Blue Streaks improve to 9-3 start with three-game sweep

March 19th, 2015


The John Carroll University baseball team had a busy weekend, as the Blue Streaks improved to 9-3 on the year after a three-game sweep of Transylvania University over the two-day series.


The Blue Streaks dominated in each game, winning 7-4 on Saturday and then 10-4 and 7-2 on Sunday.


Saturday’s game started with a three-run lead for Transylvania in the second inning. But, JCU quickly responded by scoring seven runs in the next three innings behind three RBIs from junior Tyler Gentile. Transylvania never caught up, and the Blue Streaks took game one, 7-4.


Game two was a closer contest than the score would indicate, as JCU trailed 4-3 entering the seventh inning. The bats came alive for the Blue Streaks in the seventh, as they scored three runs in the frame to take a 6-4 lead. Junior Dave Crowley started it off with a single to bring in junior Rob Cifelli. Then, Gentile knocked in senior Bobby Sabatino and finally senior Mark Huddle brought the last run of the inning home.


Transylvania tried to mount a comeback, getting two batters on base via walk, but it was all for naught, as freshman Mathis Newman came in and got the Blue Streaks out of the jam.


According to head coach Marc Thibeault, “He got the big strikeout when we needed it and pitched to contact the rest of the way.”


The offensive firepower was not over for JCU, as the visitors tacked on three more insurance runs in the eighth to balloon the lead to 9-4. Cifelli used a single to bring in sophomore Patrick Scholla, then Sabatino brought in Cifelli with a triple. Finally, Crowley hit a sac fly to bring it Sabatino.


JCU put up one more run in the ninth to put the game on ice. Senior Anthony Libertini earned the win and improved to 1-0, as he put together 1 2/3 innings in relief of junior starter Brandon Maddern.


On offense, JCU relied on three hits apiece from Cifelli and Sabatino. Cifelli also had two RBIs.


Game three showcased a dominant pitching display, as senior Drew Doring came to play yet again, improving to 3-0 on the year. He pitched seven innings,  allowing just one run on three hits, with six strikeouts.


JCU added their last three runs of the game in the fifth, and the pitching staff made sure the game was never close after that.


Cifelli lead the way yet again with a 2-5 performance and a couple RBI’s. Huddle and Schriner also had multi-hit games as they went 3-4 and 2-5 respectively.


“It was nice to see our pitching staff all clicking together,” Gentile said. “Once one guy finished his job, the next guy came in and picked up right where the previous guy did. Our offense is starting to develop, but we are far from our peak and full potential.”


Editors Note: JCU returned to action on Wednesday, March 18 as they host Hiram College at 4:00 p.m.