JOHNSTOWN - The Amsterdam Rams mustered just two hits off La Salle Institute's Jim Smith in a 5-1 loss to the Cadets at Fulton-Montgomery Community College on Friday.
Coming off two consecutive wins, the Rams (2-4 overall, 2-4 Big 10) couldn't find a rhythm at the plate versus Smith.
Smith made quick work of the Rams early on, retiring the first six batters he faced on 12 pitches before running into minor trouble in the third. Brett Flint drew a leadoff walk to give Amsterdam their first baserunner and Jared Gallup was hit by a pitch two batters later. Andrew Rouse poked a single to center to load the bases before Flint scampered home for Amsterdam's only run of the game on a fielder's choice later in the inning.
Amsterdam’s Julian Gallup, right, dives back to first base under the tag of La Salle first baseman Justin Germain during Friday’s Big 10 baseball game at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. (The Leader-Herald/Shaun Anich)
By the time the Rams plated a run, La Salle had already chased three home against Amsterdam southpaw Kyle Sherlock. Justin Sportman reached on an error to kick off the second inning and a pitch hit the next batter, Joe Germinerio. After a sacrifice bunt moved them over, Nick Jacques singled to plate the pair. A leadoff walk in the top of the third also came around to score on an RBI single by Germinerio to give the Cadets their third run.
The Rams threatened in the fourth, drawing two walks to put a runner in scoring position. Smith bore down and struck out Brady McGillin and let his defense take care of the final two outs to escape trouble.
The Cadets padded their lead in the fifth. Jake Bernardo singled to left and, after a strikeout, Sherlock hit his third batter of the game. After a series of stolen bases, Seamus Kelley dropped down a squeeze bunt to plate Bernardo and Sean McLaughlin blooped an RBI single into right field to extend La Salle's lead to 5-1.
Flint came on in relief of Sherlock to begin the sixth inning and was impressive. The junior retired all six hitters he faced while Amsterdam's bats continued to lay dormant. Smith hit Julian Gallup in the fifth and surrendered an infield single to Flint in the sixth, but retired the side in order in the seventh to close out the two-hit complete game.
The Cadets did all their damage without the benefit of an extra-base hit. La Salle stroked seven singles, led by Ben Beury who was the only player with a multi-hit day.
The Rams will take another crack at the Cadets in Troy on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
La Salle 5, Amsterdam 1
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Smith and Germinerio; Sherlock, Flint (6) and Robertshaw