VERO BEACH, Fla. – The Norwich University baseball picked up their first wins of the season in a double-header sweep of Penn State Beaver on Tuesday at Historic Dodgertown.
The Cadet bats came alive in a 15-3 win in game one, with a five-run sixth inning keying a 7-5 win in game two.
Sophomore LaShawn Thomas (San Antonio, Texas) led off the top of the first inning with a triple. Two batters later, junior Billy Whaley (Northfield, Vt.) was hit by a pitch. Both Thomas and Whaley came home on a throwing error by pitcher Colin Macon to make it 2-0 Cadets.
Norwich added to its lead in the top of the second when sophomore Brandon Pedley (Northfield, Vt.) ripped a bases-loaded double to left field that score freshmen Evan Shortsleeve (Litchfield, Conn.) and Eddie Gates (Griswold, Conn.). Sophomore Matt Sirois (Southington, Conn.) added a sacrifice fly and sophomore Kyle Lamorey (Northfield, Vt.) lifted an RBI single to center to help stretch the Cadet lead to 7-0 after two innings.
Sirois added an RBI single in the top of the fourth inning before Beaver pitcher Duncan Miklos was called for a balk that allowed two runs to score. Sophomore Donovan Murby (Manchester, N.H.) picked up an RBI on a groundout and Shortsleeve scored on another error. Thomas plated Gates with a single and Whaley then scored Thomas with a single of his own. The Cadets lead 14-0 after the top of the fourth inning.
Penn State got one run back in the bottom of the fifth but Gates led off the top of the sixth with a triple and scored on a passed ball to make it 15-3.
The Lions picked up two runs in the bottom of the seventh before freshman Jameson Gates (La Selva Beach, Calif.) struck out the side to seal the win.
Junior Jacob Muetterties (Boxford, Mass.) pitched well in his season-debut, surrendering just one run (unearned) on three hits through five innings. He allowed two walks and struck out two batters to improve to 1-0 on the season.
J. Gates pitched two innings in relief and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits. He struck out five while not allowing a walk.
In game two the Cadets broke a scoreless deadlock in the bottom of the fourth after Whaley and Sirois hit consecutive singles. E. Gates grounded out to second base, scoring Whaley from third to take a 1-0 lead. Lamorey then grounded out to short, scoring Sirois and making it 2-0 Norwich.
The Lions offense exploded for five runs in the top of the fifth to take a 5-2 lead that lasted until the bottom of the sixth inning when Sirois, E. Gates and Lamorey all singled to load the bases with one out. Sophomore Kyle Dombrowski (Griswold, Conn.) stepped to the plate and lined a three-run triple to left field to tie the game 5-5. Shortsleeve then reached on an error in centerfield on Rob Trihlin that allowed Dombrowski to score from third and gave Norwich a 6-5 lead. Thomas scored Shortsleeve two batters later on a single to make it 7-5
Senior Brandon Place (Concord, N.H.) picked up the win for Norwich to improve to 1-0. He threw all seven innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits. He struck out five and didn’t allow a walk.
Norwich improves to 2-2 on the season while Penn State Beaver falls to 1-3. The Cadets are next in action on Thursday, March 12th when they face Penn State Greater Allegheny in a doubleheader. Game one is set for 9 a.m. with game two slated for 11:30 a.m.