Maroon Wins the 2012 Sonny Nictakis World Series
Nov. 1, 2012
In the annual intrasquad series, Maroon took on Gold in a best-of-three series. Maroon won the first two games, 7-3, and 6-2, to take the 2012 win and bragging rights for the rest of the year.
Junior Tom Bourdon, the Eagles' starting centerfielder, and freshman infielder Logan Hoggarth led the hitting, both going 5-for-8. Senior catcher Matt Paré had four RBIs, going 2-for-4 on the weekend.
In the first game on Friday, sophomore left-hander Nick Poore started on the mound for the Gold team, with assistant coach Steve Englert at the helm. Gold led early, scoring two in the first on an RBI single by freshman Chris Shaw and an RBI grounder by junior Nate LaPointe.
Junior righty Eric Stevens took the bump for the Maroon team, coached by assistant Greg Sullivan. Maroon came back to tie the game with a run in the second on an RBI base hit by freshman Stephen Sauter and a sac fly by Paré in the third.
After the two teams each tallied a run in the fourth, Maroon broke out the scoring in the sixth. With freshman Jesse Burke on the mound for Gold, sophomore Tyler Hinchliffe plated one with a single, and Paré drove in two more with another base hit. Sophomore John Gorman finished off the scoring with another RBI.
Gorman tallied the win, pitching three innings without allowing a hit, walk or run. He struck out four. Stevens pitched the first four innings, allowed seven hits, three runs, two walks and struck out one. Poore went three innings, allowed six hits, three runs - two earned - and struck out two. Senior Matt Alvarez went 2.1 innings, allowed two hits, one run, two walks and struck out three. Newcomer Burke allowed four hits, three runs and one walk.
On Sunday, in the second game, redshirt freshman Andrew Chin started for the Maroon while sophomore Eric Stone was on the mound for the Gold team. Both teams scored a run in the first, as Paré drove in Hinchliffe, who led off the game with a single for Maroon and Bourdon scored senior Matt McGovern, who tripled for Gold.
Maroon tallied five runs on four hits in the second. With the first three men aboard, Hinchliffe plated one with a sac fly and Hoggarth singled to drive in another. Gorman drove in another with another sacrifice fly and junior Jimmy Dowdell drove in two to make it a 6-1 game.
Gold got one run back in the fifth as Bourdon singled in sophomore Travis Ferrick, who walked. Junior Steve Green came in to pitch the seventh, and with runners on first and second, ended the game with a groundout to seal the victory for Maroon.
Chin went three innings and allowed four hits and one run while striking out two for the win. Freshman left-hander Austin Solecitto went three innings, allowed two hits, one run, one walk and struck out three. Green struck out one, while allowing one walk and one hit. Stone pitched the first three for Gold, allowed six runs, six hits, one walk and struck out one. Freshman John Nicklas went the other four, allowed just one hit and did not allow a runner to score. He walked two and struck out four.