3/2/2021 | 3:00 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA – The La Salle University baseball team overcame a five-run deficit with a six-run seventh inning to pick up its first win of the season in game one of a Monday doubleheader against Hofstra at Hank DeVincent Field. The Explorers took game one, 6-5, and then suffered a 14-5 setback in the series finale.
GAME 1 – La Salle 6, Hofstra 5
- La Salle fell behind early as Austin Gauthier hit a solo home run off the first pitch of the game and then hit an RBI double in the third to make it 2-0 Hofstra.
- The Pride added another run in the fifth and then scored two more on a single and a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh to take a 5-0 lead heading into the seventh-inning stretch.
- That’s when the Explorers flipped the switch, getting the bats going with six runs on five hits in the seventh. Senior Jack Cucinotta started it with an RBI single to left to score junior Sal Monticciolo.
- The next batter, junior Tatem Levins, stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and cleared them with a three-run double to right to suddenly make it a one-run game, 5-4.
- Two batters later, Levins and sophomore Elijah Dickerson scored on a triple by graduate student Ryan Guckin, pushing La Salle in front for the first time, 6-5.
- Sophomore Jordan Morales came out of the bullpen and got an inning-ending double play to end the eighth and then got out of a jam with runners on the corners as he got the final man to ground out to pick up his third career save.
GAME 2 – Hofstra 14, La Salle 5
- Hofstra struck big early again in the second game, plating five runs in the second inning to take control 5-0.
- La Salle chipped away in the bottom half as freshman Will Binder brought in sophomore Connor Coolahan on an RBI single to make it 5-1.
- Catcher John DeMucci then led off the third inning with a solo home run to left field, and Levins later hit a sacrifice fly to bring Cucinotta home to bring the Explorers with a pair, 5-3.
- But the Pride immediately answered in the fourth inning with four runs, and after DeMucci scored on a Cucinotta sacrifice fly in the fifth, Hofstra added three more runs in the sixth to go up 12-4.
- Guckin scored on an RBI groundout by Coolahan in the bottom of the sixth, but Hofstra scored twice again in the eighth to close out the doubleheader.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Coolahan went 3-for-7 on the day, while Levins drove in four runs. In game two, DeMucci was 2-for-4 with two runs and Binder went 2-for-3.
- Senior Colin Kennedy got the win in game one on the mound after throwing a scoreless seventh, while Morales struck out two and allowed two hits over two scoreless innings as the closer.
- La Salle will play again on Wednesday, hosting Delaware State at Hank DeVincent Field. The game will be streamed on ESPN+ and first pitch is set for 3 p.m.
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