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Baseball not to touch homebase for a month

by Panagiotis Argitis
Tue, Feb 27th 2018 09:00 pm
Junior infielder Matt Van Allen (above) swings and hits during a match up against Cortland last season. Brockport's baseball team is currently sitting on a 2—2 record following away trips to New Jersey and Virginia. The team's mental and physical strength is set to be tested as its next 11 games are scheduled to be played on the road. The heavy hitting Mount Saint Mary College is Brockport's next challenge.
Junior infielder Matt Van Allen (above) swings and hits during a match up against Cortland last season. Brockport's baseball team is currently sitting on a 2—2 record following away trips to New Jersey and Virginia. The team's mental and physical strength is set to be tested as its next 11 games are scheduled to be played on the road. The heavy hitting Mount Saint Mary College is Brockport's next challenge.

The first few games of a season reveal a new set of challenges, but those challenges provide important lessons for those who are willing to learn from them. The College at Brockport baseball team has already had six games under its belt, and it’s only been a week since the season started. But the demanding schedule has proven to be a learning process for the team. 

“We learned that every time we play this year, we’ll always have a target on our back,” sophomore pitcher Trevor McCarthy said. “Our schedule is tough and will only get toucher as we move on. But we will be able to understand and work on our team’s strengths and weaknesses every single game, which will have us prepared for the end of the season and the SUNYAC tournament.” 

The Golden Eagles are currently on a month-long run of away games that won’t end for another 11 matches. Despite having played four games in seven days, which in and of itself is exhausting, the team closed off the first week of the season with a respectable record of 2—2. 

Hit or miss, the team played hard, and as a whole, showed improvement this past weekend during the Virginia Beach Trip. This season’s trip marked the second consecutive year in which Brockport came up against Virginia competition; the only difference this year was that the team had versed four teams on back-to-back days. Stamina and strength levels were tested, but Brockport’s offseason work paid off—they left Virginia a better group than when it came. 

The trip’s first match was played on Friday, Feb. 23, against the Alfred State College Pioneers, where the Golden Eagles claimed their first victory of the season, taking the Pioneers apart with a final score of 16-2. The summer-like weather of Virginia Beach isn’t one that Brockport is familiar with in February, but the team had fun from the first pitch and it didn’t take long for them to take the lead. Junior infielder Anthony Eaton cleared the bases with a line drive double, putting Brockport on the scoreboard for a 3-0 lead. Following a consecutive successful number of hits, the team comfortably cruised to its first victory. 

The Golden Eagles went into the second game of the weekend against the Wesleyan College Marlins immediately after grabbing their first win, but the team’s momentum wasn’t enough as the insufficient rest time proved to take its toll. 

The first inning saw both teams failing to hit, but the Marlins recorded the first runs of the game in the second and left Brockport in the dust. From then on, Brockport did not convert on any of its run efforts and as a result, allowed the opposition to take a bigger lead. Although Brockport’s attempts of cutting into the Marlins’ lead were threatening, the team never scored, falling to the Marlins by 10-0.  

Before traveling back to Brockport, the team concluded the Virginia Beach weekend by tallying a consecutive victory over Alfred State College and its second win of the season. 

The high scoring total of 16-2 over the Pioneers during the first meeting between the two teams did not carry over to the second matchup, but was just as entertaining. To their surprise, the Golden Eagles fell into a deficit of three runs in the early stages of the game, but convincingly rallied back with a great hitting performance, ultimately coming out on top by 9-3. 

This past weekend’s trip was definitely not the last of the season, but the lessons taken away from the team’s experience are only going to make it better. 

Similarly to the last matches, Brockport’s next fixtures consist of a weekend-long away trip downstate, that includes three back-to-back ball games. 

The trip kicks off on Friday, March 2, with a game against Mount Saint Mary College, followed by a game versus Manhattanville College the next day, and ends on Sunday, March 4, in a matchup against Bard College.

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