Baseball Continues Home Schedule Against Iona and Lehigh
March 1, 2013
Bronx, N.Y. - Following the cancellation of its series at Wichita State, the Fordham baseball team will be hosting three days of games along with Iona and Lehigh. The weekend begins with Fordham against Iona at 2:00 PM, while both squads will face Lehigh on Saturday and Sunday, starting at noon.
LAST TIME OUT: Behind two stellar outings from freshmen pitchers Cody Johnson and Brett Kennedy, the Fordham baseball team opened its 2013 home schedule on Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep of the Saint Peter's Peacocks at Houlihan Park in the Bronx. The two wins puts Fordham over the .500 mark at 3-2 and on a three-game winning streak, while Saint Peter's falls to 1-3.
In game one, freshman pitcher Cody Johnson was the story, tossing a complete game, two-hit shutout in a 1-0 win for Fordham in seven innings.
It was the classic pitcher's duel between Johnson and Saint Peter's Eric Mozeika, as each allowed only two hits in the ballgame.
That run held up, as Johnson (1-0), allowed only one runner to reach third, while walking two and striking out five. Mozeika (0-1) was the hard luck loser, allowing just the one run on two hits with four walks and three strikeouts. In game two, freshman Charles Galiano singled home Mike Mauri in the fifth inning to put Fordham ahead, while freshman Brett Kennedy struck out eight in three innings of relief to wrap up a 4-2 victory for the Rams.
Saint Peter's took the early lead in the first off Fordham starter John Porter, as the Peacocks loaded the bases with two out and received an RBI-single from Pat Farrell for a 1-0 lead.
Fordham responded quickly, notching a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. With one out, Ryan Phelan singled through the left side and moved to third on a double by Runco. Phelan then scored on a wild pitch with Runco scoring on an RBI-single from Ian Edmiston.
The Peacocks knotted the game two in the top of the fourth, taking advantage of a Fordham error, and having a run score on a wild pitch.
The Rams came back with single runs in the fifth and sixth inning to regain the lead at 4-2. In the fifth, Mauri and Swatek each drew a walk and moved up a base on a wild pitch. Charles Galiano then ripped a single threw a drawn in infield to plate Mauri. One inning later, the Rams loaded the bases on two walks and a single, and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Mauri, which plated Joe Calabrese from third.
From there, Fordham freshman reliever Brett Kennedy (1-0) took over, as he struck out eight of the ten batters he faced to seal his first career win. At the plate, Matthew Cianci was 2-for-4 at the plate, while Galiano and Edmiston were each 1-for-2 with an RBI.
OPENING SALVO: The 2013 season began with the Fordham Rams playing a three-game set against the Michigan Wolverines at the New York Mets Training Complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Rams dropped the first two games, but won the finale by a 14-11 score.
No batter was hotter than sophomore Matthew Cianci, as he hit .583, collecting seven hits in 12 at bats, and having a .643 on-base percentage. Mike Mauri also had a solid weekend, hitting .400 (4-10) with a double and four RBI, while the freshmen duo of Ian Edmiston and Charles Galiano totaled six RBI for the weekend.
UPCOMING GAMES: The Rams will continue their home schedule with four games next week, hoston Wagner on Tuesday, March 5th, Fairfield on Wednesday, March 6th, and Stony Brook for a doubleheader on Saturday, March 9th.