LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. - The Lincoln University baseball team suffered its first two East Coast Conference losses of the season, dropping a pair of games to the College of Staten Island Saturday at the LU Baseball Field.
GAME ONE: STATEN ISLAND 11, LINCOLN 7
Staten Island took advantage of five Lincoln errors to tally five unearned runs in posting the 11-7 win in the opener. The loss snapped LU's four-game winning streak.
Eight of the nine starters tallied a hit for the Lions as sophomore Willie Hines (Bowie, Md./Bowie) (Bowie, Md./Bowie) and freshman Jefrey Azcona (Trenton, N.J./Trenton Catholic) each had two knocks. Azcona was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two stolen bases, and a career-high three RBI. Hines finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Freshman Luis Miguel Reinoso (Beltsville, Md./High Point), 0-3, (Beltsville, Md./High Point) suffered the loss on the mound. The righty yielded nine runs (six earned) on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked three, hit three, and had one strikeout. Freshman Josiah Lara (Plant City Fla./Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy) (Plant City, Fla./Carlos Beltran Academy) went 4 2/3 innings and allowed just two unearned runs on three hits with a pair of strikeouts. He hasn't allowed an unearned run in his last 6 2/3 innings over three appearances.
GAME TWO: STATEN ISLAND 6, LINCOLN 2
Senior Max Guadalupe (Brooklyn, N.Y./HS of Telecommunication Arts) (Brooklyn, N.Y./HS of Telecommunications) registered two of Lincoln's six hits and had a hand in both runs as the Lions stranded eight runners on base in the 6-2 loss in the nightcap.
Guadalupe singled home Hines in the bottom of the third inning, then stole second and third base, before scoring on a throwing error.
Staten Island took the lead with four runs in the second inning with only one ball – a bases-loaded triple – leaving the infield. The Dolphins added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning.
Senior Rolando Alvarez (Brooklyn, N.Y./Nazareth Regional), 1-2, (Brooklyn, N.Y./Nazareth Regional) allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked five in the outing.
Lincoln (4-8 overall, 4-2 ECC) returns to action noon Monday with an ECC doubleheader with Saint Thomas Aquinas.