Baseball: Rams Sweep Cadets in GNAC Opener

Baseball: Rams Sweep Cadets in GNAC Opener

BOSTON, Mass. - The Norwich University baseball team traveled to take on Suffolk University in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference twinbill on Sunday afternoon.

The Rams swept the Cadets, posting a 7-0 win in game one and an 8-3 victory in game two.

Game one stayed scoreless through three and a half innings before the Rams opened things up in the bottom of the fourth. Suffolk plated four runs to take a 4-0 lead and followed in the bottom of the fifth with three runs to make it 7-0.

Senior first baseman Jacob Barlow (Newburyport, Mass.) sophomore shortstop Jacob Parizo (Groton, Conn.) and freshman catcher Connor McGee (Wakefield, R.I.) all had hits in the loss while senior center fielder Kevin Lynch (Randolph, Mass.) and junior third baseman Brandon Profita (New Milford, Conn.) both earned walks.

Freshman Tanner Raymond (Southbury, Conn.) took the loss for the Cadets, allowing four earned runs on six hits in four innings of work. He struck out three batters and didn't surrender a walk while falling to 0-3 on the season.

Junior CJ Davis (South Berwick, Maine) threw an inning and two-thirds of shutout relief, allowing just two hits.

In game two Norwich struck first in the top of the first inning. Lynch singled to leadoff the game and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Barlow for a 1-0 lead. The Rams got two runs back in the bottom of the first and one in the second for a 3-1 lead entering the third inning.

In the top of the third Lynch scored his second run of the game after senior second baseman Mike Lesco (Somers, Conn.) reached on a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt. That made it a 3-2 game, but the Rams bats wouldn't be kept silent for long. 

Suffolk came back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth for a 5-2 lead, but Norwich answered in the top of the fifth with a run. With the bases loaded, Barlow delivered an RBI single that scored junior designated hitter Chris Dayos (Temecula, Calif.) and cut the lead to 5-3. The Cadets were unable to plate any further runs in the inning, or in the remainder of the game.

The Rams added two runs in the sixth for the 8-3 lead that would stand up as the final.

Lynch finished the game with three hits (including a double) and two runs scored.

Senior Jake Ryan (Arlington, Mass.) took the loss for the Cadets to fall to 0-3 on the season. He allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits and one walk.

The Cadets now stand at 2-10 overall and 0-2 in conference play while the Rams improve to 8-7-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference. Norwich is next in action on Saturday, March 30th for its home-opening GNAC doubleheader against Rivier University. Game times are set for 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.