March 12, 2011
Freshman shortstop Mel Skochdopole had four hits and five RBI on Saturday.
Game 1: Dayton 14, Canisius 11 Box Score
Game 2: Dayton 7, Canisius 6 Box Score
DAYTON, Ohio –
Dayton swept a doubleheader against Canisius on Saturday evening at Time Warner Cable Stadium. The Flyers (6-7) snapped a four-game losing streak by scoring a season-high 14 runs in the first game and using a seven-run fifth inning in the second game.
“Obviously it was a hitter’s day, but our guys did a good job of following the game plan," Head Coach Tony Vittorio said. "It could have been an easy to try and pull pitches because of the wind, but the guys did a great job of using the entire field.”
Next up, Dayton will play its fourth game in two days tomorrow when hosting Oakland in a doubleheader at Time Warner Cable Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET. All the action can be heard live on DaytonFlyers.com with Mike Ivcic at play-by-play and former Flyer pitcher Chris Rubio providing analysis.
Game 1 Recap >>Box Score (Dayton 14, Canisius 11)
Dayton scored four runs in the first inning and didn’t look back, taking the first game against Canisius 14-11. All of UD’s runs in the first inning came with two outs as the Flyers chipped through the order with four singles while taking advantage of two Canisius errors.
Dayton posted another four runs in the fifth inning as senior Danny Welch and junior Mike Coughlin led off with back-to-back doubles. Another double from freshman Mel Skochdopole would drive in Welch and Coughlin. After the fifth, UD had a 9-5 lead.
Skochdopole had a breakout offensive performance with four hits, five RBI and two runs scored. Coming into the weekend, the freshman shortstop had gone 3-for-21 at the plate with one run scored and two RBI in his first nine games played.
“Mel is going to be a really good player – it is just recognition of pitches right now,” Vittorio said. “As he gets a lot more at bats he is going to be a real good offensive player.”
Coughlin also had a career day at the plate, finishing with career highs of three hits and four runs scored. Senior Jimmy Roesinger tied a career-high three RBI on a 2-for-4 performance at the plate.
Junior Cameron Hobson (2-1) started on the mound for the Flyers and lasted five innings with five strikeouts. Tim Corbey just threw 1/3 of an inning, but stopped a Canisius six-run ninth inning to earn his first save of the season.
Canisius’ offense went through Brian Burton and Drew Pettit, whom both finished 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBI.
Dayton’s 14-11 game one victory was the first home win of the season at Time Warner Cable Stadium.
Game 2 Recap >>Box Score (Dayton 7, Canisius 6)
Seven runs in the fifth inning are all Dayton would need to complete a doubleheader sweep over Canisius in game two. The Flyers used 11 batters in the fifth with two homeruns, and five hits to erase a 4-0 Canisius lead.
The first six batters in the fifth inning scored for the Flyers. Junior Zach Stewart drove in the first runs of the inning with a three-run homerun to right field. After junior C.J. Gillman was hit by a pitch in the next at bat, senior Jonathan Castine cleared the bases with a two-run homerun in the same spot to give Dayton the go-ahead 5-4 lead.
Similar to his first three starts on the mound, junior Mike Hauschild (3-1) was at his strongest late in the game – retiring 17 of his last 23 batters at the plate. Hauschild’s day finished after eight innings pitched and seven strikeouts. The Beavercreek, Ohio native is averaging eight innings per start this season.
Junior Burny Mitchem allowed two runs – one unearned – in the ninth inning, but received his third save of the season after preserving Dayton’s one-run victory.