FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Lasell College baseball team erupted for 27 runs on 31 hits Monday afternoon and swept a doubleheader from Finlandia University (Michigan) in the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic, 13-0 and 14-2.
In addition to the big bats, senior David Marsell (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) tossed a three-hit complete-game shutout with nine strikeouts in the opener, and four pitchers combined to surrender just two runs on eight hits in the nightcap. Sophomore Sean Doris (Lincoln, R.I.) started and earned the win (1-0) with four shutout innings, striking out three.
The Lasers improve to 3-1 on the Florida trip and 5-1 overall, while Finlandia drops to 1-5. Lasell is idle on Tuesday and plays a pair of single games on Wednesday, March 13, against Coast Guard (9 a.m.) and Alfred State (noon).
Game 1 – Lasell 13, Finlandia 0
Marsell pitched all seven innings, allowing just three hits and a walk for his second win of the season (2-0) and his first career shutout. The game was scoreless until Lasell scored a run in the bottom of the fourth inning, and the Lasers blew open the game with seven runs in the fifth inning and five more in the sixth.
The Laser offense pounded out 15 hits, including six for extra bases. Freshman Matt Bischof (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) led the way, going 4-for-4 with two RBIs. Doris had three hits, including a double and a triple, and knocked in three. Senior Andre Marchesseault (Cheshire, Conn.) and junior Joe Sullivan (East Sandwich, Mass.) also drove in three runs apiece, with Marchesseault hitting a double and Sullivan legging out a triple.
Game 2 – Lasell 14, Finlandia 2
The Lasers scored at least one run in each of the first five innings, including three in the first, two in the second and third, and five in the fifth inning. Lasell finished with 16 hits, three for extra bases.
Marchesseault and Silva led the offense with three hits and a walk each, with Marchesseault cracking a double and driving in two and Silva knocking in one and scoring three times. Marsell went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and three RBIs at the plate, and seniors Evan Michalek (Berlin, Conn.) and Brett Sherron (Howard Beach, N.Y.) collected two hits apiece for the Lasers. Sullivan also hit a double and scored twice in three at bats.
After Doris' four shutout innings, sophomore Zak Phillips (West Boylston, Mass.) and seniors Brian Cohen (Rockland, Mass.) and Justin Webb (San Diego, Calif.) pitched one inning each. Phillips and Webb allowed one run each sandwiched around Cohen's scoreless sixth inning.
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