DeLuca homer powers Saints baseball Game 1 win; Rochester gains split
Matt DeLuca hit a three run home run as part of a five run fifth as St. Lawrence University won game one of a Liberty League doubleheader against the University of Rochester at Tom Fay Field on Sunday, but the Yellowjackets bounced back to gain a split, scoring four in the bottom of the sixth en route a 11-7 win in game two.
Both teams are 8-13 overall while the Saints are 5-7 in Liberty League play and Rochester is 4-6 after splitting their four-game weekend series.The Saints, playing as visiting team on their home field, fell behind 2-0 in game one, but took command with back-to-back five run innings in the top of the fifth and sixth. Carter Franz started the fifth run rally with a two out double to center and Bryan Palermo singled down the third base line to plate Franz and cut the Rochester lead to 2-1. Palermo then stole second base and scored on Paul Piatelli's single down the right field line. Khifer O'Connor walked and Rochester replaced starter Nick Cacciola with Corey King on the mound. DeLuca greeted King with a towering three run homer to right to give the Saints a 5-2 lead.
Taylor Engle started the five-run sixth with a double to left against Yellowjacket pitcher DJ Schwartz, and with one out, Schwartz walked the bases full. Adam Sullivan came on to try to stop the rally, but Palermo walked to force in one run and another scored on a wild pitch. Back-to-back walks scored another run and Brian Magovney's fly ball was mishandled in left field, scoring two more for a 10-2 Saint lead.
Rochester scored twice off Saint starter Pat Considine in the bottom of the sixth, but Kyle Donaldson came on to end the rally and finished out the game without allowing a hit. Considine was the winner, pitching into the sixth and striking out five. Franz and Magovney each had two hits for the Saints while Steve Just had a pair of hits for Rochester.
In game two Rochester got six runs off rookie starter Joe Riley in the first two innings, but the Saints came back to take a 7-6 lead before Rochester took the lead for good with a four-run sixth.
Singles by Jon Menke and Ethan Sander and a sacrifice fly by Chris Davis produced three runs in the bottom of the Rochester first and Menke drove in two runs with a single and the third run scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the second for the 6-0 Rochester lead.
The Saints responded with a six run third against Rochester starter Charles Chanatry. Piatelli singled in a run, O'Connor hit a two run double, Magovney a two run single and Engle had a run-scoring single in the big inning. SLU took the lead in the top of the fourth as Franz singled with one out, Palermo doubled with Franz going to third and Piatelli grounded out to first, scoring the run.
Alex Parker doubled, was sacrificed to third and scored on Sander's sacrifice fly to tie it in the bottom of the fifth and Alex Caghan and Alex Parker had run scoring singles, another run scored on a error and the fourth on a ground out in the bottom of the sixth.
Chanatry went seven for the win with relief help from Jeremy Diller and Sullivan while Donaldson took the loss in relief for the Saints.
SLU will play Plattsburgh in Canton at 4 p.m. Tuesday while Rochester will host RIT.