Hempstead, NY - Ryan Donovan’s sixth inning grand slam in game two gave Hofstra a 13-10 lead it would not relinquish as the Pride salvaged a doubleheader split over UMass-Lowell with an 18-11 win. The River Hawks won game one, 4-2.
Hofstra, which was eliminated from CAA Playoff contention earlier in the day when Northeastern and James Madison won their games, finishes the 2014 campaign with a 20-24 record. UMass-Lowell is 20-22 on the year.
The two teams traded five-run first innings in the nightcap and the River Hawks would take a 10-7 lead after the top of the fifth. But the Pride scored once in the fifth on an Eric Peterson RBI double to make it a 10-8 game. Then in the Hofstra sixth, the Pride would send 11 men to the plate. Brad Witkowski had an RBI single to plate the first run and after a walk to Mike Friel loaded the bases, Donovan uncorked his first career grand slam to right for a 13-10 advantage. The Pride would add one more run in the inning on Robbie Cafiero’s RBI single to lead 14-10. Cafiero would add a two-run double in Hofstra’s four-run seventh that closed out the scoring for the home team.
The Pride collected a season-best 20 hits in the win with Cafiero notching four. Matt Ford, Kenny Jackson and Donovan had three each, while Witkowski and Peterson added two apiece. Donovan had six RBIs in the game. Witkowski and Cafiero recorded three RBIs each.
Christian Lavoie (1-4) took the loss, allowing seven runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
In the opener, the River Hawks scored twice in the ninth to break a 2-2 tie in a 4-2 victory. Matthew Sanchez singled to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a two-base throwing error on a failed pickoff attempt. Jacob O’Keefe put Lowell ahead, 3-2, with an RBI single and the River Hawks would tack on a second run on a fielder’s choice.
TJ Ehrsam and Eric Ferguson had RBIs for Hofstra in a two-run fourth inning. Chris Harkey (1-3) took the loss for the Pride, allowing two runs on two hits in two innings of work. Shane Beauchemin (4-5) went eight innings for UMass Lowell to get the win, allowing two runs on eight hits. Steve Xirinachs pitched the ninth to earn his third save.