|Saint Joseph's College||Worcester State University|
AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Saint Joseph’s College (2-0) kicked off the 2017 season with a pair of victories over Worcester Polytechnic Institute (0-2) in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational at Lake Myrtle Park on Sunday. The Monks opened play with a 7-2 triumph and completed the sweep with a 20-11 victory over the Engineers.
Saint Joseph’s took advantage of five WPI errors in the opening victory, as just one of the Monks’ seven runs was scored as an earned run. In fact, the Royal Blue plated three unearned runs, enough to win the game, as it played out, off two WPI miscues in the bottom of the first frame.
Saint Joseph’s junior starter Travis Godbout (Portland, Maine) picked up his first win of the year after allowing one run off four hits and three walks with three strikeouts over four innings. Junior reliever Marc Poirier (Lunenburg, Mass.) earned his first save after yielding one run off three hits and a walk with a trio of punch-outs in three innings of work.
WPI junior starter Steven D’Agnostino (Worcester, Mass.) suffered the loss after giving up five unearned runs off four hits and four walks over five frames. Freshman Nick Colucci (Lynnfield, Mass.) allowed two runs (one earned) and a hit with one K in an inning of relief.
Sophomore second baseman Joey Murphy (Derry, N.H.) went 2-3 with two runs and a walk.
Senior shortstop Max McCoomb (South Berwick, Maine) was 1-2 with two runs, a double, and an RBI.
Senior outfielder Scott Betts (Peabody, Mass.) doubled and scored a run.
Junior designated hitter Matt Howard (Worcester, Mass.) was 2-4 with a run scored.
Sophomore right fielder Ryan Tropeano (Pembroke, Mass.) went 2-3 with a run and a walk.