WALTHAM, Mass. – The Norwich University baseball team hosted a Great Northeast Athletic Conference doubleheader against Lasell College on Saturday afternoon at Brandeis College.
The Lasers used a late comeback to take game one 8-7 and never trailed in game two, winning 7-1 and sweeping the Cadets.
In game one Lasell jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning but Norwich answered in its half of the frame as sophomore Matt Sirois (Southington, Conn.) reached on an error that scored fellow sophomore LaShawn Thomas (San Antonio, Texas) to make it 2-1. Sophomore Tim Dargan (Bremerton, Wash.) then singled to plate two more runs and give the Cadets the 3-2 lead.
The Lasers tied the game 3-3 in the top of the third, but the Cadets answered in the bottom half with a sacrifice fly by junior Billy Whaley (Northfield, Vt.) that plated sophomore Brandon Pedley (Northfield, Vt.). Sirois came around to score on a throwing error and establish a 5-3 lead.
Norwich tacked on a run in both the fourth and fifth innings on a Pedley RBI single and an RBI single by junior John Flanagan (West Groton, Mass.) respectively before Lasell put up three runs in the top of the sixth to take an 8-7 lead that held.
Norwich senior Brandon Place (Concord, N.H.) started on the hill and allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings of work. He allowed two walks. Sophomore Brian Albert took the loss to fall to 1-2 on the season after allowing three runs on one hit in two-thirds of an inning.
Gary Trottier took the win for Lasell after pitching two innings of relief, allowing three hits and striking out two batters. He improves to 1-2.
In game two the Lasers scored two runs in the first, two in the second and three in the third to take an early 7-0 lead.
Sophomore Jacob Muetterties (Boxford, Mass.) took the loss after going one and one-third innings. He allowed four runs on eight hits and stuck out one batter and falls to 1-3 on the season.
Josh Balnick went six innings and allowed one run on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts to improve to 2-1.
Lasell’s record now sits at 7-12 overall and 3-4 in the GNAC while Norwich is no 6-8 and 1-5 in conference.
The Cadets are next in action on Sunday, April 12th for a GNAC doubleheader at Saint Joseph’s of Maine. The games are set for 1 and 3 p.m.