Long Ball Propels Saints to Sweep Of Lakeland CC

Long Ball Propels Saints to Sweep Of Lakeland CC

The Mercyhurst North East Saints used 4 homeruns to cruise past Lakeland Community College 8-2, 9-4. The Saints added to their school record with 4 round trippers to set the current mark at 44.

In game one Brandon Johnston got the ball, and after a rough first inning where the Saints allowed two unearned runs, Johnston was sharp. Pedro Peguero got the scoring started for the Saints in inning two with a solo homerun to left field, his 5th of the season.

The Saints added three more in the bottom of the 3rd to take the lead with a Zack Miller 3 run homerun, his 4th of the season. MNE tacked on 4 more in the 5th with a double by Miller that scored a run and a Mike Montalbano double that scored two.

Montalbano and Miller each had two hits to lead the Saints offense. Johnston picked up his 3rd win of the year, going 5 innings allowing just two runs, non earned, and struck out 7 Lakers. Nick Woloschak and Trent Collins each threw scoreless innings in relief.

In game two, with the Saints trailing 3-0, Jesse Staudt hit a 3 run homerun to give the Saints the 4-3 advantage. It was Staudt's 4th of the season. The Lakers would answer back with a run of their own to tie the game at 4 after 3 innings. The Saints put up a 4 spot in the 5th with a Zack Miller double that scored two and a Pedro Peguero single that scored two as well. 

MNE added one more in the 6th with a solo shot by Keyshawn D'Orso to cap off the scoring.

Starter Jordan Ransom threw three innings allowing 4 runs, on 6 six and struck out 1. Nolan Freeman pick up his 7th win of the season when he struck out the side in the 5th. Ismael Mendez, Zack Barrett and Dalton Donachie all threw scoreless innings in relief.

Drew Delsignore and Peguero had 3 hits each and Miller and D'Orso each had two hits to pace the offense.

MNE improved to 29-15 on the season, which puts them tied for second with the most wins in school history. The Saints will take on arch rival Monroe Community College in the last Region III games of the season before heading into the Region III playoffs May 13th, 14th and 15th.