ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – Freshman first baseman Luke Strobl (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Lakeview HS) notched his first collegiate home run, jump-starting the Warriors offensive attack Saturday as the baseball team beat Robert Morris University-Springfield by scores of 12-5 and 7-3.
It didn't take long for the home team to start putting runs on the scoreboard. A pair of back-to-back homers in the first inning from Strobl and Ray Yesh (Dearborn, Mich./Allen Park Cabrini HS) gave the Warriors an early lead.
Two additional runs in the second inning extended Rochester's lead, but the visiting Eagles battled back in the third, tallying five runs of their own.
Without missing a step, the RC bats went back to work, adding five more to the scoreboard in the next two innings, to win the first game 12-5.
Junior pitcher Johnny Barretto (Colonia, N.J./Colonia HS) earned the win and sophomore Ron Carter (Royal Oak, Mich./Royal Oak HS) struck out three Robert Morris batters in the seventh.
In the second matchup of the day, senior Caleb Tifft (Auburn Hills, Mich./Avondale HS) took the mound for the Warriors. The teams traded runs in the first inning, but Rochester pulled ahead in the second by one.
Defenses took over for the next three innings, but the game was decided in the sixth. Robert Morris showed an offensive spark as the team notched two runs and grabbed its first lead of the day.
Undaunted, the Warriors repeated their efforts from the first game, staying focused and going to work at the plate. A series of RBIs, including a baseline grounder from senior Ryan Chipka (Waterville, OH/Anthony Wayne HS) that brought in two teammates, gave RC the lead again and ultimately proved to be too much for the visitors to overcome.
Tifft pitched all seven innings for the win, as the home team moved to 20-21 on the season. The Warriors take on the visiting Eagles again Sunday, with the first game of the double header starting at 11 a.m.