DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Lynn University baseball team took advantage of the Eagle's miscues, and executed powerful offense to sweep the double header, 14-11 and 13-11, in the 2017 regular season finale on Saturday afternoon.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 14, Embry-Riddle 11: Lynn 13, Embry-Riddle 11
Records: Embry-Riddle (14-35), Lynn (30-20)
Location: Sliwa Stadium | Daytona Beach, Fla.
All-time Series: Lynn leads the series, 12-1
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STATS OF THE GAME:
- Game 1:
- Frank Grandinette made his final start of his career in the Blue and White, going 4.2 innings, and left the game after giving up the lead, 9-8, to the Eagles. He gave up nine runs (six earned) on 11 hits to go along with four strikeouts.
- Each team recorded multiple errors, and each gave up significant runs at the time they occurred. One allowed Alex Turner an inside-the-park home run that gave the Blue and White the 10-9 lead in the sixth inning, and that same inning there was a three-error play that allowed Lynn to extend their lead to 12-9.
- Victor Danza and Daniel Nuzzi made appearances in relief for the Fighting Knights, working the final 4.1 innings. Despite giving up two runs on three hits, Danza picked up his third win of the season. Nuzzi picked up his sixth save of the season, giving up no runs on four hits and four strikeouts.
- Both teams combined for seven homeruns on the day, with Embry-Riddle pacing the way with four. Daniels (2), Dorrian (9) and Ellison (12), all added to their home run totals this game.
- Karl Ellison led the squad with six RBIs, but only had one official hit to show for it.
- Both teams stranded eight runners on base.
- For the second straight game, the Eagles outhit the Fighting Knights, 18-17.
- Game 2:
- Enrique Perez took the mound for his third start of the season, and had the best outing of all Lynn starters this weekend. The Illinois native went a season-high 6.1 innings, giving up one earned run on five hits on a season-high nine strikeouts. He earned his third win of the season in the final outing of 2017.
- Michael Imperato Jonathan Eisdorfer and Jonathan Wake worked in relief of Perez. Imperato never recorded an out, but Eisdorfer worked 1.2 innings, giving up five runs on six hits with two strikeouts. Wake came in and worked 0.2 before Nuzzi came in to record his second save of the day and seventh of the season.
- The Blue and White outhit the Eagles for the first time this weekend, 17-13.
- Grandinette (4), Turner (2), Martinez (2) and Ellison (2) all knocked in multiple runs in the game.
- Eight of nine starters had at least one base hit, and six of them had at least two. Grandinette paced the offense with four base hits, while Ceballos had three.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- With the two wins, the record away from home improved to 8-12.
- This was the first series sweep on the road this season. The last series road victory came against Saint Leo, April 7-8. The Fighting Knights have not swept a road series since sweeping Nova Southeastern March 11-12, 2016.
- The seniors that saw action in the lineup today went a combined 26-for-55 at the plate with 18 RBIs.
- Grandinette was the Designated Hitter in the same game he started on the mound for the first time this season.
- Turner's inside-the-park home run was the second this season for the Fighting Knights. The first was from Curtis's in the double header at Saint Leo. Turner now has hits in 15 of the past 17 games.
- After a four-RBI performance on Friday, Ellison continued driving in runs, with seven on the day today, a 11 total for the weekend.
- Donovan Armas, Grandinette, Eisdorfer and Imperato all saw their final innings of work in the Blue and White this weekend.
- Lynn was able to record double digit runs and hits in all three games this weekend, totaling: 39 runs, 44 hits.
- The Fighting Knights have been a dominant hitting team, and own a team average of .337, slugging percentage of .557, and have sent 91 balls out of the park through just 50 games.
- Hitting Streaks: Turner (9), Curtis (6), Grandinette (4) and Ellison (4).