Corzine hurls Pios past Acadiana in Metro opener
SCOTT – The Notre Dame Pioneers’ Metro League team opened its season in impressive fashion Wednesday, cruising to a 16-0 three-inning victory over Acadiana at the Rams home park.
Notre Dame took advantage of four Acadiana errors and 12 walks to earn the mercy-rule victory in a contest that saw 31 Pios step to the plate in three innings.
Acadiana, on the other hand, sent just 12 batters to the plate in the contest thanks to a stellar outing from Pio pitcher Mitch Corzine.
Corzine limited the homestanding Rams to just two hits while striking out four in three frames.
Acadiana starting pitcher Chance Vincent held the Pios to just one run in the first inning when Ricky Stoma reached base on an error and scored on a single to left by Pete Petitjean.
However, the wheels fell off for Vincent and the youthful Rams, a team consisting of all freshmen, in the second inning.
The Pios sent 15 batters to the plate in the inning, scoring 10 runs on six hits and six walks.
Austin Robichaux started things off with a double to right center field before eventually scoring on a wild pitch.
Tyler Melancon then walked and scored on a single to center by Stu Cook. Paiton McBride followed with an RBI triple before scoring himself on a double by Nick Gossen.
The onslaught continued when Luke Bourgeois walked and Stoma singled in the fifth run of the inning. Petitjean logged another RBI with a single to right before Acadiana recorded the first out of the inning. Three straight two-out walks plated the final run of the inning.
Trevor Bellard recorded a one-out double in the bottom of the inning and moved to third on a wild pitch before Corzine got out of the jam with a strikeout and a fly out to Cook at second base.
The Pios added the finishing touches in the top of the third inning, scoring six runs on two hits and six walks.
Corzine drove in one run on a sacrifice fly and Gossen plated two on a single to right. The final two runs both crossed the plate courtesy of wild pitches.
Corzine ended the game in the bottom of the inning with two strikeouts and another fly out to second base.
Gossen paced the Pios with a 2-for-3 performance that included a double and three RBI. Petitjean was 2-for-2 with two RBI and Stoma had two hits and one RBI.
McBride tripled and drove in one run; Cook singled and drove in one; Robichaux doubled and Corzine drove in one on a sacrifice fly.