Brooklyn, NY - Hofstra hit three home runs over the last two innings, scoring seven runs as the Pride snapped a short two-game losing streak with an 11-3 win over LIU Brooklyn Wednesday afternoon.
Hofstra improved to 16-15 with the win while LIU Brooklyn fell to 18-17-1 on the season.
The Pride snapped a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning as Robbie Cafiero singled, stole second and third and came in on a throwing error by LIU Brooklyn’s catcher.
Hofstra would extend the lead to 7-3 in the eighth as Brian MacDonald hit a one-out solo home run, his team-leading third of the year. Three batters later, Eric Peterson blasted his first home run for the Pride, a two-run shot.
The Pride would tack on four more runs in the ninth inning as Kenny Jackson and Brian MacDonald hit back-to-back doubles for the first run and after Brad Witkowski singled, Ryan Donovan hit his first home run of the season to plate the final three runs.
Hofstra collected 14 hits on the afternoon with MacDonald accounting for three of them. Cafiero, Jackson, Donovan and Peterson each had two hits. Peterson also had four RBIs on the day, Donovan added three and MacDonald knocked in two runs.
Cody Normand (1-0), the fourth of seven Hofstra pitchers, picked up the win with an inning and 2/3 of hitless and scoreless relief.
Bryan Saffelle (0-1) took the loss for LIU, allowing an unearned run on one hit in 1 2/3 innings. The LIU Brooklyn offense, which came in batting .306 as a team, was held to just six hits on the day. Pete Leonello and John Ziznewski each had two hits for the Blackbirds.
Hofstra will travel to CAA-leading William & Mary for a three-game series beginning Friday night.