March 17, 2012

Hornets Baseball Take Two from the Royals

For immediate release – 3/17/2012 - #289
Hornets Baseball Take Two from the Royals

HARRISONBURG, VA – The Lynchburg College baseball team swept Eastern Mennonite University in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) double header on Saturday, winning 4-3 in the first game, and 22-7 in the nightcap.

Pitching was the story in the first game.  Senior Robert Garrett took the mound and pitched sixth and a third innings, giving up three runs and striking out four batters.  Garrett was relieved by sophomore Mike Mansfield, who earned his first win of the year.  The Royals starter Casey Harlow struck out five and allowed six hits in his six plus innings.  However, Harlow was in line for the win until the 8th inning.

Down 3-1 with one out in the 8th, junior Dan Savage started the rally reaching on an error.  First baseman Dustin Arrowood then got on, however Savage was out at second on a fielder's choice.  Ashton Paige pushed Arrowood to second with a single to center, and the Royals went to their bullpen again.  Facing the third EMU pitcher of the day, catcher Zach Fitzpatrick drilled a three-run homer off of Beau Banglesdorf to give the Hornets a 4-3 lead.

Mansfield gave up three hits over the last two innings, but allowed none of the runners to score, including inducing a game-ending double-play.  Michael Kenah had the other RBI for LC with Richard Palase scoring on the play.  Banglesdorf took the loss for the Royals.

In the second game, the bats came alive for the Hornets.  All of the Hornets starters recorded hits as the team tallied 24 for the game on the way to 22 runs for the game.

Savage continued his strong day with four hits, three of them being doubles.  He also had five RBI in the game and scored four others.  Arrowood also had four base knocks, including two doubles, and tallied three RBI. 

Right fielder JP Nicholas Jr. came back with a vengeance in the second game after going hitless in the first.  Nicholas was a home-run shy of the cycle and four RBI on three hits.  The freshman also scored three other runs.

Palase, Kenah, and Michael Del Buono also registered multi-hit games for the Hornets.  Palase had four RBI for Lynchburg as well.

Brandon Miller got the win for the Hornets after coming in relief.  The freshman gave up five hits and one run on five and a third innings pitched.

John Toney led the Royals (7-15 overall, 1-5 ODAC) in the second game with two hits and two RBI.

Lynchburg (14-5, 4-2) head home to take on Southern Virginia University, Tuesday at 3 p.m. on Fox Field.