Courtesy of RITathletics.com
FARMVILLE, VA – The RIT baseball team (1-2) picked up its first win of the 2019 season, 12-7 over St. Mary’s College of Maryland (4-3) from the campus of Hampden Sydney College on Sunday.
The Tigers scored in seven of their nine innings, getting three runs in the sixth inning to open up a 7-3 lead and pulling away with four runs in the top of the ninth.
RIT slammed 19 hits in the win, as all nine starters and 10 players had at least one hit. Daniel Capra (North Salem, NY/North Salem) reached base five times, going 4-for-5 with a triple, three RBI two runs scored and a walk, while Daniel Zeglen (Scotia, NY/Scotia-Glenville) was 3-for-5 with three RBI in his season debut. Patrick Mylott (Aurora, OH/Western Reserve Academy) reached base four times (three hits and one walk), while Luke McNamara (Harrisburg, PA/Central Dauphin) scored three times and had two hits and Kyle Terzini (Liverpool, NY/Liverpool) added a pair of hits and a walk. Patrick Blackall (Hershey, PA/Hershey) had a pair of sacrifice flies for the Tigers.
Dillon Waters led St. Mary’s with four hits, while Jay Hammett scored twice and drove in a pair of runs.
Zeglen earned the win on the mound, scattering seven hits, while allowing three runs and striking out six batters without a walk in six innings of work. Michael Campbell (Honeoye Falls, NY/McQuaid Jesuit) got a big double-play to end the eighth inning with RIT up a run and pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record the save.
RIT led 2-0 before St. Mary’s answered with three runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 3-2 lead. RIT would score six unanswered runs over the next four innings, before St. Mary’s rallied with four in the eighth to make it an 8-7 game.
The Tigers put the game away in the ninth inning, as Ian Humes (Hockessin, DE/Shipley School) made his first collegiate hit one to remember, driving in two runs with a bases-loaded single in a pinch-hit appearance to make it 10-7. Capra added a run scoring single and Zeglen drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to complete the scoring.
RIT returns to action with five games at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational in Winter Haven and Auburndale, Fla., from March 9-15. RIT opens play against Salve Regina University on Saturday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m.