St. Petersburg, Fla. – The Lynn University baseball team bounced back from an extra-innings loss on Friday night with a pair of wins on Saturday, taking both ends of a Sunshine State Conference doubleheader on the road at Eckerd. The Fighting Knights picked up an extra-innings win of their own in game one, 7-6, before taking game two by a final score of 14-5.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Game 1 – Lynn 7, Eckerd 6 (10 innings); Game 2 – Lynn 14, Eckerd 5
Records: Lynn (11-11, 3-6 SSC), Eckerd (9-10, 3-6 SSC)
Location: Turley Sports Complex | St. Petersburg, Fla.
All-Time Series: Lynn leads, 44-15 (Lynn won the season series, 2-1)
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STATS OF THE GAME:
- Game 1
- Tom Archer racked up three hits in game one, leading the offense as the only player with multiple hits for the Fighting Knights. The infielder added two RBIs and a run scored as he played a pivotal role in the victory.
- Gabe Martinez clubbed his second home run of the week with a two-run shot in the third inning that tied the game at 2-2.
- Patrick Dorrian gave Lynn a one-run cushion in the top of the 10th, ripping a triple into center field before scoring on a wild pitch to make it 6-5 in favor of the Blue and White.
- Shayne Fontana drove in a pair of runs—including the eventual game-winning run. The center fielder knocked in the seventh run of the game for Lynn with a 10th-inning base hit through the right side of the infield to score Willie Seay.
- Daniel Nuzzi picked up his first win of the season with 3.0 innings of relief, allowing just one unearned run on four hits without a walk.
- Enrique Perez slammed the door for the save in the 10th inning, his second of the season. He allowed a run on two hits, but stranded the tying run at third base to end the game.
- Rigo Beltran earned a no decision for his 6.0 innings of work as the game's starting pitcher, as he allowed four runs on six hits and a walk. He struck out seven, giving him 23 strikeouts over his last three starts combined.
- Game 2
- Dorrian had his best performance of the week in game two, going 4-for-5 at the plate with a double and two home runs. He drove in six runs in the tail end of the doubleheader and scored twice in the victory.
- Tom Archer again collected three hits in the second game, giving him a team-best six hits on the day. He scored each of his three times on base as he was driven in by Dorrian each time.
- Tyler Green homered for the fourth time this week, driving in a total of four runs in the victory. His three-run homer in the fifth inning put the game out of reach as it gave Lynn an 8-1 lead.
- Martinez drove in three more runs in the second game of the day, tallying a two-run single in the fourth inning and an RBI single in the fifth inning.
- Alec Ojeda was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the game, marking his third two-hit game of the season for the Fighting Knights.
- Philip Quinn earned the win on the mound, working a career-high 6.0 innings and scattering five hits, three runs and a walk. He struck out two in the contest and threw 52 of 79 pitches for strikes
- Victor Danza went 2.0 innings in relief of Quinn, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts—two of which were looking.
- Alec Hernandez worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out the side in order to close out the game. It was the first time in his 22 career appearances that he has gone three-up, three-down with three strikeouts in an inning.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Green homered on each of the four dates of competition for the Fighting Knights this week, giving him a total of six home runs on the season.
- Dorrian's 10 home runs this season have already surpassed his season total from the 2017 campaign in which he hit nine long balls.
- Dorrian is tied for the SSC lead in RBIs on the season with 30, and leads the league in home runs.
- This was the first SSC series victory for Lynn of the season.
The Fighting Knights kick off a busy week with a Tuesday matinee against Southern Connecticut State University. First pitch is slated for 2:30 p.m. at the Lynn Baseball Field.