NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Norwich University baseball team traveled to face Albertus Magnus College in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action on Tuesday.
The Falcons swept the Cadets, taking game one 17-2 and claiming game two 19-12.
In game one, the Falcons struck first, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Cadets got one run back in the top of the second as freshman catcher Connor McGee (Wakefield, RI) hit his first career home run over the left field fence to make it 4-1.
Albertus added two in the bottom of the second to stretch its lead to 6-1 before Norwich rallied in the top of the third for another run. Junior third baseman Chris Dayos (Temecula, Calif.) ripped an RBI single to left, scoring senior center fielder Kevin Lynch (Randolph, Mass.) from third and cutting the lead to 6-2.
The Falcons added five runs in the bottom of the third, one in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the sixth for the 17-2 final.
Sophomore Chris Henderson (Stafford, Va.) took the loss for the Cadets after allowing eight earned runs on five hits and four walks over two and one-third innings of work. He recorded three strikeouts.
Lynch went two-for-four at the plate while senior second baseman Mike Lesco (Somers, Conn.) and junior left fielder Brady Doherty (Sandwich, Mass.) collecting the other Cadet hits. Lynch also stole two bases.
In game two, NU got on the board first in the top of the first inning. Lynch led off the game with a single and then stole second base, he advanced to third on a wild pitch and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Lesco for a 1-0 lead.
The Falcons struck for three runs in the bottom of the first for a 3-1 edge before the Cadets rallied again in the top of the second.
Freshman catcher Cameron Chamberlain (Marlborough, N.H.) launched his first career home run over the left field fence, scoring sophomore right fielder Nate Gehringer (Northampton, Penn.) to tie the game 3-3.
Albertus came back with two runs in the bottom of the second to take a 5-3 lead before Norwich rallied once again in the top of the third as Lynch scored on a wild pitch (after a leadoff walk and another stolen base) to make it 5-4.
The Falcons rallied for five runs in the bottom of the third for a 10-4 lead.
In the top of the fifth, Lynch ripped an RBI double to right that plated sophomore shortstop Jacob Parizo (Groton, Conn.) and made it 10-5. Dayos then flied into a double play that scored Lynch to cut the deficit to 10-6.
Albertus plated one run in the bottom of the frame to extend its lead to 11-6, but in the top of the sixth Lynch delivered another RBI hit (a single) and later in the frame Chamberlain scored on a fielding error to make it 11-8.
The Falcon bats exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the sixth to balloon the lead to 19-8, but the Cadets weren't done.
In the top of the seventh Chamberlain stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and blasted a grand slam to left-center for his second round-tripper of the game. That would be the final offensive outburst, as the Falcons took the game 19-12.
Junior Nick Landis (South Berwick, Maine) fell to 0-2 on the year for the Cadets after allowing ten runs (just three earned) on seven hits and two walks. He pitched two and two-third innings and fanned three batters.
Junior CJ Davis (South Berwick, Maine) pitched well out of the bullpen, tossing one and one-third innings of perfect relief in the loss.
Lynch finished the game three-for-four with one double, one walk, three runs scored, two RBIs and two stolen bases.
The Cadets fall to 4-12 overall and 2-4 in conference play while the Falcons improve to 9-9 overall and 3-3 in GNAC action. Norwich is next in action on Saturday, April 6th for a home, conference twinbill against Lasell College. Those games are currently scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Garrity Field in Northfield, Vt.