Lincoln Lions Earn First-Ever ECC Win, Defeating Purple Knights 7-4 In Season Finale

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Lincoln University, Pa. – The Lincoln University baseball team rallied from a three-run deficit to defeat the University of Bridgeport 7-4 in the second game of Saturday’s East Coast Conference doubleheader at the LU Baseball complex.

The win was the Lions first East Coast Conference win since joining the conference this fall and their first home win of the season, making it the perfect sendoff for Lincoln’s four seniors who were playing in their final game for the orange and blue.

Rolando Alvarez (Brooklyn, N.Y./Nazareth Regional ) tossed a complete game, allowing four runs(two earned) on eight hits while striking out three.  Lincoln had seven hits in the contest, by seven different players.

The Lions tied a seven-year old school record with three triples in the game.  Senior Aidan Gomes (Bronx, N.Y./LaSalle Academy) led off the first inning with a triple and later scored.  Two innings later he scored the tying run in the third inning following a bases-loaded triple from Kashif Hill (Brooklyn, N.Y./Benjamin Banneker Academy).   Leading 5-4 in the sixth inning, RJ Liverpool (Richmond, Va./Monacan) delivered two insurance runs for the Lions with a triple to right center field, giving Lincoln their winning margin of 7-4.  This feat was last done against Chestnut Hill College in the 2012 season.

Bridgeport had jumped out to a 4-1 lead as Alvarez labored through the first three innings.  He got a boost from his offense however in the bottom of the third as the Lions scored four times to take a 5-4 lead.  The big blow was Hill’s bases loaded triple.  Hill then scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch from UB’s Isaiah Mylers.  Mylers (0-2) wound up with the loss.

Alvarez settled down and with the help of the Lions defense held the Purple Knights scoreless the rest of the way.  The Lions turned three double plays in the game, tying another school record that they set earlier this season against USciences.  Lincoln turned their first double play in the second inning, ending a threat from the Purple Knights who had scored twice already.

Bridgeport put the first runner on in the fourth before the lining into a double play to eliminate another threat.  The Purple Knights threatened again in their final at bat getting their first runner aboard before Alvarez induced a ground ball that turned into Lincoln’s third double play of the contest.  After two more UB runners reached base, Alvarez got Tyler Popp to fly out to Hill in center field to end the game.

In the opener the Lions recorded their highest single inning run total of the season, plating seven runs in the eighth inning as a late rally fell short in an 11-8 loss to the Purple Knights.

Senior Marcos Castillo (Brooklyn, N.Y./HS of Telecommunications) took the loss throwing 7.1 innings and allowing UB’s first nine runs (seven earned).  He struck out four batters.

The Lions banged out a season-high 14 hits with Sheldon Johnson (Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills) getting three and Malcolm Smith (Los Angeles, Calif./Susan Miller Dorsey) and Hill recording two apiece.

Trailing 9-1 heading into the bottom half of the eighth inning, the Lions sent 12 batters to the plate with nine of them getting a hit as the pulled within one run with a seven run inning.  With one out, Lincoln got four consecutive singles from Johnson, Hill, Max Guadalupe (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bluefield College) and Smith.  Guadalupe’s single plated Johnson while Smith’s scored Guadalupe and Hill.  Smith later scored on a triple from Gomes and Gomes later scored on an infield groundout by senior  Luis Nieves (Staten Island, N.Y./LaSalle Academy), closing the gap to 9-6 with two outs in the inning.

Carlos Nieves (Isabela, P.R./Puerto Rico Baseball Academy) then started another string of singles with an infield hit, followed by singles from Jalil Banks (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South) and Jordan Rorer (Cheltenham, Pa./Cheltenham)bringing home another run and making the score 9-7.  Johnson followed with his second hit of the inning and Hill drew a bases loaded walk to pull Lincoln within one 9-8.  Guadalupe grounded out to end the inning.

The Purple Knights scored twice in the the top of the ninth to increase their lead to 11-8 which was the final margin.

Lincoln concludes their season with a 2-39 overall record and a 1-27 record in East Coast conference games. Bridgeport finishes their regular season with a 20-26 overall mark and a 15-13 league record, qualifying for the conference tournament.

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