Bronx, NY - The Pride bullpen contributed six innings of one-hit, no-run ball and Hofstra scored four runs in the top of the eighth to snap a 1-1 tie en route to a 5-1 win over Fordham at Houlihan Field Wednesday evening.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Pride, who improved to 5-14 on the season. Fordham fell to 10-8 with the loss.
The Rams opened the scoring with a run in the second, loading the bases on a two singles and a hit batsman before Joseph Runco drove in Ian Edmiston with a groundout to third base.
The Pride finally broke through on the scoreboard in the sixth as Taylor Stuart led off with a single and stole second. The senior outfielder would move to third on a throw to first on a dropped third strike and then scored on TJ Ehrsam’s groundout to second base.
Hofstra’s winning rally in the eighth started with a single from Brent Hall. A walk to Stuart followed and following an out, Ehrsam drew a walk to load the bases. Austin Nyman then reached on an error that scored Hall with the go-ahead run. A fielder’s choice grounder from Kenny Jackson was misplayed allowing two more runs to score. Nyman would cross the plate with the fourth run of the inning on a passed ball.
Pride starter Michael Isom made his Hofstra debut and pitched three innings. He allowed three hits, one run and two walks with four strikeouts. Chris Harkey (two innings) came on to start the fourth and allowed a leadoff single. That would be the last hit for the Rams in the game. They did get one more base runner in the fifth on an error. John Schilt, Andrew Barbarino, Bryan Verbitsky and Brett Schreiber then followed with perfect innings to close out the game. Barbarino was the pitcher of record and improved to 1-0 on the season. Verbitsky struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth and hovered between 90 and 96 on the radar gun.
Hall and Matt Reistetter both had two hits to pace the Pride offense, which managed seven hits on the day.
J.C. Porter (1-1) took the loss for Fordham, allowing five hits and three runs in seven innings. Joseph DeVito had two of the Rams’ four hits.
Hofstra returns to action this weekend with a non-conference series at Rhode Island.