|Saint Joseph's College||Worcester Polytechnic Institute|
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.
For the second time in as many games, the Monks scored three runs in the first inning and proceeded to secure a 5-2 cushion after four frames. The fifth inning was an offensive boon for both teams, as St. Joe’s knocked in eight runs off four hits and an error and WPI responded with six runs off eight hits to make it a 13-8 game. The Engineers tightened the collar with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but the Monks answered with another crooked number, putting up seven runs off five knocks to account for the 20-11 final.
SJC junior starter Philip LeVangie (Hanover, Mass.) collected the victory after giving up seven runs off 12 hits over four frames while junior Josh Partridge (Deerfield, N.H.) and freshmen Luke Klenda (Yarmouth, Maine) and Roderick Maynard (Baldwin, Maine) combined to allow four runs off six hits and a walk in two innings of relief.
WPI junior starter Drew Gelinas (Saco, Maine) took the loss after yielding five runs off three hits and six walks with five strikeouts. The Engineers also employed six relievers – CJ Doskocil (Sterling, Mass.), Tyler Weiss (Monroe, Conn.), Robert Chase (Grand Isle, Vt.), Adam Bettigole (South Windsor, Conn.), Dominic Fusco (North Haven, Conn.), and Sean Fallon (Westwood, Mass.) – in the setback.
Senior designated hitter Jameson Collins (Sandown, N.H.) was 3-3 with three runs, a triple, and five RBI.
Senior third baseman Taylor Black (Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.) went 2-4 with four runs, a double, and an RBI.
McCoomb added two hits, three runs, two RBI, and a pair of walks.
Freshman left fielder Adam Twitchell (Shrewsbury, Mass.) was 2-2 with a run, a double, and an RBI.
Sophomore first baseman Noah McDaniel (Eliot, Maine) went 2-3 with a run, an RBI, and two free passes.
Murphy was 1-3 with two runs and a three-run homer, the first jack of his collegiate career.
Senior outfielder Anthony Capuano (Stoneham, Mass.) was 3-4 with three runs, two doubles, and three RBI.
Tropeano, Steven Gallagher (Coventry, R.I.), Howard, Joe Fainer (Thomaston, Conn.), Austin Lindner (West Windsor, N.J.), and Jake Spada (Middleton, Mass.) all registered two hits.