Hempstead, NY – Matt Reistetter had three hits and six RBIs, and Hofstra’s pitching staff limited the Bears to seven hits in an 11-2 win Wednesday afternoon.
The win was Hofstra’s eighth straight, it’s longest win streak since 1995. The Pride improved to 13-16 on the year. NYIT fell to 2-19.
The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the second as Pride starter Gregg Sarra, who was making his first career start, walked in a run. The run was unearned as two Hofstra errors prolonged the inning.
But Hofstra scored three times in the bottom of the inning. NYIT starter Michael Auriemmo walked Jared Hammer, hit Reistetter and walked Joe Perez to load the bases. Chris Nardo drove in the tying run with an infield single. Following a fly out double play, Austin Nyman bunted for a single that scored Perez and moved Nardo to third. The Pride scored the third run on a double steal with Nardo coming in on the play.
The Pride scored again in the third on a RBI single from Reistetter that scored Kenny Jackson. Hofstra would tack on three more runs in the fourth, two coming in on a Reistetter single, to take a 7-1 lead.
Hofstra’s eighth run came in the seventh as Joe Perez scored on a throwing error. NYIT pushed across a run in the eighth to make it an 8-2 contest.
Reistetter continued his big game with a three-run home run in the eighth to make it an 11-2 game.
Sarra (1-0) allowed two hits and three walks in his three innings. Nick Kozlowski followed with three hitless innings. Graham Tebbitt threw a scoreless seventh, while Gregg Lettini allowed one run on three hits in the eighth inning. John Schilt pitched the ninth and loaded the bases before escaping unscathed.
In addition to Reistetter, Nardo had three hits and Cafiero and Nyman added two each.
Dan Lackner had three hits for NYIT. Auriemmo (0-2) allowed six hits and seven runs in 3 1/3 innings.
The Pride return to action this weekend when they head to Boston, Massachusetts, for a three-game weekend series at CAA rival Northeastern.