VERO BEACH, Fla. – The Norwich University baseball team continued its Spring Break slate of games with a doubleheader against Geneva College on Tuesday.
Despite taking early leads in both games the Cadets were swept by the Golden Tornadoes 4-3 in game one and 3-2 in game two.
In game one, the Cadets got the bats going with two outs in the bottom of the first inning. Senior first baseman Jacob Barlow (Newburyport, Mass.) stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and delivered a single to left field that plated junior third baseman Brandon Profita (New Milford, Conn.) and junior designated hitter Brady Doherty (Sandwich, Mass.) for a 2-0 lead.
The Golden Tornadoes struck back for one in the top of the third to cut it to 2-1 before Doherty came through with an RBI single that scored senior second baseman Mike Lesco (Somers, Conn.) for a 3-1 edge.
Geneva rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 4-3 lead that it would not relinquish.
Sophomore Chris Henderson (Stafford, Va.) took the loss in relief after allowing one earned run on no hits and two walks. He did not record an out and falls to 1-1 on the season.
Senior Jake Ryan (Arlington, Mass.) started for the Cadets, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks. He fanned four batters.
Norwich outhit Geneva by a 9-5 margin in the loss with Profita and Barlow collecting multi-hit games.
In game two, the Cadets jumped out to another early edge with two runs in the top of the second frame. Sophomore left fielder Koby Foster (Estill Springs, Tenn.) executed a suicide squeeze that plated Barlow for a 1-0 lead. Senior center fielder Kevin Lynch (Randolph, Mass.) then delivered the 100th hit of his NU career on a single to right that allowed freshman right fielder Hayden Roberge (Middlesex, Vt.) to come in from third base.
Geneva scored one run in the bottom of the third to cut the lead before rallying in the bottom of the sixth for two runs for a 3-2 lead. The Cadets couldn't muster a rally in the seventh and fell by one run.
Freshman Tanner Raymond (Southbury, Conn.) took the loss despite allowing just three runs (two earned) on seven hits in six innings of work. He walked two and struck out three, but falls to 0-2 on the season.
The Cadets now stand at 2-4 on the year and will take on Marywood on Thursday, March 14th at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.