Dutchmen splits weekend series


By Terence Finnigan

In the first home stand of the 2011 season, the Dutchmen split the four game series between St. Lawrence University.

On Saturday they began the doubleheader with a 4-2 victory. Freshman pitcher Dane O’Neil commanded the mound for all seven innings tallying up five strikeouts and allowing only eight hits in his first career win as a Dutchmen.

The Dutchmen took the lead for good in the fifth inning of this game. Trailing 2-1 after four innings, the Dutchmen’s bats came alive with a big three-run inning. The inning started with a single to right field by sophomore Dylan Katz-Wicks. Sophomore Tyler Heck then drove in Katz-Wick with a double to center field, which was followed with a single by senior Dane Flavin, knocking in the go-ahead run to make the score 3-2 in the Dutchmen’s favor. Freshman David Peretti drove in another run which gave Union a 4-2 lead. Union would then drop the second game of the doubleheader 17-2.

On Sunday the Dutchmen would again split the doubleheader with St. Lawrence, winning game one with a commanding 6-1 victory before dropping the second 12-10. Freshman pitcher Andrew Beaule had a big game for the Dutchmen in game one, throwing an impressive one-hitter. The victory was Beaule’s first as a Dutchmen.

“I just felt on today and my defense was a tremendous help,” said Beaule. “The coaching staff did a great job recruiting a solid freshman class to contribute to an already talented team. I believe we absolutely have the potential to win the Liberty League.”

St. Lawrence got out to an early 1-0 lead before Union answered back with a big three-run fifth inning. The inning started out with a leadoff single by freshman third baseman Joe Bradlee. Katz-Wicks and Flavin would then load the bases after drawing walks. Bradlee then scored the Dutchmen’s first run after a passed ball, and Katz-Wicks quickly scored the second after reaching home on a wild pitch.

The third run of the inning would come courtesy of a sacrifice fly by freshman Fernando Gomez. The Dutchmen had another big inning in the sixth, putting up three more runs for a score of 6-1, which was held for the rest of the game.

The Union Dutchmen will play Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vermont at 4 p.m. today.


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