Home run lifts Dowling past Franklin Pierce in East Regional
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Dowling posted a 3-0 win against Franklin Pierce in the opening game of the Division II East Regional tournament at Penmen Field. The Golden Lions improve to 34-15 on the season as the Ravens move to 35-17.
The Golden Lions were first on the board after a solo shot from JC Brandmaier to start the top of the second was hit into the trees behind the left field fence. The Ravens threatened to tie it up in the bottom half of the inning with a runner on second and one out. Dowling starter Tyler Badamo got the next two Ravens to ground out to second baseman Andrew Abreu ending the inning.
Dowling extended their lead with two runs in the top of the third. Rightfielder Adam Schuster worked a walk to lead off the inning and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Abreu. FPU's Brendan O'Rourke looked to get out of trouble with a strikeout of RJ Going for the second out, but a 3-1 pitch to Daniel Parisi was sent deep down the left field line staying just inside the foul pole putting the Golden Lions ahead 3-0.
The next three and half innings went quietly before the Ravens got back to back hits with one out, but a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Jay Jabs ended the inning with the Golden Lions still up 3-0.
Badamo retired the Ravens in order in the final two innings picking up the complete game win to improve to 9-3 on the season. The right-hander allowed just five hits while fanning eight.
Taking the loss for the Ravens was starter Conor Gleason allowing one run on two hits with three walks in one inning of work.