Hempstead, NY - Hofstra used big innings in both ends of a doubleheader as it swept New York Institute of Technology Wednesday afternoon, 8-4 and 7-2.
Hofstra, which has won three consecutive games, improves to 8-16 on the year. NYIT falls to 2-15 with its eighth straight loss.
The Pride used a four-run fifth inning to snap a 4-4 tie en route to the game one win. Hofstra would load the bases with no out against NYIT starter Ryan Dillabough, who then surrendered a run scoring single to Joe Perez and a sacrifice fly to Chris Nardo that brought in two runs as Matt Reistetter scored when the throw home from left hit the Jared Hammer, who had tagged up from third. Hofstra’s fourth run came in on a wild pitch.
Reliever Chris Harkey (1-0) was the pitcher of record on the winning side, picking up his first decision of the year. He pitched one inning and allowed one hit and an unearned run. Dillabough (0-2) took the loss after allowing seven hits and eight runs (five earned) in 4 1/3 innings.
Perez had two of the Pride’s eight hits in the contest.
NYIT scored two of their runs on a failed pickoff attempt at second base in the third as the runner on third came in and then another error on the play allowed the runner from second to score as well. Joe Daru had an RBI single in the fourth and the Bears scored on an error in the fifth.
In game two Hofstra scored four first inning runs and Jared Rogers threw five strong innings in the 7-2 win. The senior right-hander improved to 1-3 on the year after allowing one run on three hits with five strikeouts.
The Pride wasted no time in jumping on starter J.P. Lipovac (0-2) as Kevin Brantley led off with a walk and stole second. Robbie Cafiero then delivered an RBI double down the left field line. After moving to third on a groundout, Cafiero came in on a hammer sacrifice fly. Reistetter then followed with a home run for a 3-0 lead. The round-tripper was the first of his career. Perez followed with a walk, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Chris Nardo then drove him home with a sharp single to left for the innings fourth run.
The Bears would get a run in the second as Robert Loftus led off with a triple to center and scored on a Michael Fermin sacrifice fly.
But Hofstra scored once in the second on a Cafiero single and two more in the third on a two-run single off the bat of Austin Nyman.
The Bears would tack on an unearned run in the sixth as Dan Lackner singled home Daru, who had singled and advanced on an error in left field.
Cafiero, who started his career at NYIT, had two hits and two RBIs in the game two win. Nyman also had two hits and a pair of RBIs.
Lipovac allowed five hits and five runs 9all earned) in two innings. Lacker had two of the Bears six hits in the game.
Hofstra returns to action this weekend when it hosts George Mason in a Colonial Athletic Association series starting Friday at 3 p.m.