BRONX, N.Y. — Entering the game as winners of three of their last four, the St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) baseball team (14-17-1) took down Lehman College (9-22) for their third-straight victory behind a 3-for-5 night with six RBI, a home run, and a double from junior outfielder Kevin Reyes (Bronx, N.Y./AECI).
How It Happened
Catcher Michael Ryan (Franklin Square, N.Y./Holy Trinity) led off the game with a single to right, stole second, and was driven home on a base knock from Reyes for the game's first run as the Bears held a 1-0 advantage after the first.
Junior William DeLuca (Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream Central) launched a solo homer to center in the second and Reyes hit a two-run double in the third extending the Bears' lead, while senior righty Matthew Rienzi (Maspeth, N.Y./Xavier) hurled the first three innings for SJC allowing just two hits with no runs, no walks, and a strikeout.
Rookie outfielder Chris Zinser (Brooklyn, N.Y./St. Edmund Prep) singled and later stole home in the fourth and Lehman remained scoreless as St. Joseph's sat ahead 5-0 entering the fifth. A tough defensive inning for the Lightning gave the Bears four scores in the sixth on two walks, two errors, a hit batter, and bunt single to break the game open leading 9-0 after five and a half.
Lehman got in the scoring column after a pair of walks and a fielder's choice scoring Michael Zerbo, and they tacked on another run in the eighth, but they couldn't close the gap as SJC picked up an 11-2 triumph moving their record to 4-0 against the CUNYAC this season.
For the Bears
- Ryan finished 3-for-5 scoring three times with a stolen base in the leadoff spot and Adam Schwartz (Staten Island, N.Y./Susan E. Wagner) went 3-for-6 with a run and a steal batting second.
- Freshman Louis Lombardi (Brooklyn, N.Y./St. Edmund Prep) earned his first collegiate victory in relief going four innings with one hit, one run, two walks, and five strikeouts.
- Deluca (2 RBI, HR, R) and Matthew Trudden (Broad Channel, N.Y./Christ the King) each had two hits while Zinser stole two bases and scored twice.
- Vincent Juliano (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) fired two innings on the mound giving up one hit, no earned runs, and two walks with a strikeout.
Next Up for the Bears
Their second game in as many days with another non-conference tilt at home against John Jay College tomorrow (Apr. 24). First pitch from Calvert Vaux Park is scheduled for 4 p.m. and live stats and video will be available at SJCBears.com.