FORT PIERCE, Fla. – The Norwich University baseball team competed against Marywood University in a doubleheader on Thursday afternoon.
Marywood swept Norwich with a 9-0 win in game one and a 10-4 victory in game two.
In game one, the Pacers raced out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning and led 5-0 after two. Marywood added a run in the third, one in the fifth and two in the sixth for a 9-0 lead.
In the top of the seventh, the NU defense turned a spectacular triple play. With runners on first and second, junior third baseman Brandon Profita (New Milford, Conn.) picked up a hard grounder and stepped on third before firing to senior second baseman Mike Lesco (Somers, Conn.) who threw on to senior Jacob Barlow (Newburyport, Mass.) at first base to complete the spectacle.
Barlow, sophomore shortstop Jacob Parizo (Groton, Conn.) senior center fielder Kevin Lynch (Randolph, Mass.) and sophomore right fielder Nate Gehringer (Northampton, Penn.) all delivered singles in the game while freshman pinch-hitter Hayden Roberge (Middlesex, Vt.) roped a double.
Junior Nick Landis (South Berwick, Maine) took the loss to fall to 0-1 on the season. He allowed six runs (just one earned) on eight hits in three innings of work. Junior Jake Godbee (Ormond Beach, Fla.), senior Peter Madsen (New Boston, N.H.) and freshman Nathan Rosalez (Brownsville, Texas) combined to finish the game out of the Cadet bullpen.
In game two, Marywood jumped out to another early lead, plating five runs in the top of the first inning to take a 5-0 lead. Norwich struck back for two runs in the top of the third inning as junior Brady Doherty (Sandwich, Mass.) ripped a two-run single to center field. The hit scored Lynch and freshman left fielder Michael Koytikh (Melrose, Mass) to cut the lead to 5-2.
The Pacers plated a run in the fourth before the Cadets answered with one in the top of the fifth frame. Profita continued his hot start, collecting his () RBI on a groundout that scored junior designated hitter Chris Dayos (Temecula, Calif.) (who tripled earlier in the inning) to make it 6-3.
Marywood plated four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 10-3 lead, one that NU couldn't recover from.
The Cadets scored one run in the top of the seventh as Profita reached on an error that allowed Lynch to score to make it 10-4.
Sophomore Chris Henderson (Stafford, Va.) allowed nine runs (five earned on nine hits over four and one-third innings of work on the mound. He walked one batter and struck out one while falling to 1-2 on the season. Junior CJ Davis (South Berwick, Maine) and Godbee provided relief over the final two innings.
The Cadets now stand at 2-6 on the season. They will play their final Spring Break games on Friday, March 15th in a twinbill against Gettysburg at 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.