CIC Tournament 1st Round: Dimond 10, Bartlett 7

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 23, 2022

Ryan Swanstrom pitched a one-inning save, drove in a run and made a sensational catch in left field to highlight No. 5 Dimond in a 10-7 victory over No. 8 Bartlett in the first round of the CIC Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium.

Starter Eli Lipinski earned the winning decision and went 2-for-5 with three RBIs for Dimond, which advanced to tomorrow's second round against No. 4 Service.

Dimond scored in every inning and held off a spirited Bartlett squad that scored the most runs versus the Lynx since 2006.

Luke Hoen tripled and scored on Pama Brito's RBI groundout for the winning run, making the score 8-5 in the fourth inning.

Swanstrom made maybe the defensive play of the year in the CIC when he made a diving catch and threw the ball all the way to first base to double up the runner for a rare 7-3 double play.

Lipinski's RBI gave Dimond a 4-1 lead in the second inning as the Lynx looked to repeat their 10-0 win over Bartlett earlier this season.

But the Golden Bears weren't going away.

Bartlett’s Carl Colavecchio’s RBI groundout made it 4-2 as he drove in both of his team’s first two runs. John Grantier’s triple drove in a run and he scored on an error to tie the game at 4.

Stephan and Lipinski each delivered RBIs in the third, just like they did in the second, to put Dimond ahead for good at 7-4.

But in the fifth inning, Bartlett pulled within 8-7 on Alex Egoak’s sac fly. And in the seventh inning the Bears brought the tying run to the plate with runners on second and third before Swanstrom ended the threat and the game.