CANTON - Senior center fielder Carter Franz went four for five with two doubles, a triple and a home run as part of a 17-hit St. Lawrence University offensive outburst and freshman Frank Grady earned his first collegiate pitching victory as the Saints routed SUNY Plattsburgh 15-4 in a non-league matchup at Tom Fay Field Wednesday afternoon improving to 13-8 on the season.
Franz and shortstop Chris Fernandez drove in three runs each and outfielder Brian Magoveny hit a two run homer run as the Saints scored nine runs against two different Plattsburgh pitchers in the first two innings and were never threatened. Grady pitched four scoreless innings before giving up two runs in the top of the fifth. He worked out of that inning without further damage and relievers Michael DellOlio, Eric McGuire and Andrew Weitzel kept the Saints in front the rest of the way.
The Saints jumped on Plattsburgh starter Colin Crawford in the bottom of the first as Brian Palermo and Magoveny had back to back singles and Franz doubled to right center, scoring Palermo. Back-to-back sacrifice flies by Khifer OConnor and Jeff Kott plated two more runs and the Saints made it 4-0 when Kevin Prindle singled and scored on Paul Piatellis double.
It went to 9-0 in the bottom of the second as Palermo was hit by a pitch with one out and Magovney hit a towering homer over the left field fence. Franz then tripled to right center and scored on a passed ball, OConnor walked, moved to third on Kotts single and scored on Prindles double and Kott came around to score when Fernandez singled up the middle.
SLU picked up two more runs off Shunsuke Sigimoto in the bottom of the fourth when Kott doubled, Piatelli walked and after a wild pitch, Fernandez delivered a two-run single to center.
Plattsburgh, now 9-17, finally broke the scoring ice against Grady, who walked none and struck out one, scoring two runs on doubled by J.D. Springer and Shane Houppert and a single by Brian Latulipe.
The Saints got one run back in the bottom of the fifth as Franz doubled, moved to third on a double play ball and scored when Mark Syron singled to right. Plattsburgh scored a run in the top of the seventh off DellOlio as Springer singled and Houppert doubled him home and the Cardinals made it 12-4 in the top of the eighth as Ben Weightman hit a two-out run-scoring double against McGuire. Weitzel came on to get the final out and shut Plattsburgh down the rest of the way.
The Saints tacked on three more runs, all unearned, in the bottom of the eighth. Palermo singled with two out, went to second on a wild pitch and reached when Chris Conlon reached on an error. Franz then lined a two-run homer over the right field fence, his fourth of the season.
SLU will return to Liberty League play Saturday and Sunday with doubleheaders at Rensselaer.
SLU SOFTBALL DOUBLES CANTON
The St. Lawrence University softball team earned a 6-3 non-conference victory on the road over crosstown rival SUNY Canton (10-17) on Wednesday.
The Saints move to 12-11 on the season and will travel to Saratoga Springs on Saturday for their final pair of regular-season Liberty League games against Skidmore College.
St. Lawrence pitcher Kyle Plimpton earned the win on the mound as she allowed three runs on four hits while striking out seven to improve to 6-6 on the season.
Offensively, Caroline Kieltyka was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored, while Chelsea Cavellier was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Natasha Bell and Aisha OConnor added two hits and a run apiece. Marissa Boyer added an RBI double for the Saints.
SUNY Canton struck first in the first inning as Nicole Mulieri led off with a double and would score on Tina DeLucas sacrifice fly to center field. St. Lawrence responded in the second when Cavellier singled to left field and was hit home by Kieltykas RBI single.
St. Lawrence strung together three hits from OConnor, Bell and Cavellier in the third inning, and OConnor took advantage of a outfielding miscue to score from third base to put her team up 2-1.
The Saints erupted for four more runs in the sixth inning on four hits. Bell led off with a bunt single and then moved to third base on Cavelliers hit.
Elizabeth McGinley then reached first on a fielders choice, and after SUNY Canton tried to get Bell in a run down at third, the Roos threw the ball away, allowing Bell to score. Kieltyka followed with a two-run double to right center field to bring home McGinley and Cavellier. Boyer followed with an RBI- double to center field to score Kieltyka and push the Saints ahead 6-1.
The Roos cut into the Saints lead on a two-run homerun from Hallie Fenti that bounced off the fence in left centerfield, but Plimpton forced SUNY Cantons next batter to ground out to first to end the game.
CANTON BASEBALL SWEEPS CAZENOVIA
The SUNY Canton baseball team swept Cazenovia College on Wednesday winning 5-1 and 5-2 in Canton.
SUNY Canton (6-16) received two solid pitching performances from sophomore Travis Legacy (Malone, N.Y.) in game one and junior Alex LaFountain (Keesville, N.Y.) in the nightcap. Each hurler tossed a complete game, as Legacy won his third game striking out two batters in seven innings while holding the Wildcats to just four singles, and LaFountain fanned nine batters in a two-hit performance over seven innings to earn his third win as well.
In the opening game, the Roos jumped out on the Wildcats early, building a 3-0 lead after two innings. In the first inning, freshman Eddy Morel (Lake Worth, Fla.) ripped a double down the left field line, advanced to second on a balk, and scored on an RBI-groundout by freshman Kyle Sacks (Clifton Park, N.Y.). In the second, Sacks lined a single that scored freshman Braden Giffen (Lake Worth, Fla.), who had hit a double, and senior Michael Zelyez (Brasher Falls, N.Y.), who was hit by a pitch.
The Roos scored two more runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning, when Giffen, who got on base with a single to left field, scored after senior Gerardo Torres (Theresa, N.Y.) reached on a fielders choice. Zelyez, who drew walk to get on safely, came around to score his second run when junior Jordan Hunneyman (Redwood, N.Y.) laced an RBI-single to left field.
The Wildcats got one run back in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI-single from Pat Shepardson.
Casey MacClaren took the loss on the mound allowing five runs on seven hits and five walks with two strikeouts in six innings.
In the nightcap, the Roos pounded out six hits, including three doubles to earn the sweep. They scored two runs in the first, two more in the second and their final run in the bottom of the sixth. In the first, freshman Kevin Hill (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) stroked an RBI-single and senior Tom Darling (Oswego, N.Y.) added a run-scoring double to center field. In the second, Zelyez drew a walk, stole second and third, and scored on single from Morel, who then came home on a sacrifice fly to left field by Hunneyman. Sacks provided the Roos final run when he knocked in his fourth RBI of the day with a single to center field that plated Morel, who had had smacked his second double of the afternoon.
Morel finished 2-for-4 with two runs. Hill also had two hits and Giffen drew a pair of walks.
Dan Hodne doubled for Cazenovia, who sent five pitches to the mound in the second game.
The Roos return to action this weekend hosting Fisher College in a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday starting at 12 p.m. each day.