Old Westbury, NY - Hofstra scored 11 runs over the final two innings to break open a 2-1 game and posted a 13-1 victory over NYIT Thursday afternoon at Lorenzo Field.
Hofstra improved to 14-13 on the year with the win, its second over NYIT this season. The Bears fell to 1-30 on the season.
Robbie Cafiero, who had a wak-off home run in the first game against the Bears, went 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in the game, while Eric Ferguson went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Brian MacDonald lined three hits and scored two runs. Cafiero, MacDonald, David Leiderman and Ryan Donovan each scored two runs as Hofstra pounded out 16 hits.
Five Hofstra pitchers combined on a five-hitter with John Schilt (1-0) earning his first victory since 2012 by striking out three in two innings. Kevin Weissheler threw two scoreless innings and Kieran Ryan and Cody Normand each contributed a scoreless frame to close the contest.
The Pride turned a 2-1 low-scoring affair into a comfortable lead in the eighth by scoring five runs on six hits. James DeNomme started the one-out rally with a single to left and Cafiero’s double put two runners in scoring position.
Matt Ford’s two-run single through the left side fired the first salvo and MacDonald and Leiderman each posted RBI doubles. Ferguson followed with Hofstra’s third consecutive RBI hit with a single up the middle off reliever James Moussa to cap the barrage.
Hofstra struck for six runs in the ninth, starting with Kenny Jackson’s run-scoring single through the right side as part of a sequence in which Hofstra loaded the bases. Ferguson then bashed a bases-clearing triple to center and Mike Friel scored him with a RBI single to complete the scoring.
NYIT starter J.P. Lipovac lasted until the eighth inning but took the loss in falling to 0-5 in being charged with four runs (three earned) in 7 1/3 innings. Hofstra’s Luke Noone did not allow a run and gave up just two hits in three innings in a start that was scheduled to go short in the midweek non-conference contest.
Hofstra, which is 3-3 in Colonial Athletic Association play, will host Delaware in a key three-game league series starting Friday at 3 p.m. from University Field.