Boca Raton, Fla. – Lynn University's baseball team continued its late-game heroics, winning the rubber-match against the Lincoln Memorial University Railsplitters, 9-7, on Saturday afternoon to take the three-game series 2-1. Anthony Sanabria hit the go-ahead homer for Lynn in the eighth and Alec Hernandez struck out the side in the ninth to seal the victory.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 9, LMU 7
Records: Lynn (7-2), Lincoln Memorial (6-5)
Location: Lynn Baseball Field| Boca Raton, Fla.
All-Time Series: Lynn leads 2-1
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Lincoln Memorial scored four runs in the first off Lynn starter Misael Castillo, the second-straight day that the Railsplitters plated four in the opening inning.
- Shayne Fontana answered in the bottom-half of inning No. 1, driving in Tom Archer with his fourth homer of the season.
- Alejandro Martinez joined the long ball parade in the third, launching a two-run shot to left center, scoring Fontana to even the score at 4-4.
- James Buckley and Alec Ojeda delivered back-to-back RBI hits for the Fighting Knights in the sixth, putting Lynn in front, 7-4, for its first lead of the game.
- A resilient LMU squad wouldn't go quietly, however, plating one in the seventh and two in the eighth to knot the game back up at 7-all.
- This set the stage for Sanabria's heroics as he hit a solo shot to right to put Lynn in front to stay.
- A Fontana RBI groundout provided some insurance for Hernandez in the ninth, but the junior righty from Miami wouldn't need it, fanning all three batters to finish off the game and earn his second win in relief this season.
- Castillo struggled in 1.2 innings, walking four, but Kendrick Pico delivered for head coach Rudy Garbalosa in relief, going 5.1 innings with six strikeouts, surrendering just four hits and one unearned run.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Sanabria has reached base safely in all nine games in 2019.
- With two hits on the day, Fontana is in the midst of a nine-game hit-streak to begin the season.
- Fontana now has four homers on the season after hitting just six long balls last season.
- Through eight games at Lynn University Field, the Fighting Knights and their opponents have combined for 23 home runs.
- These were the first-ever meetings between Lynn and Lincoln Memorial.
- Through the first three weeks of competition, the Blue and White lead the Sunshine State Conference in average (.362), home runs (16), RBI (81) and slugging (.635).
The Fighting Knights turn their attention to their conference-opening weekend at Saint Leo University on Feb. 22-23.