VERO BEACH, FLORIDA – The Norwich University baseball team opened its season in a doubleheader against Penn State Brandywine at Historic Dodgertown on Sunday.
The Lions swept the Cadets, recording wins of 15-3 in the first game and 11-5 in game two.
Norwich fell behind early in game one and trailed 4-0 entering the bottom of the second inning before sophomore Tim Dargan (Bremerton, Wash.) plated fellow sophomore Brandon Pedley (Northfield, Vt.) with a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit.
The Cadets added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning after Dargan ripped a two-RBI single that scored Pedley and Nick Smith () and made it 4-3.
The Lions exploded for 11 runs over the next three innings to take the game 15-3.
Junior Billy Whaley (Northfield, Vt.) was saddled with the loss after allowing seven runs (four earned) over four and two-thirds innings. He allowed six hits and five walks while striking out five batters.
In game two the Cadets jumped out early after sophomore LaShawn Thomas (San Antonio, Texas) led off the top of the first with a single. After advancing to second base on a wild pitch Thomas came around to score on a single by sophomore Matt Sirois (Southington, Conn.).
The Lions got a run back in the bottom of the first before freshman Eddie Gates (Griswold, Conn.) and Thomas hit back-to-back, two-out RBI doubles to take a 3-1 lead in the top of the second.
Freshman Evan Shortsleeve (Litchfield, Conn.) extended the advantage with a two-out RBI single that scored Whaley to make it 4-1 in the top of the third.
Whaley then hit an RBI single in the top of the fourth inning that scored Gates and gave Norwich a five run lead.
The Lions were able to replicate their performance from the first game and hung eleven runs on the Cadets over the next three innings to take an 11-5 final.
Junior Brian Whaley (St. Louis, MO.) took the loss for Norwich after allowing eight runs (four earned) on 12 hits. He allowed one walk and fanned four batters.
The Cadets start the season 0-2 while the Lions improve to 2-1.
Norwich is next in action on Tuesday, March 10th when they face Penn State Beaver in a twinbill. Game one is set for 9:30 a.m. with game two set for 11:30a.m.