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Baseball Team Sweeps Doubleheader; Evens Record at 3-3

February 24, 2012

After dropping its first three games of the 2012 campaign due in large part to a sequence of uneven performances on the mound, St. Louis Community College needed a boost from its starting pitchers. The Archers received just that on Thursday, as quality performances from both sophomore right-handers Andrew Reidt and Eric Tieftenthaler helped the Archers to a doubleheader sweep of Fontbonne University.

Game 1: STLCC 8, Fontbonne 3

Reidt worked four innings in the opener, allowing two runs on two hits before yielding to right-hander Aaron Dunkley, who worked two innings to pick up the win in relief. The Archers did the majority of their damage offensively in the fifth inning, scoring seven runs, highlighted by a Koby Chadick grand slam.

Game 2: STLCC 6, Fontbonne 2

Tiefenthaler worked the nightcap, working four serviceable innings to gain the victory. However, the biggest outs of the night were provided by reliever Connor Hales, who entered the game with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth with the Archers clinging to a 3-2 lead. Hales promptly induced an inning-ending double play before working a 1-2-3 fifth.

“There’s a tricky situation, a turning point in the ballgame, and he makes the pitch we need,” said head coach Tony Dattoli. “It was evident today that today he was confident enough to make his pitches and get the result we wanted, a double play.”

Coupled with a win the previous night against Lindenwood University-Belleville, the doubleheader sweep quickly erased the memory of the Archers’ season-opening three-game set against Des Moines Area College and created a measure of momentum for the Archers.

“I think it clears our head and gets us back on stable ground,” Dattoli said. “Regardless of who we’re playing, these guys are out here to beat you. Our adage here is ‘Everybody’s good until you beat them.’ You can’t take anybody lightly. I think we gave two games away against the Des Moines Area team, but we’re cleaning that up and we’re going to be OK.”