UR bats explode for 40 runs in DH sweep

Courtesy of UofRAthletics.com

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The University of Rochester bats continued its assault of opposing pitchers this season, earning a sweep against St. Lawrence University in a Liberty League doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Towers Field.

Rochester put up 40 total runs in Sunday’s two wins, earning a 19-3 victory in game one before slugging out a 21-13 win in game two. The four-game sweep moves the Yellowjackets to 20-7 overall and 14-2 in the conference. St. Lawrence drops to 10-10 on the year and 5-7 in the Liberty League.

The Yellowjackets got off to a quick start in game one, scoring four times in each of the first two innings to grab an 8-0 lead. UR ended up scoring multiple runs in six of the seven innings leading to the blowout win.

Jackson ReedJoseph RendeJohn Moses and Jacob Matzat all had multiple hits for UR, while five hitters also drove in multiple runs.

Reed finished 3-for-4, including a double and five runs scored, ranking second in runs in a single-game in UR history. Rende and Moses each were 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI while Matzat had two doubles and drove in two runs.

Aaron Whitley had a 2-run home run in the victory and scored three times, while Josh Leadem blasted a solo shot, his fourth round-tripper of the season.

On the mound, Trevor Van Allen picked up his third win of the year, going six innings while allowing five hits, three runs (one earned), with three walks and two strikeouts. Thomas Blaydes pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Yellowjackets.

In game two, St. Lawrence came out quick, scoring seven runs in the first two innings to grab a big 7-1 lead. SLU scored six runs in the second, with Nicholas Butler launching a grand slam to left being the big hit of the inning. Andrew Circelli also tripled in a run during the outburst.

Rochester began to chip away in the third. Luke Piontek tripled in a run and Matzat lifted a sacrifice fly to get two runs back. In the fourth, Steve Pickering had a big two-out single to right, scoring two more runs to make the St. Lawrence lead 7-5.

St. Lawrence got a run back in the fourth to lead 8-5, but another Whitley home run added a run to UR’s total and Rende scored on a wild pitch to make the score 8-7.

Butler followed in the sixth with his second home run of the game, putting the Saints back up by two at 9-7, but Rochester scored three times in the top of the seventh to gain the lead. Leadem scored on a balk, Brian McKinsey scored on a wild pitch and Reed scored on a Moses groundout to put UR ahead.

In the eighth, the floodgates opened, as Rochester sent 14 batters to the plate, scoring a remarkable 11 runs to increase its lead to 21-9. Matzat hit his team leading sixth home run of the year, going opposite field to right for a 2-run shot. Brian McKinsey also had a home run in the inning, lifting a 3-run blast to left center.

St. Lawrence was able to get double-digits in runs after three runs came across in the eighth and one more in the ninth against the UR bullpen. Michael Goretti had a 2-run triple and James Cronin had a run-scoring double in the eighth and Goretti added another RBI hit in the ninth for the Saints.

UR’s winning pitcher was Thomas Karpishin who came on in relief of starter Jason Cobert. Cobert went five innings and allowed eight runs while striking out three. Karpishin went the next three and struck out six while yielding four runs (three earned). Spencer Rojahn cleaned up the ninth for UR.

At the plate three ‘Jackets had four hits, as Leadem went 4-for-5, and both Rende and Moses were 4-for-7. Eight of the nine starters had multiple hits and multiple runs for Rochester. Rende finished a home run shy of the cycle and scored four times while Moses had a double and two RBI.

Matzat led the way with four RBI while McKinsey and Pickering each plated three runs.

For SLU, Goretti was 3-for-4 with four runs and three RBI. Butler did a bunch of damage with the bat as well, going 4-for-5 at the plate with two home runs and five RBI.

Both teams next scheduled games are on Wednesday in single 9-inning affairs. UR hosts St. John Fisher, while St. Lawrence is scheduled to play SUNY Canton at home.

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