Baseball Sweeps Yeshiva to Open 2014 Season

HOBOKEN, N.J. (February 23, 2014) – The Stevens Institute of Technology baseball team took a pair of CUNYAC games against Yeshiva University at Dobbelaar Field on Sunday to start the 2014 campaign with a 2-0 record. In Game Two, Stevens combined to throw a no-hitter between five pitchers.

Game One: Stevens 10, Yeshiva 1

Yeshiva got on the board first in Game One on a solo homerun from lead-off hitter Jake Frankel off Stevens starting pitcher Peirce Marston (Silver Spring, Md.).

Marston threw two innings and allowed just that solo homerun with three strikeouts.

Senior Curt Lowenstein (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) reach base in the bottom of the first on a hit by pitch and then stole second, but was stranded after the next three Ducks flew out in the first offensive inning for the Ducks.

In the six-run bottom of the second, junior Ryan Mannello (Staten Island, N.Y.) stroked the team's first hit of the season with a double off the rightfield wall and came home to score on a two-run homerun from junior Brian Hennelly (Holbrook, N.Y.). Sophomore Nicholas Sieber (Shrewsbury, Mass.) belted the third consecutive extra base hit of the inning with a double down the line and moved up to third on a ground out by junior Marc Calleo (Bayville, N.J.). Sieber was pushed home on a single up the middle from sophomore Jonathan Toro (Sanford, Fla.) to give the Ducks a 3-1 lead with one out. After Toro advanced to third on a throwing error, he came home on another infield error. The Ducks scored twice more on an RBI single from senior Dan Allen (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) and a ground out from freshman Zeph Walters (Diamond Bar, Calif.) that allowed sophomore Jayson Yano (Foothill Ranch, Calif.) to score from second.

Stevens scored two more runs on a stolen base and throwing error that allowed Lowenstein to score and then Allen crossed the plate on a double from freshman Zeph Walters (Diamond Bar, Calif.).

In the bottom of the fifth, freshman Michael Yorita (Irvine, Calif.) and Calleo each singled to center to begin the inning. Yorita scored on a ground out by Toro and then freshman pinch runner Harrison Kaye (North Brunswick, N.J) came home on a single by freshman Nolan Bennett (Chatsworth, Calif.).

Junior Gary Boardman (Staten Island, N.Y.) tossed a perfect third inning of relief with two strikeouts to earn the Opening Day Game One victory. Sophomore Ryan Patterson (Staten Island, N.Y.) was next
out of the bullpen and tossed a scoreless fourth with on punch out. Allen fanned two batted in the fifth, while freshman Bret Viola (Carmel, N.Y.) struck out the side in the sixth. Sophomore Robert Robbins (Tallahassee, Fla.) tossed the seventh inning and recorded two punch outs.

Game Two: Steven 13, Yeshiva 0

Yano picked up the win in three innings pitched with five strikeouts. Sophomore Daniel McIntyre (Lakeway, Texas), senior Mark Poinsett (Ocean Gate, N.J.), Walters and sophomore Greg Jakusik (The Woodlands, Texas) tossed four perfect innings in relief with a combined nine punch outs to complete the no-hitter. Walters and Jakusik each struck out the side in their single inning out of the bull pen.

The Ducks struck first on a sacrifice fly from Allen that plated Sieber in their opening frame.

Sieber staked Stevens to a 2-0 lead with a solo shot to right-centerfield in the bottom of the third and then Mannello drove in Allen with a single off the log of Yeshiva's pitcher. Sophomore Tyler Bush (Bristol, Conn.) put the Ducks ahead, 4-0, on a base hit to left that brought Mannello into score to cap off the inning.

Eight more runs crossed the plate for Stevens in the bottom of the fourth to put Game Two out of reach, 12-0. The Ducks pounded out seven hits in the frame, highlighted by an RBI triple from freshman Michael Mule' (Boca Raton, Fla.).

The Ducks tacked on one more in the sixth on an RBI fielder's choice from Kaye that scored freshman Nick Muglia (South Plainfield, N.J.).

Stevens plays against at No. 22/30 Rowan University on March 1 at 1 p.m. for its next game.

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