VERO BEACH, Fla. – The Norwich University baseball team continued their spring break in a doubleheader against Penn State-Greater Allegheny on Thursday at Historic Dodgertown.
Norwich got a dominant effort from junior pitcher Billy Whaley (Northfield Vt.) in game one en route to a 4-0 win while a late Lion rally resulted in a 9-6 loss in game two.
Whaley tossed all seven innings, not surrendering a run on two hits and two walks. He struck out a staggering 13 Lion batters and threw 68 of his 111 pitches for strikes to improve to 1-1 on the season.
The Cadet offense got off to a fast start in the bottom of the first inning when sophomore Matt Sirois (Southington, Conn.) tripled to right field, scoring freshman Eddie Gates (Griswold, Conn.) from first base and taking a 1-0 lead. Two batters later sophomore Kaleb Smith (Dover Foxcroft, Maine) singled home Sirois to make it 2-0. On Smith’s hit Matthew Klema made an error in right field that allowed to more runs to score to stretch the lead to 4-0.
In game two the Cadet offense got off to an early start again as Gates hit a two-run homer to give Norwich a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the inning.
The Lion offense exploded for five runs on three hits in the frame to take a 5-2 lead entering the second innings.
Norwich came back in the top of the second as sophomore LaShawn Thomas (San Antonio, Texas) ripped a two-run single that scored sophomore Kyle Lamorey (Northfield, Vt.) and senior Brandon Place (Concord, N.H.) and cut the lead to 5-4.
The Cadets retook the lead in the top of the fourth as freshman Evan Shortsleeve (Litchfield, Conn.) scored on an error and sophomore Brandon Pedley (Northfield, Vt.) lifted an RBI-single to left field to make it 6-4.
The Lions reclaimed the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth inning as Troy Ambros lined a bases-loaded triple to right field after Allegheny had already knotted the game 6-6.
With a 9-6 lead in hand the Lions didn’t look back and took game two by the same final.
Senior Brian Whaley (St. Louis, Mo.) took the loss for Norwich to fall to 0-2 on the season. He allowed nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits and one walk over four and 1/3 innings. He struck out two batters.
The Cadets are back in action on Friday, March 13th when they face Penn State Fayette in their final games of the trip. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.