Pioneers Sweep Series against Aquinas

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By Griffin Albrecht

Staff Writer

On a chilly afternoon, the baseball team played St. Thomas Aquinas Spartans at home in their final game of a series dominated by Pioneers on Monday, April 1. In the two prior games of the series, the Pioneers won skillfully, earning a 25-5 win in their first matchup in series.

Pitcher winds up for a long throw

The Pioneers dominated in the outfield. Freshman pitcher Joshua Loeschhorn, who tied his strike record with six in this game, was a key to the team’s success. “I thought Josh was outstanding on the mound,” Mike Gaffney, head coach, said. “He gave us the performance we needed.”

Pioneer baseball player runs to a base

The Pioneers scored the two runs in the first couple of innings, including two runs by senior Anthony Vaglica in the second inning and again in the fourth with a line drive to left field by junior Zack Fritz. The Spartans scored their first run in the fifth but were quickly answered by a run batted in from senior Dave Brehm. The Pioneers walked away with their third victory of the series.

“After such a successful weekend, we could have come out a little too relaxed, but we didn’t.” Coach Gaffney said, “The team came out with the urgency of getting a sweep, not being content with just winning three out of four.”

In their next matchup, The Pioneers will take on Mercy College as the team comes from a two-game loss to Bridgeport. “We need to have the urgency we had this weekend offensively, have a good weekend on the mound, and I’m confident we’ll be successful,” Gaffney said.

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