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Brockport baseball drops debut game

by Emily Astacio
Tue, Feb 20th 2018 09:00 pm
The Brockport baseball team (above) comes together for a huddle before the start of a ball game. Brockport had a rough opening weekend, falling to Drew University 4 to 1 on the team's first away game of the season. Brockport's second game of the past weekend was cancelled due to bad weather.
The Brockport baseball team (above) comes together for a huddle before the start of a ball game. Brockport had a rough opening weekend, falling to Drew University 4 to 1 on the team's first away game of the season. Brockport's second game of the past weekend was cancelled due to bad weather.

In a game that was cut short in the bottom of the seventh-inning, with two outs remaining due to winter snow, The College at Brockport baseball team opened it’s 2018 season on a down note starting 0-1 in win-loss column due to a 4-1, defeat against the Drew University Rangers in the first of a two-game road trip. 

“Yeah, starting the season on the road is never easy, but we have great group of guys this year that have battled a lot of adversity in the off-season to prepare us for this type of start,” senior center fielder  Luke Gilbert said. “We always start our season at Kean University. The weather was not ideal but something Coach always preaches is that we have to learn how to block out elements we cannot control ... I think we did a great job in focusing on the game despite the weather and helping each other out when the visibility got very low.”

The Golden Eagles left five runners on base and didn’t get their offense going. Their only run was a result of a baulk from senior Ranger pitcher Paul Roth in the top of the third inning that resulted in junior first baseman Anthony Eaton to score from third base. 

There was little spark in the Golden Eagles offense provided by returning upperclassman players like Gilbert, senior shortstop Austin Hall, junior first baseman Anthony Eaton and junior third baseman Lou Miceli, who are the only ones with hits to open the season. 

Starting pitcher senior Sam McCumiskey pitched 79 pitches in four innings, resulting with two runs scoring, three hits given up, five walks, and two strikeouts, until coach Justin Beach and his staff decided to go to the bullpen for the remainder of the game. 

“Honestly, to start on the road is always tough, but we do it not only to see good competition early in the year, but it is also always a great way to test and see what we got as a team, especially early on in the season,” junior infielder Charlie Serino said. “As for the weather, the visibility was definitely an issue. At first it was not that bad, but when we entered the sixth inning,  the snow was so bad it was impossible for players to get good reads and jumps on the ball, especially in the outfield. For hitters, it was very difficult to pick up the ball out of the pitchers hand.” 

Junior pitcher Jason Hellwig made his season debut on the mound in the fifth-inning with a strong command. Hellwig opened with a one-two-three inning, starting by catching Rangers designated hitter Matthew Lange looking in full count, and followed by striking out third baseman Joseph Grossane by swinging in a huge two-two count.  

On the top of the sixth inning with two outs, in desperate need, the Golden Eagles senior center fielder Luke Gilbert stole second base for the team’s final offensive spark, but to no avail with sophomore designated hitter Nik Malachowski striking out to follow. The Golden Eagles were hit-less for the top of the seventh and were out of chances.

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