BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Lynn University baseball team fell behind early and never recovered on Friday afternoon, as Embry-Riddle took the first game of the three-game series by a final score of 8-2. The Fighting Knights twice cut the deficit to two runs, but the Eagles pulled away late with a four-run ninth inning to secure the Sunshine State Conference victory.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Scores: Embry-Riddle 8, Lynn 2
Records: Lynn 20-21 (9-16 SSC), Embry-Riddle 13-25 (3-16 SSC)
Location: Lynn Baseball Field | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-time Series: Lynn leads, 12-2 (Lynn swept series in 2016 & 2017)
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STATS OF THE GAME:
- Shayne Fontana and Alec Ojeda each tallied multi-hit games for the Fighting Knights and drove in one run apiece.
- Ojeda's RBI came on a solo home run in the fifth inning that got Lynn on the board, cutting ERAU's lead to 3-1 at the time.
- Fontana narrowed the gap to 4-2 in the eighth inning when he tallied a run-scoring groundout.
- Patrick Dorrian had a hit and a run in the game, while Alejandro Martinez, Gabe Martinez and Joe Argumedo collected the remainder of Lynn's hits.
- Daniel Nuzzi worked a brisk 8.0 innings, scattering seven hits while allowing four runs with six strikeouts.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Nuzzi's 8.0 innings of work marks the longest outing for a Lynn starting pitcher this season and were a career high for the senior.
- Dorrian extended his on-base streak to 40 games this season and 47 games overall as the infielder has reached base safely via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in each game he has played this season.
- Clocking in at 2:16 in length, it was the shortest game of the season for the Blue and White.
The two teams close the series on Saturday with a doubleheader starting at noon. Originally scheduled for Sunday, game two of the doubleheader has been moved up due to potential rain in the forecast on Sunday. Lynn's 11 seniors will be honored with a brief ceremony prior to game two of the doubleheader.