NASHUA, N.H. – The Norwich University baseball team took on Rivier University in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
The Cadets swept the Raiders in two close games, taking game one 8-7 and game two 2-1.
In game one, NU scored first in the bottom of the second inning as freshman right fielder Hayden Roberge (Middlesex, Vt.) reached on a fielder's choice, scoring senior first baseman Jacob Barlow (Newburyport, Mass.) from third for a 1-0 lead.
The Cadets rallied for six runs in the bottom of the fourth as senior center fielder Kevin Lynch (Randolph, Mass.) started the offense outburst with a two-run single to right field that plated senior second baseman Mike Lesco (Somers, Conn.) and freshman catcher Connor McGee (Wakefield, RI) to make it 3-0.
Junior third baseman Brendon Profita (New Milford, Conn.) followed with a two-run single of his own, scoring junior designated hitter Chris Dayos (Temecula, Calif.) and Lynch to stretch the lead to 5-0. Sophomore shortstop Jacob Parizo (Groton, Conn.) then drew a bases loaded walk and Roberge was hit by a pitch to balloon the lead to 7-0.
In the fifth inning Dayos delivered a sacrifice fly that scored Lynch to make it 8-0.
The Raiders rallied for five runs in the sixth and two in the seventh, but junior CJ Davis (South Berwick, Maine) was able to shut the door for his first save of the year.
Freshman Tanner Raymond (Southbury, Conn.) picked up his first collegiate win on the mound to improve to 1-3. He allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out four batters.
In game two, the runs were at a premium as Profita opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with an RBI groundout that scored Lynch for a 1-0 lead. Profita scored on a fielding error in the sixth inning to make it 2-0.
The Raiders scored one run in the seventh but couldn't find the second run for a 2-1 final.
Senior Jake Ryan (Arlington, Mass.) was masterful on the mound, allowing just one run (unearned) on three hits and two walks in six innings of work. He struck out seven batters, setting a new career high, and improved to 1-3 on the season.
Davis collected his second save of the day (and of the season) allowing just one hit and one walk in one inning. He struck out two batters.
The Cadets improve to 4-10 overall and 2-2 in conference place while the Raiders fall to 3-15 and 0-4 in the GNAC. Norwich is next in action on Thursday April 4th, at home, against Middlebury College. That game is currently scheduled for 4 p.m. at Garrity Field in Northfield, Vt.