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Baseball looks to strike SUNYAC opposition following Florida expedition

by Carson Werner
Tue, Mar 27th 2018 09:10 pm
Brockport's baseball team comes together for the national anthem before the start of its game against the Red Dragons.After 13 games,the team has come away with a mere five wins,but it's gradually getting closer to securing wins from close games.
Brockport's baseball team comes together for the national anthem before the start of its game against the Red Dragons.After 13 games,the team has come away with a mere five wins,but it's gradually getting closer to securing wins from close games.

Although the Florida trip did not turn out the way the team had hoped, the Golden Eagles are ready to take on their conference rivals. From March 10 to March 13, the team traveled to Auburndale to play four games against other Division III opponents it will not encounter again due to distance. The team ended with a record of one win and four losses, but its record does not represent the way they played. After enjoying the warmer weather and the gor- geous playing conditions, Brockport is ready to tear up the snow-dusted fields up north.

Brockport’s four defeats were only small marginal losses. The opposition, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Ramapo College, University of Mount Union and Suffolk University are all capable of putting up winning seasons on a yearly basis. With the scores being 4-5, 3-5, 7-9 and 8-10, they are all considered ‘good losses.’

The scores reflect that the team competed all nine innings each and every game. Junior infielder Matt Van Allen believes that what his team did will surely boost its

play later on.
“We faced some really impressive talent

in Florida,” Van Allen said. “We stood toe to toe with all of the teams that we played against, and I’m sure that will prepare us for a SUNYAC run.”

Junior infielder Charlie Serino believes that what his team did down in Florida is nothing short of impressive.

“Most of the teams we played were all ranked within the top 30, and to only lose by 1 or 2 runs shows us that we can hang and beat anyone in the country,” said Serino.

Brockport’s lone win came against Suf- folk University and it showcased the team’s offensive talent. The final score was 16-4 as the bats came alive for 19 hits. Following a shaky first inning by both teams, Brockport broke the 4-4 tie in the fourth and never looked back. The Golden Eagles put an incredible 10 runs on the board after batting through the lineup and taking quick care of Suffolk’s reliever.

This was not the only time Brockport had taken over a game offensively. In fact, the team did it twice against Alfred State before leaving for Florida. Vinny Bian- cuzzo, a junior infielder for Alfred State,

said Brockport does not have the caliber of power to completely dominate, but if it plays smart and sticks to the fundamentals, its game is unstoppable.

“They were more capable of clean base hits and doubles,” Biancuzzo said. “I didn’t see any of them being able to hit home runs consistently. Their pitchers also lack in power, but if they mix pitches and hit their spots, they’ll be able to win a lot of games.”

However, the team understands not every game will work out that way. The Florida voyage was a learning experience for both the coaches and players. The five games were able to give the team insight on what it needs to work on for upcoming matches.

Brockport’s kryptonite seems to appear in the later innings of a game. All sports fans know that the final minutes of a game are the most crucial. With very little room for error, pressure builds on the players when it comes to crunch time.

“The biggest downfall for us was closing out games in the 7th, 8th and 9th innings,” Van Allen said. “We have to have a mentality of knocking teams out in those innings to help our chances of winning the game,” said Van Allen.”

On the plus side, the season is still early and the team will surely get more experience on how to handle the late-game pressure. Their schedule shows no easy matchups from here on out.

Despite the lack of wins in Florida, the Golden Eagles do not feel deterred, nor should they. They are playing at their com- petition’s level and rarely find themselves blown out of a game. Now that winter is starting to come to an end, spring weather will soon lead to good field conditions, allowing the action-packed stretch of baseball games to begin. If they keep up their effort on and off the field, Brockport can expect great things from this group.

“We have to trust our training,” Van Al- Allen said. “We continuously work on things that we need to get better with and we have a great group of coaches who are all willing to make us better players.”

Brockport will play Oneonta at Monroe Community College for a scheduled doubleheader on March 26. The first game will begin at 12 p.m. and the other, depending on when game one finishes, is scheduled for 2 p.m.