The Bryan Torresani era started off with a 4–3 victory on Saturday morning against the Swarthmore Garnet. The first-year head coach was happy to see his team come out with the victory.
“It was a good to start the season off with a win,” Torresani said. “I’m proud of the way our guys hung in all pulled it out.”
As a team, Arcadia picked up a total of four hits and four runs, while Swarthmore picked up three runs, seven hits and two errors.
Relief pitcher Connor Laigiae picked up the win for the Knights, despite only facing one batter. Starting pitcher Mike Boulanger went five and two-thirds innings, giving up four hits, three earned runs and striking out four. Senior closer Chris Keeser came in to pick up the save in the seventh, pitching the full inning and giving up one hit, one walk, and striking out one batter.
Keeser was pleased with the team’s performance and is happy to start his senior season out with a win.
“This is the exact way we wanted to start this season,” the Barnegat, N.J. native said. “Mike [Boulanger] gave us some quality innings, which we needed. It was a shame he couldn’t pull out the win, but I know our guys will help him out next time.”
Swarthmore starter Ricky Conti picked up the loss, going five and two-thirds, with four runs allowed, three earned runs, two walks and two strikeouts.
Boulanger started out the day giving up a double to Swarthmore’s Charles Levitt in the first at-bat of the game. Boulanger clamped down the rest of the inning, forcing the straight outs to the two, three and four hitters for the Garnet.
In the home half of the first inning, Conti struggled on the mound for the Garnet. With the first pitch of the game, Conti hit sophomore Bryan Gillen in the leg. In the next at bat, senior outfielder Jordan Chasmar singled through the right side of the infield, advancing Gillen to second. Two at-bats later, after the runners advanced on a Nick Ponente ground out to the pitcher, catcher Jordan Draude singled to center bringing in both runners.
After that, it was a pitcher’s duel until the top of the fourth inning when Swarthmore notched in a run. The first batter of the inning, Cole Beeker, launched a double down the right field line. Gillen then came to the plate for his second at-bat of the game. Gillen grounded out to short, allowing Beeker to move over to third. Three pitches later, sophomore third baseman Conor Elliott hit a sacrifice fly, with Beeker scoring. Swarthmore trailed 2–1.
The action didn’t pick up again until the sixth inning where the Garnet tied up the game. Boulanger started out the inning by walking senior outfielder Ryan Burnett. Two batters later, Burnett stole second, moving him into scoring position. Just like in the fourth, Beeker smashed another double, this time over the centerfielder’s head, and allowing Burnett to trot in. Freshman Holden Bridge came in to pinch-run for Beeker and moved over to third on a Gillen groundout. Elliott returned to the plate and drove Bridge in with a single to center, tying the game at three. The Garnet would take the 3–2 lead into the bottom half.
It didn’t take long for the Knights to reclaim the lead, as in the bottom half of the inning, the team would go on to score the tying run as junior Pat Shevlin doubled to center, allowing Ponente to score. Shevlin then stole third and would score the game-winning run after catcher Kenji Yoshii sailed the ball into left field trying to gun Shevlin down.
The teams are set to square off again this afternoon with first pitch being set for 12:20 p.m.