Hempstead, NY - Hofstra scored four times in the sixth inning to snap a 6-6 tie and went on to a 14-6 win over LIU Brooklyn Wednesday afternoon at University Field. The Pride came back from a four-run deficit to tie the score at six in the fifth.
The win boosted Hofstra’s record to 21-21 on the year. Since starting the season 3-11, Hofstra is 18-10 in its last 28 games. LIU Brooklyn saw its four-game winning streak snapped and fell to 14-23.
The Blackbirds jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings, scoring twice in each of the frames. John Ziznewski had an RBI triple in the first and then scored on a ground out from Kevin Needham. In the second, Chris Untereiner led off with a double, moved to third on a fly out and scored on Tommy Jakubowski’s infield single. Two batters later Pete Leonello tripled to the fence in center to knock in Jakubowski with LIU’s fourth run of the game.
The Pride cut the deficit in half in the third as Taylor Stuart doubled home TJ Ehrsam and Austin Nyman to make it a 4-2 ballgame. Ehrsam had reached on a fielder’s choice and Nyman followed with a single.
But LIU Brooklyn scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to retake a four-run advantage. In the fourth, Evan Emerich doubled home Jakubowski, who had reached on a fielder’s choice. In the fifth, Needham homered to right field.
Hofstra rallied for four runs in the fifth to tie the score at six. Nyman walked on four pitches to start the inning and Kevin Brantley was hit by a pitch from LIU starter Tyler Bender. With a pair of left-handed hitters due up, LIU Brooklyn brought in lefty reliever Chance Fugilstahler. Stuart greeted him with a bunt single to load the bases and Kenny Jackson then walked to force in a run. That prompted another pitching change as Tito Marrero came in to face Jared Hammer. Marrero uncorked a wild pitch on his second offering, allowing Brantley to score and Stuart and Jackson to move up a base. Hammer knocked home the third run of the inning with a ground out and Matt Reistetter tied the game with a single up the middle.
Nyman started the game-winning rally in the sixth with a single up the middle. He then stole second, his team-best 23rd of the year, and went to third on a ground out. With the infield in, Stuart hit a ball right at Ziznewski that was misplayed for an error. That allowed Nyman to score the go-ahead run. A single by Jackson moved Stuart to second and Hammer followed with a single to right that got past Mike Garcia for a two-base error and let two runs score. Reistetter then added another RBI single to give Hofstra a 10-6 advantage.
The Pride would tack on four more runs in the seventh with Nyman scoring on a Stuart single. Brantley, who was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game, would score on an LIU miscue in a rundown play, while Hammer would plate Stuart with a single and Reistetter would cap the scoring with a sacrifice fly.
The Pride pounded out 15 hits on the afternoon with Stuart and Nyman collecting three each. Jackson, Hammer and Reistetter each had two hits. Stuart would add four RBIs and three runs on the day, and Nyman would score four runs. Hammer and Reistetter both drove in three runs.
John Tiedemann picked up the win in relief, going 1 2/3 innings. He allowed two hits and struck out three to improve to 1-5 on the year. Marrero (1-2) took the loss after allowing six hits and four runs (one earned) in two innings.
Leonello had four hits on the day for the Blackbirds.
The Pride is back in action Thursday afternoon against Molloy College. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m.