Hempstead, NY - T.J. Thomas went 3-for-4 with two three-run home runs, Dalton Rouleau was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a home runs and Kevin Flynn was 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Pride past NYIT, 19-6, Tuesday afternoon at University Field. Hofstra collected six home runs in the game, a season-high.
The win improves Hofstra's record to 22-17, while NYIT falls to 3-30. The win was Hofstra's second over the Bears this season after a 24-1 victory on April 10.
Hofstra freshman pitcher Brendan Mulligan (1-0) got the win in his first career start. The left-hander allowed four hits and three earned in 3 2/3 innings of work and struck out two batters.
The Pride snapped a 3-3 tie in the third with a six-run inning. Rouleau led off the frame with a long home run to centerfield, his third of the year. Danny Poma followed with a single and stole second. Matt Ford then singled to left field and took second on the throw as Poma scored to make it 5-3. A Jared Hammer single put runners on the corners and Kenny Jackson delivered an RBI groundout to make it 6-3. Three batters later, Thomas came up with runners on the corners and blasted his fifth round-tripper of the season to centerfield for a 9-3 Pride advantage.
The Bears got a run back in the fourth without the benefit of a hit as Mulligan walked the bases loaded and Gregg Lettini entered in relief and hit Robert Loftus with a pitch to make it a 9-4 game.
The Pride would get two runs in the fifth on Bryan Verbitsky's two run home run, his third of the year. Hofstra would blow the game open with a six-run sixth, capped off by Thomas' second three-run home run of the game, that made it 17-5. Hofstra would add two more runs in the seventh on a two-run blast from Hammer.
Eight of Hofstra's nine starters collected hits in the game with Poma, Ford, Hammer and Verbitsky all recording two-hit games. Kenny Jackson had a solo home run for the Pride in the first inning. Verbitsky and Hammer would drive in three runs each for the Pride on the day.
Dan Lackner had a two-run home run for NYIT. Steve McNamara had two of the Bears' eight hits in the contest.
James Moussa took the loss for NYIT and fell to 1-3. He allowed seven hits and six runs in 1 2/3 innings of work.
Hofstra is back in action this weekend in a crucial CAA series at Delaware. The Pride and the Blue Hens are currently tied for third place in the CAA standings.