AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Becker College baseball team ended their Florida trip with a 4-4 tie against the Mount St. Joseph Lions due to a time restraint, after they dropped game one 12-11 in Thursday RussMatt Invitational play.
March 12, 2020
Lake Myrtle #5
Records: Becker (2-9-1) | Mount St. Joseph (4-6-1)
GAME ONE: Mount St. Joseph 12, Becker 11
Mount St. Joseph won the game on a walk-off in the bottom of the seventh as they scored their third and game-winning run on a hit to left center from Jose Bustamante (Austell, Ga.). The team scored the three runs on five back-to-back singles.
Each team poured in the runs in the first inning, as Becker put up seven on seven hits and a double from Noah Rivera (New Bedford, Mass.), and then the Lions scored six on four hits, including homers from Bustamante and Dalton Durbin (Brookville, Ind.).
Becker scored two runs in the top of the second on a two-run shot from Bryan Mendez (Ocala, Fla.), and then the Lions tied the score at 9-9 in the bottom of the second on two RBI groundouts and a single from Ian Mustard (Kings Mills, Ohio).
The Hawks scored one in the third and one in the fourth to take the 11-9 advantage. Coby Hussey (Claremont, N.H.) plated the run in the third on a double to right center, while Jose Martinez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) scored on a wild pitch in the fourth.
It wasn't until the bottom of the seventh that Mount St. Joseph won the game with the three-run rally.
- Mendez batted 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBI in game one.
- Kevin Santiago (New Bedford, Mass.), Rivera, and McMahon each had two hits.
- Rivera, Mendez, and Corey Shea (West Boylston, Mass.) each had a double and a stolen base in the setback.
- Jacob Asdot (Jacksonville, Fla.) started on the mound for the Hawks, and threw four innings, allowing nine runs (one unearned) on eight hits. He walked three and struck out three.
- Tevon Johnson (New Bedford, Mass.) pitched in relief, and allowed three runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings pitched. He was tabbed with the loss.
- Mount St. Joseph's Aidan Post (Fairfield, Ohio) earned the win on the mound in three innings pitched. He allowed no runs on one hit.
- Garrett Hogan (Hamilton, Ohio) and Bustamante each batted 3-for-4. Roman Rothwell (Monroe, Ohio) led the team with five RBI.
GAME TWO: Becker 4, Mount St. Joseph 4
The Hawks opened the scoring in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by McMahon, giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
Becker tacked on two more runs in the third inning starting with an RBI double to left-center field by junior Hussey to take a 2-0 lead. In the next at-bat, Hussey advanced to third and eventually scored on two wild pitches by Lions freshman Will Meade (Mason, Ohio) to give the Hawks a 3-0 advantage.
In the top of the fourth, Mt. St. Joseph broke up the shutout with the help of three consecutive singles to begin the inning, the last of which produced an RBI by sophomore Tyrell Anderson (Cincinnati, Ohio) to trail 3-1.
The Lions added one more run in the fourth on an RBI groundout Mustard to cut the deficit to 3-2.
In the bottom of the fifth, a groundout by senior Ben Mazzone (Bristol, Conn.) scored Hussey to put Becker up 4-2.
The Lions tied the game in the sixth with back-to-back hits into left-center field. With one out and a runner on first, Anderson doubled, scoring the runner from first, as the Lions now trailed 4-3. Durbin then singled to left-center, scoring Anderson to tie the game 4-4.
After a scoreless top of the seventh, the Hawks had a chance to walk off with the victory, loading the bases with one out. But a strikeout looking and pop up to first base ended the scoring threat as the game was called a tie.
The tie is the first in 11 seasons for the Hawks as a 0-0 game on April 1, 2009 against Lyndon State was also declared a tie. The Lions last tied on Feb. 28, 2014; a 2-2 draw against Alice Lloyd College.
- McMahon finished 3-for-3 in the second game, all singles, with an RBI.
- Rivera went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
- Hussey batted 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
- Johnson went four innings while senior Jack Snyder (Shrewsbury, Mass.) pitched three innings. The two combined for four runs, all earned, on nine hits.
- Anderson finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored for the Lions.
- Senior Rothwell batted 2-for-4 including a triple in the first.
- Meade pitched four innings, allowing four runs on five hits. Junior Oakley Billingsley (Westport Ind.) and junior Cody Bailey (Marrow, Ohio) combined for the final three innings, holding the Hawks scoreless on just one hit.
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