Bronx, NY - Hofstra received back-to-back dominating pitching performances from starters David D'Errico and Dave Jesch as the Pride swept a doubleheader from Quinnipiac, 9-0 and 6-0, Saturday afternoon at Fordham's Houlihan Park.
D'Errico limited Quinnipiac to three singles in the opener, walking one and striking out four over eight inning to even his record at 1-1. Jesch threw six shutout innings in the second game, which was scheduled for seven innings. The freshman, who was making his first career start, held the Bobcats to two hits, walked one and struck out six to improve to 1-0.
The back-to-back shutouts were Hofstra's first since the
1975 season. Hofstra improves to 3-6 with the sweep, while Quinnipiac falls to 1-3 on the season.
The Pride dominated in the opener, scoring five runs in the sixth to break open a 3-0 game. Bryan Verbitsky delivered a two-run double in the inning, while Danny Poma added a two run single. The Pride's other run in the inning came as Jared Hammer scored on the back end of a double-steal.
Hofstra took advantage of two Quinnipiac errors in the first to score two runs. Dalton Rouleau reached on an error to start the inning and then after moving to second on a single by Poma, stole third and scored on a throwing error on the play. Poma, who moved to third on the steal and error, came in on a RBI ground out by Hammer.
The Pride tacked on a run in the fourth as Hammer doubled, moved to third on a fly out and scored on a T.J. Thomas sacrifice fly. Thomas also had a RBI single in the seventh to account for the Pride's ninth run.
D'Errico didn't need the run support as he cooled the Bobcat bats with eight shutout innings. Andrew Barbarino pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the win. Poma had three hits and two RBIs in the game, while Verbitsky and Hammer added two hits.
In the nightcap, Hofstra scored five times in the second inning and cruised to victory from there. Verbitsky led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a single off the bat of Matt Reistetter. Austin Nyman followed with an infield single to load the bases. Rouleau plated the first run with a sacrifice fly. Poma singled in the second run and a third run scored on an error that moved Poma to third. Hammer singled to score Poma with the fourth run. Hammer stole second and came in on Kenny Jackson's single. The Pride tacked on a run in the fourth as Matt Ford doubled to lead off the inning and came in on Jackson's second RBI single of the afternoon.
Ford finished the second game with three hits, including two doubles. Rouleau, Hammer and Jackson each had two hits.