Hempstead, NY - Hofstra's bullpen threw eight innings of one-hit, no-run ball over two games as the Pride swept a Colonial Athletic Association doubleheader from Old Dominion, 8-4 and 5-1, Saturday afternoon at University Field.
The sweep improved Hofstra's record to 17-19 overall and 6-8 in the CAA. Old Dominion fell to 17-16, 7-10 in league play.
After starter Joe Burg exited after four innings in game two, with the score tied 1-1, Nick Kozlowski threw two scoreless frames, Andrew Barbarino followed with one and Brett Schreiber closed the door with two perfect innings.
Hofstra snapped the tie in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Brent Hall and then added three more runs in the eighth. Robbie Cafiero doubled home Austin Nyman, who had singled and stole second, and Kenny Jackson delivered his fifth home run of the year, a two-run shot to right to close out the scoring.
Joe Perez had two doubles in the game and drove home Hofstra's first run. Kozlowski picked up the win to improve to 2-0, while Schreiber notched his team-high fifth save of the year.
Andy Roberts took the loss for Old Dominion, falling to 2-3. Roberts allowed six hits and four runs over 7 2/3 innings. Josh Eldridge knocked in ODU's only run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning.
In the opener, Hofstra scored three times in the seventh to take a 6-4 lead and Bryan Verbitsky threw three innings of one-hit relief with four strikeouts as Hofstra posted an 8-4 win.
Pride starter David D'Errico went six innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. Having left the game on the short side of the decision, his offense bailed him out with three runs in the seventh as Nyman led off with a bunt single. Kevin Brantley tried to move him over with a sacrifice bunt, but thanks to an error by the pitcher, both runners were safe. Cafiero followed with a sacrifice that put two runners in scoring position and Jackson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jared Hammer drove in a run with a ground out before Matt Reistetter drove in his team-high 28th runs of the year with a two-run single to put the Pride up by two.
Hofstra would tack on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth on a two-run double down the left field line.
Reistetter would finish with three hits in game one, including a double, while Nyman had two hits in the opener as well. Taylor Stuart also contributed two hits and a run scored in the win.
Verbitsky improved to 1-2 on the year. Jake Josephs (3-3) took the loss for ODU, allowing three runs (none earned) in 2/3 of an inning.
Eldridge and Ben Slaton each had a pair of hits and runs scored for the Monarchs in game one.
Prior to game one, former Pride All-American Greg Polli threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Polli was inducted to the Hofstra Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday evening.
The series concludes Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. as Hofstra will look to complete the sweep.