Baseball’s roug road trip leaves them at 7-17

James Evans

In a road trip that the baseball team would most like to forget, the Wildcats dropped three out of four to Virginia Tech and Boston College.

In the second half of the trip, the ‘Cats took on Big East powerhouse Virginia Tech. With a record of 20-8 overall and 6-1 in the Big East, the Hokies appeared to be ovearly matched against the ‘Cats.

In game one of the doubleheader the ‘Cat’s bats were put to sleep by the stellar pitching performance by Ryan Kennedy. Kennedy pitched six and two thirds, while shutting out the ‘Cats. In addition, only allowing two hits and three walks and striking out four.

‘Nova tried to rally in the top of the seventh, as they put runners on first and second and by doing so knocked out Kennedy. However, Matt Dalton came and on a 2-2 count got pinch-hitter Alan Day to ground out to end the game with Virginia Tech on top,4-0.

Wyatt Toregas was the offensive hero for the Hokies as he went two for three, with a double and two RBI’s.

Following the loss,’Nova came back in the second game by jumping on the board first as Mitch Mitchell and Brian Trotta came through with RBI’s singles, to give the ‘Cats a 2-0 lead. With the game tied at two in the sixth the ‘Cats once again came through, when Ryan Crammar and Greg Fater both knocked in a run each, with RBI singles.

However, once again the Hokies were able to tie it up and going into the top of the seventh inning the game was tied at four. Mitchell responded though, with another RBI on a sacrifice fly to regain the led for the 5-4. The ‘Cats eventually lost the lead in the eighth inning and the Hokies were able to go on to win 7-5.Senior Tom Kandybowicz came through with clutch pitching as he went seven and a third, allowing only four runs.

Last Thursday the ‘Cats traveled to Beantown to take on Boston College in a doubleheader. The first game of the tilt was a pitching duel, between ‘Nova’s Adrian Schau and Boston College’s Chris Lambert. Schau got the better of Lambert though, as the ‘Nova went on to capture a 3-1 victory. Schau went a solid five innings in the victory, only allowing one run on three hits and striking out six. Schau’s counterpart Lambert pitched the entire game, going seven while only allowing three runs, two earned.

Schau started to struggle in the fifth, allowing the first two hitters to get on. Mike Ciccotelli then came on in relief and struck down the Eagles rally, by retiring the heart of the Eagles line-up. The offense was lead by Danny Poydenis who went two for three, with a double and a RBI.

In the second game the ‘Cats were not able to stretch the winning streak to two, as the Eagles won 6-4. In the first inning, ‘Cats Nick Allen was roughed up, as the Eagles were able to put three on the board.

‘Nova cut the Eagles lead to one in the third as Brian Newbold and Schau cam through with RBIs. However, ‘Cats reliever Dan Farino was not able to keep the game close as he surrender homers to Josh DiScipio and Matt Lederhos.

The ‘Cats tried to rally by scoring two runs in eighth to cut the led to 6-4, but Eagles Ryan Morgan came into the game in the ninth to shut the door on a ‘Nova, by retiring the ‘Cats in order.

The ‘Cats will travel to Pittsburgh this weekend to take on the Panthers in a three game series.