UVM Cats sweep NJIT baseball series

NEWARK, N.J. Brad Currier (Essex Junction, Vt.), Ethan Paquette (West Burke, Vt.) and Kyle Massie (Rutland, Vt.) led an impressive offensive assault as Vermont swept a non-conference college baseball doubleheader from NJIT, 17-2 and 17-6, last Sunday afternoon at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium. Currier went 3-for-3 and drove in seven runs in the opener while in the second game, Massie went 3-for-5 with four runs batted in. In both games Paquette went 5-for-7 with 5 RBI. The Catamounts (13-11) took all four games in the series against the Highlanders and now have won seven of their last eight contests. In addition to scoring 34 times Sunday, UVM had 28 hits and drew 16 walks in the twinbill. After NJIT jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead in game one, Currier had a pair of two-run singles and Paquette drilled a three-run homer to give Vermont an 8-2 advantage in the third. Paquette added a sacrifice fly as the Cats added two more in the fourth and Currier belted his first career homer, a three-run shot, in a seven-run sixth. Currier came into the game with just four RBI on the season driving in seven, the most by a Catamount in a single-game this season. Jeff Nolet (Concord, Mass.) walked twice and drove in three runs with a bases loaded double. Matt Duffy (Milton, Mass.) also went 2-for-5 in game one. Keith Rakus (West Suffield, Conn.) settled down after the first and went six strong innings to pick up the victory. Rakus (2-3) allowed only four hits, two after the first, two walks while striking out four. Just one of the NJIT runs was earned. Rob Pietrocola (2-3) took the loss and Matt Schlitter had two of the Highlanders four hits. A three-run homer by Miguel Lugo gave NJIT a 6-2 edge in the second inning of the nightcap before the Catamounts came roaring back. Massie had a two-run single in the top of the third as UVM batted around to score five times to regain the lead. Vermont scored at least one in all seven innings and had three in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth to put the contest away. The Catamounts finished with 16 hits and stole eight bases. Massie had a single, double and a triple while freshman Jason Leclerc (Chicopee, Mass.) went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Miguel Magrass (West Roxbury, Mass.) went 2-for-2 with three walks, stole twice and had two RBI. Todd Allen (Oriskany, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 with two RBI while Justin Milo (Edina, Minn.) stole three bases. Kyle Henry (Brattleboro, Vt.) survived a rocky start to pick up his second victory of the year. Henry (2-2) went six innings allowing just one hit after the second. NJIT (2-28) had seven hits in game two with Schlitter adding two more and Dom Hayes went 2-for-3. The first of five pitchers, Anthony Corsi (0-2) took the loss. The Catamounts return north and host Dartmouth Tuesday at 5:30pm in their home opener at historic Centennial Field. After a game Wednesday at Quinnipiac, Vermont returns to America East play next weekend hosting Stony Brook in a four-game series, Friday through Sunday, April 18-20. Admission is free to all UVM regular season home games at Centennial Field. Special thanks to the University of Vermont for permission to reprint this story. To learn more about UVM sports, visit www.uvm.edu/~sportspr for the latest news about varisty athletics..

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