Baseball continues their hot start to the season with 11-5 win over Molloy

Starting a season with consistency throughout the lineup and generating runs is what every team strives for, which is usually a sign of a team that is bound to win games and make a deep playoff run. The ability to manufacture runs in any situation keeps a team competitive and puts pressure on their opponents to continue pitching carefully in key moments of the game.

Through the first 15 games of the season, the New Haven baseball team is averaging an impressive 8.1 runs per game. They maintained that pace with a convincing 11-5 win over Molloy University on Wednesday afternoon. Scoring seven consecutive runs to open the scoring, the Chargers were able to play ahead for the whole game, keeping Molloy’s pitching uncomfortable and forcing mistakes over the heart of the plate.

Left fielder Owen Pincince continued his spectacular start in his freshman campaign, in which he is hitting .479 through 15 games with 23 hits and 13 runs batted in (RBI) with a single that brought third baseman Andrew Cain around to score.

The score would remain 1-0 until the top of the third when Cain knocked in first baseman Andrew Bianco on a sacrifice fly to right field. After a walk by Pincince, center fielder Robert Taylor delivered the big blow of the game with a two-run home run that gave New Haven an early four-run lead.

Pincince continued his strong start in the fifth with a triple to left-center field, bringing Cain around to score once again. When a team is firing on all cylinders, runs can come in any form and it is difficult for an opponent to contain. New Haven got tricky on the base paths as Pincince would come around to score on a double steal in which Taylor stole second to take a six-run lead.

Right fielder Zack Pincince kept the inning going with the biggest of his three hits on the day: a double down the left-field line that plated Taylor for the seventh run of the game.

Molloy did not manage to get anything going offensively against New Haven’s starting pitcher Liam Carroll, who fired five scoreless innings and allowed just two hits and no walks or runs.

In the bottom of the sixth, however, the Lions found some life on offense. They plated three runs to make it a four-run game after an RBI double by center fielder Garrett Scavelli who later came around to score on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by first baseman Jake McCarthy. Scavelli knocked in another pair of runs in the seventh with a double down the left-field line to cut New Haven’s lead to two.

The Chargers potent offense once again caught fire in the eighth inning as Bianco lined a double to left field that plated Zack Pincince and shortstop Kenneth Franquiz. Scoring chances continued to come for the Chargers, as second baseman Noah Budzik scored on a wild pitch followed by a single by designated hitter Cole Maucere that brought New Haven’s 11th and final run around to score.

Closing pitcher Drew Silverman recorded the last six outs of the game for New Haven, The teams’ record now stands at an impressive 12-3 through their first 15 games. The Chargers will be back in action for their first conference series at home of the season against Adelphi University starting on Friday, Mar. 24 with a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. as the Chargers look to continue their hot start to the season as conference play is set to begin. More information can be found at