St. Joe, Floyd stymie Curley

Gaels triumph, 4-0, behind three-hitter, Sargent's two home runs


April 03, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The first good weather day for baseball this spring wasn't without incident as Joe Sargent's bat provided the thunder and Gavin Floyd's 92 mph fastball the lightning in Mount St. Joseph's 4-0 victory over Archbishop Curley in Irvington yesterday.

Sargent homered twice for three runs while Floyd consistently ran the ball up to home plate at 92 to 93 mph through seven innings much to the delight of the pro scouts, although he had rare control problems.

Floyd pitched a three-hit shutout with nine strikeouts and an uncharacteristic seven walks spoiling an otherwise strong outing by the Friars' Brooks Norris.

Norris scattered seven hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter on 82 pitches, but got no offensive support.

No. 3-ranked Curley (3-2) defeated the No. 2 Gaels (4-1) three times in the regular season last year only to lose a 4-2 eight-inning decision in the playoffs, the only game Floyd pitched against them.

Yesterday, Floyd set the Friars down in order only once (fourth), struggling on 108 pitches in his first outing in 10 days.

"It's almost like coming out here and facing Nolan Ryan, " said Norris.

"You have to play a tremendous defensive game, get great pitching, but you also have to hit the ball [to beat Floyd]. Today I made two major mistakes and that cost us."

Sargent, who will be Norris' teammate at the University of Maryland next year, each receiving a baseball scholarship, drilled the first pitch over the fence in deep left-center leading off the fourth.

Floyd followed with a doubleand his courtesy runner, Alex Will, came home later on a throwing error for a 2-0 lead.

Ryan Doggett's second hit of the game, a single to center, came with one out on the bottom of the fifth. Norris then got the second out before making a mistake on a 3-2 pitch to Sargent, who went deep to left for a two-run homer.

"I came back with a slider and hung it, and he hit a bomb," said Norris.

Sargent said Norris had thrown him five straight curveballs before the slider.

"As a team, we're starting to hit the ball right now and gaining confidence," said Sargent.

"I think we have a better hitting team than we did last year."

Curley also might have a better hitting club, but could not get that clutch hit yesterday. The Friars left the bases full in the first and stranded two runners in each of the sixth and seventh innings.

Dan Prevatt beat out an infield hit with one out in the seventh, and Justin Tester ripped a shot with double written all over it. Gaels third baseman Alex Rodgers' diving backhand stab and ensuing throw turned it into a forceout at second.

Floyd walked Norris before ending the game on a strikeout.

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