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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
LIU Baseball Earns Two Wins on Final Day in North Carolina
Recap, photo courtesy of LIU
Pioneers tally 25 hits, blast five homers in impressive offensive display
CARY, N.C. – The LIU Post baseball
team concluded its trip to the state of North Carolina on a high note
Sunday, first defeating Clarion University 8-5 then earning a 7-2 win
over Jefferson University at the USA Baseball Complex.
The Pioneers totaled 25 hits, five home runs, 10 doubles and 13 RBIs in what was an impressive offensive display from LIU Post.
Freshman Joshua Loeschorn earned the win against Clarion, pitching five innings, striking out four and scattering four hits. Senior Mike Stiles
had the save, striking out six. Against the Rams senior Brian Kavanaugh
fanned five batters in 4.2 innings and only allowed one hit to earn the
win. Game One – LIU Post 8, Clarion 5
Ciaccio continued his strong play at the plate as he led off in the
bottom of the first and doubled to left center; he then scored after
Wasson singled through the left side. Clarion responded with two run of
the own in the bottom of the second and took a 2-1 lead.
The Golden Eagles' lead did not last long, as Fritz homered down the
left field line in the bottom of the second to tie the game. The game
continued as a back-and-forth battle as Clarion added another run in the
top of the third and Brehm homered to left field in the bottom of the
third to tie the game 3-3.
LIU Post added another two runs to take a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the
fourth. Fritz doubled to left field then advanced to third after
freshman David Franchi
grounded out to second base. Mendyk followed by doubling down the left
field line, scoring Fritz. Fritz was next to score as Cicaccio had has
his second double of the morning, this time to left field.
Manzione launched a homer to left center in the bottom of the fifth to
give the Pioneers a 6-3 lead and Fritz continued his successful morning
at the plate in the top of the eighth as he doubled down the left field
line. Greene pinch ran for Fritz and advanced to third after Mendyk
grounded out to the pitcher then scored after Ciaccio doubled down the
left field line. Wasson then scored Ciaccio after a double down the left
field line of his own. Stiles struck out two batters in the top of the
ninth and the Pioneers held on for an 8-5 win. Game Two – LIU Post 7, Jefferson 2
The Pioneers got off to another strong start against Jefferson as Greene
homered to left center in the top of the second to give LIU Post an
early 1-0 lead. Piscitelli then singled through the left side and
advanced to second on a passed ball; Geraci followed with a homer to
left field and the Pioneers jumped ahead 3-0.
The Rams scored in the bottom of the second and bottom of the third to
make it a 3-2 game but the Pioneer bats stayed hot in the bottom of the
fifth. Ciaccio singled up the middle then advanced to second on a wild
pitch to Wasson. Brehm then singled to right center and Fritz then flied
out left center; Ciaccio scored. Wasson was next to score after a wild
pitch that also advanced Brehm to third, who then scored to give LIU
Post a 7-2 lead after another wild pitch to Greene.
In the bottom of the ninth redshirt junior Johnny Dehler doubled to left center, scoring Wasson for the final run of the game as LIU Post took the win, 7-2. Up Next
The Pioneers host Assumption College (8-4) in a doubleheader on
Saturday, Mar. 16 at 12:00 p.m. in their home-opener at the LIU Post