Seahawks sweep Warriors, 5-2 and 11-2
FT. MYERS, Fla. - Starting pitchers Nicholas Gaj (Pawtucket, R.I.) and Matthew Croteau (Cheshire, Conn.) allowed no earned runs as Salve Regina University baseball raised its record to .500 (4-4) with a doubleheader sweep over Wisconsin Lutheran College, 5-2 and 11-2, in the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Florida.
Gaj tossed five innings of three-hit ball in the opener before handing the ball off to sophomore Thomas Betros (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) who nailed down the save with two scoreless frames. Offensively, the Seahawks managed to scratch across five runs on just three hits. Sophomore Dominic Di Sano (Central Falls, R.I.) drove in a run and scored twice in the win, while sophomore shortstop Daniel Donohue (Westbury, N.Y.) went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored. Senior Byron Reding (Darrien, Conn.) finished 1-for-3 with a run batted in, while sophomore Tyler Colby (Easton, Conn.) walked, stole a base, and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
The Seahawks jumped on top early with three runs in the top of the first, including a sacrifice fly by Colby to drive home senior Nicholas Politelli (Warwick, R.I.).
After Wisconsin Lutheran cut the Salve Regina lead down to 3-2 with single runs in both the second and third innings, the Seahawks scored twice in the top of the fifth to build a 5-2 advantage. Di Sano knocked home Donohue with a fielder's choice for the first run of the inning, while Reding added an RBI-single to score Di Sano.
After Gaj retired the side in order in the fifth, Betros sealed the 5-2 victory with two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit in the process.
Colby led the offensive charge for the Seahawks in game two, going 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and a game-high four runs batted in. Daniel Donohue and sophomore Anthony Conte (Georgetown, Mass.) both compiled two hits and three runs in the win, while Reding finished 2-for-3 with a triple, a run scored, and a pair of RBI's. On the mound, freshman Matthew Croteau (Cheshire, Conn.) tossed a complete game, allowing just three hits over seven innings while striking out five to improve to 1-0 on the season.
The Seahawks built an 8-0 lead over the first three innings, scoring three runs in the first, and four more in the second before taking on a run in the third.
Colby drove in Politelli with a ground out for the game's first run, while a triple by Reding and an RBI single by Gaj capped the three-run first.
After a walk by Conte, a single by freshman Salvatore Cumella (Ridgefield, N.J.), and a double steal put runners on second and third with no outs, freshman Sean Becker (Richmond, Va.) and Politelli each drove home runs with ground outs to put the Seahawks ahead, 5-0. Colby followed with an RBI double and then came around to score on a single by Reding to push the lead to a commanding 7-0.
Leading 8-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Seahawks put the game away with three runs, including an RBI single by Becker and a two-run base knock by Colby.