LYNN, Mass. – After losing for the first time in the GNAC Tournament earlier in the day, the Johnson & Wales University baseball team responded in a major way. The Wildcats rebounded from an 11-1 loss to Suffolk to defeat Lasell, 15-1.
Johnson & Wales: 23-18
The 15 runs are the most the Wildcats have scored in a GNAC Tournament game since putting 16 on Albertus Magnus during the inaugural GNAC Tournament in 1997.
JWU broke open game two with five runs in the fourth. Greg Joubert (Cumberland, RI) drilled a two-run single to score Armani Henderson (Johnston, RI) and Ryan Cabral (Scituate, RI). Shortstop Lou Umberto (Cranston, RI) ended the scoring with a double to plate Joubert and Chris Baldwin (Pawtucket, RI).
After a Joubert solo home run in the fifth, the Wildcats put the game out of reach with a six-run sixth inning. Cabral hit a bases-loaded triple then two batters later Joubert drove in Cabral and Ivan Reyes (Cranston, RI).
All nine starters reached base and seven out of the nine had at least one hit. Five different Wildcats had multiple hits with Joubert and Umberto leading the way with three each.
Senior pitcher Lane Compton (Freeland, Mich.) was dazzling on the mound. He threw a complete game and only surrendered one run on five hits with nine strikeouts.
In the first game of the day, Suffolk got out to a fast start, scoring three runs in the first inning. The Rams tacked on four runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
The Wildcats got their lone run in the eighth. An error on Baldwin's grounder allowed Henderson to score. Johnson & Wales had its chances to get more runs as it stranded 12 runners on base, including six in the first four innings.
Johnson & Wales moves on to face Suffolk at 5:30 p.m. in the championship game. If the Wildcats win that game they'll have to beat the Rams a second time.