Green Terror sweeps Endicott to get fourth win on Florida trip
AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Sergio Nieto (Mameroneck, N.Y./Rye Neck) went 3-for-3 with three RBIs in the opener to lead McDaniel to a sweep of Endicott at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational in non-conference baseball action on Thursday.
The Green Terror (4-3) took the opener 4-3 on the power of Nieto’s three-run home run in the first inning before staving off a rally by the Gulls (3-4) in game two to win, 8-7.
Brandon Kline (Myersville, Md./Middletown) led off the bottom of the first in game one with a single before Andrew Worm (Easton, Md./Easton) was hit by a pitch to put two runners on.
A Russell Coover (Schuylkill Haven, Pa./Blue Mountain) fielder’s choice erased Worm before Nieto belted his third home run of the season for a 3-0 lead.
A Coover RBI double in the third plated Worm to stretch the lead to 4-0 before a sixth-inning rally from Endicott.
With one out, Chris Dominguez and Andrew Betts put together back-to-back singles before both scored on a Colin Sitarz double.
A Mike Russo single plated Sitarz before Danny Snight (Silver Spring, Md./St. John’s College), who went the distance for his second win of the year, got a strikeout – one of his six on the day – and flyout to get preserve the lead.
In the nightcap, the Green Terror once again struck quickly.
Three walks around a strikeout followed by a hit batsman gave McDaniel a 1-0 lead with the bases loaded.
Chris Longo (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury) followed with the Green Terror’s first grand slam since Coover went yard with the bases loaded at Swarthmore on Apr. 12, 2008.
A Patrick Christopher (Union Bridge, N.J./St. John Vianney) and Kline RBI single stretched the lead to 6-0 before the Gulls batted.
Kline was hit by a pitch in the third before stealing second and third and scoring on a passed ball to stretch the lead to 7-0.
A Raplh Fidaleo two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth cut the deficit to 7-2 but a Kline double in the fifth plated Christopher for an 8-2 edge.
A pair of errors in the fifth coupled with four hits and two sacrifice flies led to five unearned runs before Tyler Oakes (Oak Ridge, N.J./Jefferson Twp.) caught the 10th Endicott batter of the frame looking to preserve the lead.
Gio Fricchione (New Tripoli, Pa./Northwestern) sat down six of the seven batters he faced in the final two innings for his first save.
McDaniel concludes its seven-game Florida trip against UMass-Boston on Friday. Game time is 12:30 p.m.
Score by Inning – Game
Endicott (3-3) 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 - 3 7 1
McDaniel (3-3) 3 0 1 0 0 0 x - 4 7 1
Kevin Dupras and Chris Dominguez; Danny Snight and Ray Hart. WP: Snight (2-1). LP: Dupras. S: none. SO-BB: Dupras 2-1; Snight 6-0. 2B: Colin Sitarz (E). 3B: Sergio Nieto (M). HR: Sergio Nieto (M).
Score by Inning – Game
McDaniel (4-3) 6 0 1 0 1 0 0 - 8 6 2
Endicott (3-4) 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 - 7 11 3
Tyler Oakes, Gio Fricchione (6) and Chris Longo; Mike Griffin and Joe Klein. WP: Oakes (1-0). LP: Griffin. S: Fricchione (1). SO-BB: Oakes 3-1, Fricchione 2-0; Griffin 8-5. 2B: Brandon Kline (M), Patrick Christopher 2 (M). HR: Ralph Gidaleo (E). GS: Longo (M).