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.