The Syracuse Spartans (20-13) bats were on fire against the Wellsville Nitros (13-17) this evening, as the Syracuse team racked up a season-high 22 hits in one game en route to the 17-7 victory.
Zach Soder got the nod for the Spartans in this game and the left-hander out of Belmont-Abbey continued his outstanding July. Soder went seven strong innings, allowing three runs on 11 hits. He moves to 4-1 on the season, and 3-0 in July.
While Soder took care of the mound, it looked like a homerun derby out there for the Spartans as four different players knocked it out of the park. Catcher Nick Cardieri, center fielder Cyrus Senior, first baseman Chris Schad and left fielder Micah Riddick all went yard. Senior hit a grand slam, while Riddick hit two bombs in the two and a half hour affair.
Riddick's performance was one for the ages, as the left fielder had five hits on the day, including two homeruns. The three-run bomb and two-run homer were just five of his seven RBI's on the day. He also scored three runs.
The bats didn't start warming up until the fifth inning, as Syracuse found itself down 2-0. Thrid baseman Britton Lawrence started the scoring for the Spartans, doubling Schad in. Lawrence also had a stellar day. Usually a utilty player, Lawrence went 5-6, scoring three runs and knocking one in.
That was the same inning (5th) Riddick hit his three-run homerun in. Not to be confused with the 7th inning, where he hit a two-run bomb.
Syracuse then poured it on from there, giving Soder some room to work with. The Spartans scored four runs in the fifth inning, six in the sixth inning, four more in the seventh inning, two in the eighth, and an extra one just for fun in the top of the ninth.
On the other side of the field, the Nitros racked up a hefty line of their own, racking up 17 hits off of the Spartan pitching staff. Their seven runs fell a little shy of the Spartans 17.
SPARTAN OF THE GAME: Micah Riddick
Riddick did it all, need I say more? He went 5-6 on the day, including homeruns number four and five on the season, while also knocking in seven runs.
Syracuse looks to keep their momentum going as they take on Rome for the third time in three days at Delutis Field tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 in the morning.