An early start time may have been the cause of a loss in game one, but the Florida sunshine seemed to have rousted the Blue Knights in game two as they came away with a split in their doubleheader against New Hampshire Monday morning.
DCTC starter Travis Borowicz pitched a complete game for DCTC in game one, allowing only one run on seven hits and striking out four hitters with only one walk. The lone New Hampshire run came across in the top of the seventh after a leadoff single and RBI double.
The lone New Hampshire run proved to be all the offense needed to take the game with a score of 1-0, leaving the Blue Knights with another loss, largely due to an offense that had only managed a mere three hits during the game.
The Blue Knight offense, however, would awaken during game two. In the top of the first, the Knights would score four runs on five hits. Two more runs were plated in the third inning and a final run in the seventh would ice the game for the Blue Knights at 8-4.
Dale Stein paced the offensive attack with a 3-4 performance at the plate, driving in two runs and scoring two runs. Kyle Sovde, Alex Smith and Mike Krejci each added two hits for the game, with Krejci and Sovde also driving in two runs apiece.
On the mound, Brandon Amy started and pitched five scoreless innings to contribute to the win. Alex Smith made the save, pitching a little more than an inning.
“ Today, the two games were two different stories. I think we were still asleep during the first game,” said head coach Tim Huber, commenting on the 9 a.m. start time. “The pitcher we faced in game two was much better than game one, but we got nine more hits off him. The guys were alert and showed what they are capable of in the second game. It was good to see.”
The Blue Knights bring the Florida road trip to an end Tuesday, March 14 in a doubleheader against Cuyahoga Community College.