Fort Myers, Fla. (3/18/14) – The Lasell College baseball team fell victim to a pair of big innings in a 10-5 loss to Johns Hopkins University at the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. The loss dropped Lasell to 3-5 on the year while John Hopkins improved to 8-2 overall.
Bobby Ellard had a single and double for Lasell with a pair of runs scored and Kevin Post was a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate with a trio of singles and two runs batted in. Billy Uberti was 1 for 4 at the dish but scored a run and knocked in two for the Lasers and Brandon Valentin scored twice. Mike Rodriguez took the loss on the mound for Lasell, allowing seven runs, five earned, on five hits and four walks in three innings of work. Vinny Romano allowed three runs on two hits and a walk for Lasell before Jake Malone relieved him to throw a scoreless inning of work. Ryan Bowen yielded just two hits while striking out four in three and a third relief innings before Casey Johnson closed the game with a pair of strikeouts in two-thirds of an inning of work.
Garrick Prokos struck out three and allowed only one earned run in six innings of work to earn his first win of the season for JHU. Sophomore Mitch Weaver and freshman Brian Lin both brought in their first career RBIs, while sophomore JR Charles notched his first three-hit game as a Blue Jay in the win.
Johns Hopkins got on the board in the bottom of the first inning when McCarthy came up with a two-out double, coming in to score on a single by Carbone. JHU picked up two more runs on a walk and an error to take a 3-0 lead after one. Uberti reached on an error to open the Lasers half of the second and consecutive singles from Coscione and Post helped Lasell cut the lead to 3-1. A lead-off single from Hoelzer led to another Blue Jay run when Weaver doubled to make it a 4-1 game.
Lasell hung up two more runs in the top of the third on an RBI groundout from Uberti followed by heads-up base running from Bobby Ellard. Ellard reached on a double down the rightfield line, advanced to third on Uberti's groundout before scoring when Hector Coscione was caught in a rundown to cut their deficit to 4-3.
Johns Hopkins combined three walks with four hits as they sent ten batters to the plate in a six-run fourth inning that gave the Blue Jays a 10-3 lead. Lasell rallied with four singles in the top of the eighth to reduce the JHU lead to five at 10-5, but were unable to draw closer in the ninth inning.