Hempstead, NY - Brian MacDonald's grand slam capped off a six-run third inning and propelled Hofstra to an 11-4 win over Fordham at University Field Wednesday afternoon. The game marked Hofstra's home opener.
The Pride pulled within one game of .500 on the season at 7-8 while Fordham slipped to 7-9 on the year.
Things did not start out that well for the Pride and MacDonald. The junior started the game on the mound and gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits over two innings and left on the short end of a 3-0 score.
But things turned around in the bottom of the third as the Pride loaded the bases on consecutive singles from David Leiderman, Mike Friel and TJ Ehrsam. Following a strikeout, Fordham starter Kirk Haynes hit Kenny Jackson with a pitch to force in one run and then walked Matt Ford to make it a 3-2 game. That brought up MacDonald, who remained in the game as the designated hitter in the cleanup spot. He took the first offering from Haynes and deposited it over the fence in left center to make it a 6-3 game in favor of the Pride. The grand slam was the second of the year for MacDonald, who also connected on one at Incarnate Word on March 7.
Graham Tebbit (1-0), who relieved MacDonald, went a career-long five innings and did not allow a run to earn his first Hofstra win. The senior allowed four hits and struck out a career-high seven batters.
The Pride would score a run in the sixth on an error and then add two more runs in the seventh on a Friel double and two more in the eighth with Friel once again knocking in one run.
Friel finished the day 3-5 with three RBIs for the Pride, which had 11 hits on the afternoon. Leiderman had two hits and two runs scored, while Brad Witkowski had two hits including a double and a run scored.
Matthew Cianci, Tim Swatek and Brendan Maghini each had two hits for the Rams.
The Pride is off until next Tuesday when they host St. John's at 3 p.m.