Palm Beach, Fla. (March 10) -- Sophomore Kevin O'Connor (Leominster, Mass./Leominster) pitched a complete-game, three-hit shutout in his first career start for Assumption as the Hounds defeated LIU Post by a 1-0 final in regional action on Monday afternoon. The Hounds had just one hit on the day and five base runners overall, but squeezed home a single run in the third that proved to be the difference.
The Hounds got on the board with all the offense they would need in the bottom of the third as sophomore Colin Clancy (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) reached after being hit by a pitch with two outs in the frame. Clancy then took advantage of three wild pitches by LIU Post starter Joey Arena and came around to score for the 1-0 lead. For the game, Arena allowed just one hit with no walks and six strikeouts while picking up the tough-luck loss.
Assumption nearly jumped on top in the bottom of the opening inning as junior Billy Johnson (Auburn, Mass./Holy Name) reached on a two-out throwing error by the shortstop. Johnson advanced to third on a single to center by junior Greg O'Donnell (Northbridge, Mass./Northbridge), but was stranded there after a line out to the shortstop ended the inning.
O'Connor allowed just two Pioneer base runners to move into scoring position while setting down LIU Post in order in six out of the nine innings in his dominant performance that required only 93 pitches.
For LIU Post, John Bellock was 1-for-4 in the leadoff spot, along with a 1-for-4 showing from Casey McKay in the No. 2 spot. David Greoeneveld came in as a pinch hitter in the designated hitter spot and picked up a hit in his lone plate appearance.
With the win, Assumption improves to 2-2 overall, while LIU Post drops to 2-2 on the season.
Assumption is back in action on Wednesday, March 12th as the Hounds take on Bloomfield College in a Noon start.
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