Hempstead, NY - Six Hofstra pitchers, led by starter David D'Errico, combined to limit Molloy to one run on five hits and five Pride players recorded multiple hits in a 9-1 victory Thursday afternoon.
Hofstra improved to 22-21 on the season, cracking the .500 mark for the first time and extended its winning streak to four games. Molloy saw a four-game win streak halted and fell to 19-21.
D’Errico went five innings for the Pride, allowing two hits while striking out two. The junior improved to 3-2 on the season with the win. Graham Tebbit followed with a scoreless sixth, while Dave Jesch and John Tiedemann combined to pitch a scoreless seventh. Jesch went 2/3 of an inning, walking two and striking out two. Tiedemann came on and got the last out of the inning with a strikeout. Gregg Lettini threw the eighth and allowed the Lions’ only run on an Erik Pyle infield single that scored Greg Walsh, who was hit by a pitch. Brett Schreiber finished the game, allowing one hit with two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth.
The Hofstra offense put up seven runs in the first four innings, scoring single runs in the first and second frames, two runs in the third and three in the fourth. Jared Hammer, who went 2-5 with three RBIs, knocked in a run in the first with a ground out and then added a two-run double in the fourth. Kenny Jackson also had a big day at the plate, going 2-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. He had RBI singles in both the third and fourth innings.
Chris Nardo also drove in a run with a ground out in the seventh and finished with two hits on the day. Kevin Brantley added a pair of hits, as did Joe Perez. Taylor Stuart had a hit and three runs scored on the day as well. Hofstra stole seven bases in the game, including two steals of home (one by Perez and one by Jackson).
Shea Spitzbarth (3-3) started for Molloy and took the loss after allowing two runs on three hits in two innings.
Hofstra will have a rare weekend off before returning to action Tuesday afternoon when it hosts Rutgers at 3 p.m.