The Patriots earned their first win of the season on Tuesday when they beat the Lincoln Lions 3-1 at Pilgrim in Division I baseball.
Tyler Parks, a senior, pitched a complete-game gem for the Pats and struck out six.
“We needed that one,” Pilgrim manager Nolan Landy said. “We’ve been close. We had a good game against North Kingstown that went into extra innings and we lost. But today Tyler threw the ball great. We’ve got some guys that are out sick. We’re shorthanded today. So that was a huge performance by Tyler.”
Parks was pumped up after leading his team to its first victory.
“It feels great,” Parks said. “The main goal coming into today was to get the outs that we needed to get and to put my team in the best position I possibly could to win the game, and I think I did just that.”
All three Pilgrim runs came in the bottom of the second, and all three were scored on errors.
The Pats got their first run when with runners at first and second, Will Pariseau, a senior, bunted back to the pitcher, who went to third, where the runner, Mike Hampson, also a senior, was safe, then Lincoln third baseman, Tyler McNulty fired high to first, over the head of the first baseman, Aidan Murtha, which allowed Hampson to come in and score.
Then with two down and runners at second and third, Pilgrim junior Cam Armenti launched a routine fly ball to left where the left fielder dropped it, and that let both Sean Gallagher and Pariseau in to score.
Lincoln’s lone run came in the sixth when Giancarlo Ricci, a junior, socked an RBI single to center and knocked in Marty Gaughan.
With the victory, Pilgrim improves its regular season record to 1-4. The Pats played the second half of the home-and-home series on Wednesday in Lincoln, but the score was unavailable at press time.
Parks felt confident that Tuesday’s win would help the team moving forward.
"I think we have huge momentum now going into tomorrow’s game against these guys again too," Parks said. "I think it’s just going to keep building up from here. It’s going to be one big snowball. So, we’re going to keep it rolling and we’re going to rack up some wins.”
Landy was happy with the win, but he wasn’t as certain.
“Starting off 0-4 is not ideal by any means," Landy said. "Everyone’s pressing a little bit. It’s good to kind of get that monkey off your back. I’d like to see us do some things a little bit better. Maybe swing the bat a little better in situations when we’ve got runners in scoring position. But we need to pitch and we need to play cleaner, and today, we did it.”