Baseball (1-23, 1-21 NE10) Makes Postseason Debut, Moran Records 100th Hit in Final Career At Bat
The Saint Michael's College baseball team made its postseason debut last Tuesday with an 18-1 loss to Franklin Pierce University during a Northeast-10 Conference Championship first-round game. The Purple Knights, seeded seventh in the Northeast Division, faced a second-seeded Raven squad playing its 150th postseason contest, having qualified for seven College World Series. Franklin Pierce received votes toward the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) national poll.
Senior Danté Moran (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Dixie Hollins) became the 14th player in Saint Michael's baseball history with 100 career hits, reaching the milestone on the final pitch of his career. Moran entered the sixth inning with 98 career hits before picking up singles in that inning and the eighth, with his 100th hit an opposite-field knock through the right side in his final college plate appearance. Moran tied Dan Doherty '02 for 13th in program history in hits, as 14 players in more than 100 years of baseball at Saint Michael's now have 100 hits.
A third baseman, shortstop and pitcher during his career, Moran finished sixth in program history in assists (192), while senior middle infielder Iset Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) ended up fifth in assists (201). Moran finished the day 2-for-4 while also drawing the starting pitching assignment, allowing six runs on four hits in two innings with four walks and four strikeouts. Sophomore Brady Perron (Barton, Vt./Lake Region Union) walked in his lone plate appearance before scoring, first-year Mason Dushney (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk, and classmate Matt Sevigny (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill) finished 1-for-2. Sophomore Ulysses Luciano (Bronx, N.Y./Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy) went 1-for-4.
First-year Jared Duquette (Morrisonville, N.Y./Saranac) yielded seven runs on six hits and one walk in one inning of relief before senior Julien Giroux-Harvey (Montreal, Québec/Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf) gave up five runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts in two innings. Classmate Dan Favicchio (Massapequa, N.Y./Saint John the Baptist Diocesan) tossed two shutout innings on two hits with one strikeout, and senior Shane Epps (Queens, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep/Mercy) walked three while striking out the side in a hitless, scoreless frame.