HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – A big five-run first inning gave the Hofstra baseball team a lead it protected the entire game as it defeated the Patriots, 10-3, on Friday afternoon at University Field.
Hofstra earned its first conference win of the season and fourth consecutive win, improving to 9-16 overall and 1-6 in the CAA. Mason dropped to 12-13 overall and 4-6 in the conference. Starter Jared Gaynor took the loss to fall to 2-3, while Hofstra's David D'Errico evened his record at 1-1.
The Patriots put the first run of the game on the board in the first, as Duncan Satherlie tripled and came home on a sacrifice fly from Tucker Tobin to go up, 1-0.
It was a short-lived lead however, with the Pride scoring five runs to grab the lead in the home half of the inning. With one out, Robbie Cafiero singled, advanced to second on a balk and scored on a Kenny Jackson home run for a 2-1 lead. Hofstra then used a walk, single and walk to load the bases for Chris Nardo who delivered a two-RBI single to left, extending the lead to 4-1. The final run came in on a sacrifice fly by Austin Nyman to put the Pride in control, 5-1.
Mason added a run in the third on an RBI single from Tobin to pull back to within three runs, 5-2, but Hofstra tacked on three more runs in the fourth to build its advantage to 8-2. Gaynor set down his first two batters faced, but the Pride were once again able to load the bases and Matt Reistetter hit a two-RBI single before another run scored on a wild pitch, padding the HU advantage, 8-2.
Another single run scored for Mason in the sixth as Montefusco recorded an RBI double, but Hofstra tacked on two more runs to push its advantage back to seven runs, 10-3.
Tobin and Blaise Fernandez finished with multiple hit performances for the Patriots, with Tobin going 2-for-3 with two RBI's, while Fernandez was 2-for-4. Gaynor went just four innings, allowing eight runs (four earned) on six hits with three walks. Tanner Love threw 1.1 innings and gave up two runs on three hits, while Neight Hoffa and Chris Payne combined to close the game, allowing just two hits over the final 2.2 innings.
Reistetter led the Hofstra offense, going 4-for-5 with three RBI's. D'Errico lasted six innings, scattering six hits while giving up three runs with a walk and four strikeouts.
The Patriots and Pride face each other in game two of the series tomorrow starting at 1:00 p.m. Anthony Montefusco will get the start for the Patriots against Hofstra's Joe Burg.