|Kyle Shepard had
two hits on the day and an RBI while earning his first career|
win on the mound for the Skyhawks in their 4-3 win
Skyhawks Sweep a Pair From Purple Knights
Easton, Mass. - Stonehill fought back from deficits in each game and got good relief pitching and timely hitting as they swept a pair from the Purple Knights 6-4, and 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at Lou Gorman Field.
The Skyhawks improve to 20-14 with the sweep, while the losses dropped St. Michael's to 11-13. Relief pitching was the story for Stonehill as Alex McCormick (Weymouth, Mass.), Kyle Shepard (Boxford, Mass.) and Michael White (Lisbon, N.H.) combined to pitched six innings of relief over the two games, allowing just one run on six hits while striking our eight. The offense was led by Scott Hackett (Bangor, Maine) who was 3-4 on the day with 2 RBI and a run scored at the two spot.
In game one, St. Michael's opened with a run in the top of the first but the Skyhawks countered in the bottom of the inning as Hackett doubled and then scored on a single by Ryan Healy (Lynn, Mass.).
The Purple Knights struck again two innings later, as the first two runners of the inning reached and then scored, giving them a 3-1 advantage. A Stonehill run in the bottom of the frame cut the deficit to 3-2.
The Skyhawks took back the lead in the bottom of the fourth on a two run double by Hackett and then added to their lead an inning later on a two run double by White that scored Healey and Angelo Bruno (Norwalk, Conn.).
St. Michael's put up a run in the top of the seventh to get within two, but McCormick came in and shut down the Purple Knights over the final two innings, allowing one hit with two strikeouts. McCormick got the save as Shane Penzone (Hudson, Mass.) earned his second win of the season.
In the second game of the twin-bill it was Stonehill who opened the scoring, as Healey walked to open the bottom of the second and eventually came around to score.
St. Michael's came back to take the lead in the top of the third, getting two runs on three hits. In the bottom of the frame, the Skyhawks tied it up as Davis walked and moved to third on a Hackett single before a sacrifice fly by Nate Weber (Hanover, Mass.) evened the score at two.
Shepard helped his own cause in the bottom of the fifth, driving in Thomas Marino (Garden City, N.Y.) with a single up the middle. An inning later White added some insurance with a sacrifice fly which scored Bruno from third for the 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, Shepard ran into trouble. The two of the first three runners of the inning reached and a single by Matt Beaulieu cut the Stonehill lead to one. Shepard walked the next batter to load the bases before being relieved by White.
White struck out the next batter on a full count before getting Chad Eastey to fly out to center to end the game. Shepard earned his first win with the victory, while White was credited with the save.