HOBOKEN, N.J. – A pair of home runs by host Stevens were the deciding factor on Sunday afternoon as the State University of New York at New Paltz baseball team fell to the Ducks 3-0 in non-conference action at Dobbelaar Field.
The loss spoiled the return of first-year head coach Arlan Freeman, who served as an assistant coach for Stevens for four years from 2013-16.
With the defeat, New Paltz moves to 4-3 and will head to Rowan tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. Stevens improves to 5-8-1.
Junior Conor Donachie (Garden City, N.Y./Chaminade) earned the start and suffered the defeat, moving to 2-1. The righty threw 5 1/3 innings, giving up six hits, three earned runs and three walks while striking out four.
Junior right-hander Ryan Votypka (Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park) tossed the final 2 2/3 frames, surrendering just one hit while punching out four.
Offensively, the Hawks managed six hits led by two from freshman Savino Citriniti (Middletown, N.Y./Pine Bush).
Sophomore Justin Ganca (Merrick, N.Y./Bellmore John F. Kennedy) ripped a triple down the left field line in the fourth while junior Nick DePietro (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel), junior Dwayne Page (Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Connetquot) and sophomore Ryan Frost (Beacon, N.Y./Beacon) all registered a base knock each.
For Stevens, the Ducks tallied seven hits and enjoyed the long ball with a solo shot in the second followed by a two-run blast in the fifth.