San Antonio, TX - Senior Matt Ford’s two-run home run in the top of the 12th inning lifted Hofstra past Incarnate Word, 4-2, in game two of a doubleheader and gave the Pride a twinbill sweep. Hofstra won game one, 9-3.
The Pride evened their record at 5-5 with the sweep. The Cardinals fell to 4-11 on the season.
Hofstra had taken a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning of the nightcap as senior Dalton Rouleau’s triple scored junior Eric Ferguson to snap the 1-1 tie. But the Cardinals tied the score in the bottom of the ninth, putting runners on the corners before a fielder’s choice groundout tied the game and forced extra innings.
In the top of the 12th, senior TJ Ehrsam led off with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice by Ferguson. Following a fly out, Ford delivered the two-out, two-run home run that proved to be the game-winner. The home run was his first of the season.
Brett Schreiber (1-0) picked up the win, scattering seven hits over five innings. He allowed one run and struck out one. Pride starter Dave Jesch allowed just three hits and one run over seven frames, striking out six.
Matthew Decker took the loss for UIW, allowing two runs on one hit in his lone inning of work.
In the opener, junior Brian MacDonald’s grand slam in the third inning gave the Pride a 4-2 lead and Hofstra would add two more runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a commanding lead in a 9-3 victory.
The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the second inning as Mark Whitehead delivered a two-run single off Pride starter Nick Kozlowski. But in the third redshirt freshman David Leiderman started the rally with a leadoff single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt from Ehrsam. A walk to Ferguson and a single by Rouleau loaded the bases. After UIW Brandon Cogbill recorded the second out via strikeout, MacDonald strode to the plate and cleared the bases with a blast over the fence in left center. The home run was his first of the year and the grand slam was Hofstra’s first since April 21, 2012 (Kevin Flynn).
The run support was more than enough for Kozlowski, who settled down after the second and allowed just one more hit over the next four innings. Kozlowski improved to 2-1 after allowing five hits over six innings with five strikeouts. Freshman Kieran Ryan allowed one run in the seventh inning.
Cogbill (0-1) took the loss after allowing six runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings.
The teams conclude the series Saturday afternoon at 11 a.m. (CST).