Pitching leads to first-ever ECC DH sweep

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. - Starting pitchers Trevon Sutton (Chicago, Ill./Harlan Community Academy) and Rolando Alvarez (Brooklyn, N.Y./Nazareth Regional) combined for 19 strikeouts in 16 innings, and yielded one earned run as the Lincoln University baseball team recorded its first East Coast Conference doubleheader sweep Saturday, beating ECC newcomer D'Youville, 10-1 and 8-1.

The game brought to an end a couple of long droughts as it has been 969 days since the last home game and 1,508 days since the Lions recorded a doubleheader sweep.

Lincoln (2-6) will return to action 11 a.m. Sunday to complete the three-game ECC series with D'Youville.


Sutton, 1-2, (Chicago, Ill./Harlan Community Academy) turned in a career performance with the first nine-inning complete game of his career while mowing down a career-high 10 in the opener. He allowed hits with two walks in the nine innings.

The right-hander was at his best with runners in scoring position as he wiggled out of trouble in the sixth and eighth innings. After the first D'Youville runners reached to start the sixth inning, Sutton struck out the side to leave the runners on second and third. Then in the eighth, back-to-back one-out hits had Saints runners on second and third with one out. No worries as Sutton posted a strikeout and a flyout to strand two more.

D'Youville was just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The Saints' lone hit in that situation came in the top of the first inning as they dented the plate for the only time.

Lincoln took the lead in the bottom of the second as freshman Hilman Truss (Hamilton, N.J./Hamilton West) (Hamilton, N.J./Hamilton West) singled home a pair of runs. A two-RBI double by redshirt sophomore Willie Hines (Bowie, Md./Bowie) (Bowie, Md./Bowie) and an RBI double by sophomore Sheldon Johnson (Pittsburgh Pa./Woodland Hills) (Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills) extended the lead to 5-1 in the third.

Another two-run single by Truss pushed the lead to 7-1 after seven innings. Wildness aided the three-run eighth as Lincoln took advantage of four walks and a hit batter.

Truss was 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBI, while Johnson was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, two walks, a double, and two RBI. Freshman Alex Jones (Bear Del./Appoquinimink) (Bear, Del./Appoquinimink) had his first multi-hit game of his career, while senior Kashif Hill (Brooklyn, N.Y./Benjamin Banneker Academy) (Brooklyn, N.Y./Benjamin Banneker Academy) added a pair of hits.


Alvarez, 1-1, (Brooklyn, N.Y./Nazareth Regional) was stellar on the bump, allowing one unearned run, on just three hits with 10 strikeouts over seven innings. He allowed just two D'Youville runners to reach scoring position, and both were aided by Lincoln's miscues.

Lincoln put a stranglehold on the game early with seven runs in a second inning that could be described as death by a million cuts. The Lions had just one extra-base hit as 13 batters came to the plate. After the first three batters reached via walk, a force play at the plate temporarily kept a run off the board.

Back-to-back singles by junior Jordan Rorer (Cheltenham, Pa./Cheltenham) (Cheltenham, Pa./Cheltenham) and Hines had Lincoln up 3-0. An RBI single by Jones was followed by a two-RBI double by Hines pushed the advantage to 6-0, and then a bases-loaded walk capped the scoring. Hines, who finished with a career-high three RBI, added a run-scoring single in the third inning.

Jones recorded another multi-hit game, going 2-for-2 with a run scored, RBI, and a walk. Johnson and junior Malcolm Smith (Los Angeles Calif./Susan Miller Dorsey) (Los Angeles, Calif./Susan Miller Dorsey) both reached base three times, all via the base on balls.

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