PEMBROKE, N.C. - The Salem International University baseball team was swept by Collegeiate Baseball Newspaper #21 ranked UNC-Pembroke in their opening weeked of 2013.
The Tigers drop to 0-3 while the Braves improve to 6-0 in the young season.
In game one of saturday's double-header, SIU fell behind early and failed to light up the scoreboard, ending in a 16-0 loss for SIU.
"In the first game, I thought we did a poor job on the mound," said first year coach Shawn Pynn. "We were also striking out way too often. Which is a bad combination."
Salem's Dayon Lopez (Hialeah, FL) and Scott Schlapinski (St. Petersburg, FL) were 2-for-4 at the plate. Senior pitcher Myles Swartz (Thornhill, ONT, Canada) gave up 12 runs (10 ER) on 17 hits in 5.0 innings pitched. Fellow classmate Elliot Swiatly (Lake In The Hills, IL) came in for relief in the bottom of the 6th, but gave up four runs of his own on 5 hits.
"They (Pembroke) just hit the heck out of the ball. Every mistake we made they capitalize on."
All was not lost, however, as SIU made the most of the second game. Jayson Barnes (Fort Washington, MD) led off the game with a double and stole third on the next at-bat. After Jack Humphrey (Oakland, CA) fouled out, the senior crossed home plate and gave the Tigers their first lead of the day.
Freshman pitcher Anthony Bariso (Tarpon Springs, FL) blanked the Braves for the first 6 innings, rutinely getting out of jams with spot-on pitching and a Tiger defense that seemed to have finaly woke up.
"The second game was a different story. (Antonio) Bariso was absolutely dominating on the mound," said Pynn.
It was however, not to be as Pembroke scored a run in the 7th and 8th innings to seal the victory and take both games on the day.
"Unfortunitely the bats are still coming along slowly and that happens early on in the season. I imagine that, if we play this well when we go back home we will have quite a bit of success."
For the series, Dayon Lopez was 5-for-11 (.455) and an RBI. Scott Schlapinski went 4-for-11 and a double. Emilio Lollio (Carleton, MI) had a 1-3 weekend and also had a double. Jayson Barnes went 2-for-12 with one run scored and two doubles. Jack Humphrey rouned out the Tiger's with a 2-of-10 weekend that included an RBI.
"We played the #21 team in the country and won't see many teams like this again," continued Pynn. "I think it's a good experience to for these guys to come down here early (in the season), understand that we can play side by side with these guys, and not to be intimidated."
Article posted on 2013-02-10 14:09:19