The La Roche University Redhawks began their AMCC Title defense with a victory as starting pitcher Travis Holman shut down Mt. Aloysius 5-1 in their opening game of the AMCC tournament. Holman went the distance, allowing just one run and no earned runs while striking out seven.
Mt. Aloysius struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
The Redhawks fought back in the bottom of the second inning. Spina led off the inning with a double and Nania followed with a 2-run shot deep over the right-centerfield wall and a 2-1 Redhawk lead. La Roche never looked back as Holman cruised over the final eight innings.
La Roche extended their lead in the fourth inning. The Redhawks used a pair of bunts to place runners on first and second and AMCC walks leader Jay Novak drew ball four to load the bases. Kifer came through with a 2-run single to score Spina and Roebuck and stretch their lead to three runs.
La Roche gave Holman a cushion with a run in the bottom of the eighth. Tristen Tinney launched a ball just inches short of a home run to advance to third with a standup triple. Nania used a groundout to first base to score Tinney and a 5-1 lead.
Holman followed with a scoreless ninth inning to advance the Redhawks in the AMCC Tournament winner's bracket.