Waltham, Mass. -- April 30, 2011 -- The Springfield College baseball team scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning, all with two outs, to stage a big comeback and defeat homestanding Brandeis, 11-8, in the first game of a doubleheader in Waltham this afternoon. The Judges came back to win the second game, 4-0.
Mike Corletta hit a two-run home-run in that seventh inning to complete the comeback. Lou Nucci hit a two-run double immediately preceding the home run.
Freshman Travis Lane pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief to pick up the win. He is now 2-2 on the season.
With the split, Springfield is now 11-22 overall, while Brandeis becomes 24-15.
Game #1 -- Spingfield 11, Brandeis 8
The Pride got their first run in the top of the second. With runners on first and second, junior Karl Quist (New Preston, Conn.) singled up the middle to bring in senior Michael Micik (Greenwich, Conn.).
The Judges responded with four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Senior 1B Eric Rosenberg (Oakland, N.J.) led off the frame with a home run to deep right field. Junior catcher Kenny Destremps (Mashpee, Mass.) followed up with a single and a stolen base before advancing to third on a single from junior 2B Sean O'Hare (Southampton, Mass.). Rookie SS Dom Schwartz doubled to left centerfield to plate Destremps, giving Brandeis a 2-1 lead. Senior CF Tony Deshler (Pepperell, Mass.) doubled down the right field line, sending O'Hare home. Senior DH Pat Nicholson (Walpole, Mass.) hit the Judges' third two-bagger of the inning to bring in a run and put Brandeis up 4-1.
Springfield knotted the score in the third. With two runners on base, senior CF John Schmaltz (Cromwell, Conn.) struck a 3 RBI homer to right centerfield to tie the game 4-4.
Springfield broke the tie in the top of the sixth. Quist doubled to right center and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt from senior Mike Robilotto (East Meadow, N.Y.). Junior Mike Corletta (Westtown, N.Y.) hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, to put the Pride ahead, 5-4.
Brandeis answered back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth. With Deshler on first, sophomore RF Nick Cortese (Guaynabo, P.R.) hit a two-run blast to right to give the Judges back the lead. It was the first home run of his career. With two on, Destremps hit an RBI double to centerfield to put the Brandeis up 7-5 going into the final inning.
Brandeis managed three hits in the bottom of the seventh and an RBI single from Nicholson that left the bases loaded, but the Pride induced a game-ending double play to finish with an 11-8 score.
Brandeis senior John McGrath (New York, N.Y.) was unable to convert his eighth win of the season, picking up a no decision after six innings of nine-hit ball. He allowed six earned runs and struck out four without issuing a walk, though he struck out three batters. Senior Mark Grant (Danbury, Conn.) went 5.2 innings and gave up 15 hits and seven runs in the start for the Pride, but reliever Travis Lane (Canton, Conn.) got the win giving up three hits and one earned run in 1.1 innings of work.
Quist paced the Pride with four hits on the day, going 3-for-4 with to RBI and two runs scored in the opener. Schmaltz and Corletta both finished with three RBI for Springfield, a team-high.
Game #2 -- Brandeis 4, Springfield 0
Brandeis senior Pat Nicholson (E. Walpole, Mass./Walpole) tossed a complete-game five-hit shutout in the second game of the doubleheader.
In addition to his seven innings of five-hit ball, Nicholson struck out two and walked one. He retired the first six Pride batters of the game and nine of the first 10. Nicholson improved to 3-1 on the hill and lowered his ERA to 3.18 on the season.
Nicholson was also at the plate when three of the squad's four runs were scored, plating one in the first on a double play ball. In the fifth, after a single by rookie SS Dom Schwartz (San Francisco, Calif.) and a pair of sacrifice bunts, the first of which senior CF Tony Deshler reached on an error, Nicholson came up with runners on second and third. A wild pitch as he tried a squeeze play made the score, 2-0, and he produced an RBI on a single through the left side.
Brandeis tacked on an insurance run in the sixth on an RBI double by rookie 3B Brian Ing (Sandwich, Mass.).
Quist paced the Pride with four hits on the day, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in the opener. Schmaltz and Corletta both finished with three RBI for Springfield, a team-high.
SC will have one more game to play Monday at Williams at 3:30 pm