LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – Jason Baytop (Fr./Manchester, Md.) collected three RBIs and four runs to lead Saint Augustine’s University to a 13-6 CIAA baseball victory over Lincoln (Pa.) University at Lincoln University Baseball Field on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
The Falcons (25-15 overall) swept the three-game weekend series from the Lions (4-21 overall) to remain in second place in the CIAA. They battle conference leader Winston-Salem State University in a single nine-inning game on Monday, April 8, at USA Baseball Complex in Cary, N.C., at 1 p.m. The Rams are 13-1 in the division and the Falcons are 12-2.
Against Lincoln, Baytop was 2-for-5 at the plate including a home run and double. He also recorded three stolen bases. Both Baytop and Jeremy Wilkins (Sr./Smithfield, N.C.) paced the Falcons with two hits apiece. Ariel Polanco (Sr./Harlem, N.Y.) and Pat Hall (Sr./Virginia Beach, Va.) each added two RBIs while Jamie Scott (Jr./Hampton, Va.), Sterling James (So./New Castle, Del.) and Calvin Butcher (Jr./New Castle, Del.) each scored two runs for the Falcons.
Alex Edwards (Jr./Chicago, Ill.) gained the win after scattering five hits in six innings. He struck out eight batters and walked four to improve to 3-0 on the season. Both Chris Rogers (Sr./Chicago, Ill.) and Daveed Todd (Sr./Chicago, Ill.) pitched in relief in the final three innings to finish off the Lions.
Hall got the Falcons on the scoreboard first with a two-run single which scored Baytop in the first inning. The Lions came back to tie the game 2-2 in the same inning, but Baytop hit an RBI grounder to score James and Scott smacked an RBI double to score Butcher in the second inning. The Lions stayed close early by scoring one run in the second inning to slice the Falcons’ lead to 4-3.
The Falcons opened a sizable lead in the fourth inning, scoring five runs for a 9-3 margin. Baytop’s RBI double scored James, and both Baytop and Butcher scored on a fielding error. Clarence Peace (Jr./Creedmoor, N.C.) hit an RBI single to score Scott and Wilkins singled in Peace.
The Falcons padded their lead to 11-3 in the fifth inning. Polanco hit a two-run homer to left field that scored him and Baytop. Lincoln scored three runs in the eighth inning, but Ricky Martin (Jr./Raleigh, N.C.) had a sacrifice fly which scored Darren Burks (Jr./Matteson, Ill.) and Baytop hit a solo homer in the ninth for the final score.
-Sports Information Office