STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (20-10, 10-2 GNAC) picked up a pair of victories over Albertus Magnus College (11-18, 5-7 GNAC) in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) baseball action at Larry Mahaney Diamond on Sunday afternoon. The Monks won the opener by a 6-1 margin and toppled the Falcons, 11-4, in the second game to complete the sweep.
In the first game, Albertus Magnus opened the scoring with a run off two hits and a Saint Joseph's error in the top of the first, but the Monks answered with six runs in their first four turns and sophomore starter Josh Partridge (Deerfield, N.H.) stymied the Falcons to pick up his third win of the season.
Saint Joseph's took command early in the nightcap, as the Royal Blue scored a run in the first and plated nine off seven hits and an Albertus miscue in the second. Overall, the Monks registered 16 hits – including four doubles, a triple, and a home run – and employed seven different pitchers in the one-sided victory.
In the two wins combined, junior infielder Taylor Black (Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.) hit for the cycle and went 6-7 with four runs, two doubles, a triple, a home run, and three RBI.
GAME ONE – SAINT JOSEPH'S 6, ALBERTUS MAGNUS 1
- Black led the Monks' offensive effort by going 4-4 with two runs, two doubles, a triple, and a pair of RBI
- Junior designated hitter Jameson Collins (Sandown, N.H.) was 1-1 with two RBI, a pair of walks, and a stolen base
- Senior catcher Nic Lops (South Portland, Maine/Cheverus) went 1-3 with a run scored
- Senior first baseman Steven Lockman (Wallingford, Conn.) was 2-3 with an RBI
- Freshman center fielder Tyriq Harris (Waterbury, Conn.) went 2-3 with a pair of singles
PITCHERS OF RECORD
- Partridge improves to 3-1 on the season after allowing an unearned run off six hits and two walks with five K's over five innings
- SJC sophomore Steven Albert (Worcester, Mass.) allowed a hit in a scoreless sixth inning
- SJC junior Thomas Fortier (Falmouth, Maine) fanned one in a perfect seventh frame
- AMC junior starter Michael Terzi (Wallingford, Conn.) falls to 1-4 after yielding six runs (four earned) off seven hits and four walks with two punch-outs over 4.1 innings
- AMC senior reliever Oscar Ogando (Elkton, Md.) tossed 1.2 innings of two-hit, scoreless relief
- The Falcons took advantage of an infield error, as freshman left fielder Derwin Nunez (Bridgeport, Conn.) led off and reached on the miscue and later scored on a bases-loaded single off the bat of Lockman
- The Monks responded with two runs off three hits in the bottom of the first, as Black led off with a ground-rule double to right and trotted home three batters later when Collins worked a bases-loaded walk and Lops singled and later scored on a throwing error
- St. Joe's added two runs off two hits in the second, when freshman third baseman Noah McDaniel (Eliot, Maine) walked and junior left fielder Dan Donovan (Lynn, Mass.) singled to set the stage for Black, who knocked both in with a triple to right-center
- Leading 4-1 in the top of the third, Partridge found himself in a jam with the bases loaded and one out, but induced a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of senior Ted Gravel (Morris, Conn.) to cease the threat
- The Monks capped the game scoring with single runs in the third and fourth innings, as junior first baseman Brett Barbati (Melrose, Mass.) was hit by a pitch and later scored on an error in the former and Black doubled and eventually crossed the plate on a Collins single in the latter
GAME TWO – SAINT JOSEPH'S 11, ALBERTUS MAGNUS 4
- Black was 2-3 with two runs, a homer, and an RBI
- Sophomore catcher Jacob White (Salem, N.H.) went 2-2 with two runs, a double, and two RBI
- Barbati was 2-3 with two runs, a double, and a pair of RBI
- Junior outfielder Scott Betts (Peabody, Mass.) added two hits, a run, a triple, and an RBI in three at-bats
- Junior outfielder Dennis Meehan (Gardiner, Maine) went 2-3 with a run, a double, a stolen base, and an RBI
- Freshman Anthony DiPrizio (Rochester, N.H.) doubled home three runs, scored a run, and swiped a base
- Junior Jensen Orewiler (Gardiner, Maine) and freshman Jonathan Panaro (Atkinson, N.H.) both registered their first collegiate hits in the victory
- Senior second baseman Tyler Robertson (Cheshire, Conn.) was 2-4 with two runs, a double, a triple, and two RBI
- Senior third baseman Justin Poirier (Meriden, Conn.) went 1-2 with a double and an RBI
PITCHERS OF RECORD
- SJC starter Grayson Jennings (Bedford, N.H.) allowed a hit with a strikeout in two innings
- SJC sophomore Marc Poirier (Lunenburg, Mass.) gave up three runs on two hits and three walks in 1.1 innings of relief
- SJC senior Riley Cox (Westford, Mass.) sat both batters he faced
- SJC junior Matt Wojciak (Merrimack, N.H.) tossed 2/3 inning and allowed a run off a hit and three walks
- SJC junior southpaw Ben Coleman (Williamstown, Mass.), LeVangie, and senior Corey McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) combined to work 2.1 innings of one-hit ball with five strikeouts
- AMC junior starter Adam Olszyk (Hamden, Conn.) took the loss and falls to 0-1 after giving up six runs (five earned) off six hits and a walk in 1.2 innings
- AMC senior reliever Dan Zarnik (Hamden, Conn.) allowed five runs (one earned) off 10 hits and a walk with one punch-out over 4.1 innings
- Black led off the bottom of the first with a home run over the left field wall
- In the nine-run second, DiPrizio hit a bases-loaded double, Barbati plated a pair with a single, and Betts tripled in a run, while Meehan, junior Mike Kinch (Newton, Mass.), and White posted run-scoring singles
- The Falcons got three back in the top of the third, when Robertson tripled in a pair and later scored on a Poirier sac fly
- White doubled home a run in the fourth
- Lockman earned an easy RBI with a bases-loaded walk in the top of the fifth
With his third hit in the opener – a double in the fourth inning – Black notched the 100th hit of his collegiate career…in GNAC doubleheader sweeps over Anna Maria College and Albertus Magnus, the Monks outscored their conference counterparts by a combined score of 30-7…a total of 23 different players appeared in the nightcap for the Monks...with the nightcap win, Saint Joseph's reached the 20-win plateau for the 25th time in program history, with 20 of these instances coming during the 24-year tenure of Head Coach Will Sanborn '86.
Saint Joseph's travels to Bowdoin College on Tuesday for a non-conference game starting at 4:00 PM. Albertus Magnus faces Western Connecticut State University on Wednesday in a non-league twin bill slated to begin at 4:00 PM.