Boca Raton, Fla. – The Lynn baseball team split the double-header against Columbus State on Saturday, losing the first game 8-6, in a game where both squads reached double-digit in hits. The second game went in favor of the home team, 5-2, as Fighting Knight pitching from Donovan Armas and Daniel Nuzzi shut down the Cougar offense for the majority of the 7-inning game.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Columbus State 8, Lynn 6; Lynn 5, Columbus State 2
Records: Columbus State (3-3), Lynn (3-3)
Location: Lynn Baseball Field | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-time Series: Columbus State leads the series, 10-8
Get Social: Twitter - @Lynn_Knights | Instagram - @Lynn_Knights | Facebook - /LynnFightingKnights
STATS of THE GAME:
- Game 1:
- Frank Grandinette got the second straight starting nod on the mound, but also got his second loss on the year. The senior veteran gave up six runs on nine hits and two walks, but was effective in getting seven strike outs at the plate. Jonathan Eisdorfer and Enrique Perez split the remaining innings between them.
- Karl Ellison (3), Patrick Dorrian (2) and Tyler Curtis (2) all recorded multi-hit performances in the series opener. Ellison was responsible for four of the team's eight runs, scoring two runs and knocking in two at the plate.
- Jarren Pinkney, Miguel Ceballos and Alex Turner also hit safely in the afternoon action.
- Both teams left even more scoring opportunities on base, with 15 men left on base between the two squads.
- Game 2:
- Dorrian made his first appearance as lead-off hitter and took advantage, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
- Pinkney was the only other member of the Blue and White to reach double-digit hits in game two. Ceballos, Curtis and Rouse added one hit a piece to their season total.
- Armas was in the game-two starting rotation for the second-straight week, and continued his impressive starting jobs by going 6.0 innings giving up one unearned run on three hits, four walks and posting seven swing and misses for strikeouts on his day. Nuzzi came in for the seventh to finish the game, giving up one run on two hits and one strike out.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- The Fighting Knights have put up 10 or more hits in three of the first six games this season.
- The Blue and White have scored at least five runs in each game this season.
- Perez went on the mound and put up his third straight appearance without giving up an earned run, and is the only member of the Lynn pitching staff to not have given up an earned run this season.
- In game two, the home squad was efficient with scoring five runs on seven hits, but those hits were the fewest of the 2017 season.
- Dorrian led off the batting order for the first time this season in game two.
The Fighting Knights and Cougars will go head-to-head in a rubber match to decide the series on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 12:00 pm.