th inning and the Cadets couldn't find the tying run in the home half for the 4-3 final
Norwich got a career-start out of sophomore Nick Landis (South Berwick, Maine), who threw eight innings of six-hit baseball. He allowed three runs (two earned) and walked one batter while striking out four. Fellow sophomore CJ Davis (South Berwick, Maine) took the loss in relief to fall to 0-1 on the season. He allowed just one earned run on one hit in two innings on the mound, walking one and striking out two.
Sophomore third baseman Jacob Parizo (Groton, Conn.) led the Cadets offensively with three hits and one run scored in the contest.
In game two, the Monks again took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and added two in the third for a 3-0 lead. The Cadet bats came to life in the bottom of the third, as Caldwell stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. He lifted a three-run double to deep left field that scored Parizo, Lynch and freshman right fielder Nate Gehringer () to knot the game 3-3.
In the bottom of the fourth inning Norwich got another two-out run as junior catcher Chris Leach (Vergennes, Vt.) drove a pitch over the left field fence for a solo home run (his first of the year) for a 4-3 Cadet lead.
The Cadets plated two more runs in the fifth inning on a two-run single by sophomore left fielder Brady Doherty (Sandwich, Mass.) that scored Parizo and Lynch for a 6-3 advantage.
SJC got two runs back in the top of the sixth inning to cut it to a 6-5 game and set up a dramatic final inning.
With two outs and men on first and second, junior first baseman Noach McDaniel lifted a single to right field. Gehringer came up throwing and delivered a strike to Leach at the plate that nailed freshman second baseman Luke Johnson at the plate for the dramatic final out.
Senior Leland Goodenough (Brookfield, Vt.) picked up the win for the Cadets to improve to 1-0. He allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits and one walks while stirking out five.
Gates picked up his second save of the season after allowing one hit and two walks in one inning of work.
With the split the Cadets close the regular season at 7-22 and 7-7 in conference while the Monks sit at 27-11 and 10-4 in the GNAC. Norwich earned the fifth seed in the GNAC playoffs and will travel to take on four-seed Lasell College on Wednesday, May 2nd at 5:30 p.m. in the first round of the playoffs.