By Michael Otero
On Thursday, Apr. 2, the baseball team started out their crucial four-game set with the 9-3 rout of the Spartans from St. Thomas Aquinas Col- lege from the LIU Post Baseball Field in Brookville, N.Y.
Sophomore pitcher Jake DeCarli tossed seven innings, striking out six Spartans and allow- ing just one run on five hits. While DeCarli kept the opposition at bay, the Pioneer offense went to work early and often, scoring all nine of their runs in the first four innings. Sophomore outfielder Kenny Daley, graduate outfielder Vinny Iacono, junior infielder Matt Bowers, and junior shortstop Rick Alessi all collected multi-hit games.
The Pioneers returned to action on Saturday, Apr. 4, in a doubleheader against a familiar foe in the Spartans. St. Thomas took both games by a score of 9-6 and 6-0 respectively. In the first game, the Pioneers jumped out to an early lead, but sophomore pitcher James Long ran into some trouble in the third inning. The Spartans evened up the score and then scored three more runs in the next two innings.
Trailing 4-1, the Pioneers put runs on the board in a rather unique way. After an RBI groundout plated junior first baseman David Goreneveld, the Pioneers tallied runs on a bases loaded hit by pitch and walk to even up the score at four. The Spartans answered the three run rally with a few runs of their own, pushing their lead 7-4. The Spartans eventually took the game by a score of 9-6.
In the night cap, the Pioneers struggled at the dish and in the field, posting just four hits and committing eight errors. The Spartans were led by pitcher Nick May who stuck out six Pioneers in a seven inning effort to earn his third win of the season.
The Pioneers are back in action on Friday, Apr. 10, when they return home to face Dowling College in a four-game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.