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Baseball sets sight on Oneonta following close defeat to Fredonia

by Panagiotis Argitis - Sports Editor
Tue, Apr 24th 2018 09:00 pm
The College at Brockport baseball team honors the service men and women of the greater community during the third annual Hometown Annual ballgame. The special event was also the first time during which Brockport played on its home field. The triple-header matchup was held this past weekend against Fredonia. Brockport won one of three games.
The College at Brockport baseball team honors the service men and women of the greater community during the third annual Hometown Annual ballgame. The special event was also the first time during which Brockport played on its home field. The triple-header matchup was held this past weekend against Fredonia. Brockport won one of three games.

Ups and downs are part of all ball games. In SUNYACs, no team has stayed perfect all season, including The College at Brockport baseball team. Brockport is currently sitting on a nine and eight conference record, good enough for third place in the SUNYAC standings. Despite its podium spot, the team is still fighting for a perfect rhythm.    

When it comes to getting results, Brockport has not been able to get it done on a game-to-game basis. The team has been bouncing off wins and hard losses throughout the entire year, with its only consistent streak of victories coming from a clean sweep of last-place Plattsburgh during a series played a month ago. 

The same pattern followed in Brockport’s most recent series, which took place this past weekend, and saw the team miss the chance to close in on its rival. 

The series was made up of three different games which spread from Saturday at noon throughout noon on Sunday, and were played against fifth place Fredonia. Apart from being Brockport’s second-to-last conference opposition, the series also marked Brockport’s first badge of home games of the season, which made for a great atmosphere. 

In addition to that, the contest marked the third annual Hometown Heroes event in which Brockport’s baseball team, staff and fans honor the service men and women from the greater community. 

The first of three games started and the loud sounds from the home crowd’s excitement quickly faded to a total silence. Brockport did not score from a single run all game. Fredonia’s pitchers kept the home team’s hitters quiet, and cruised on its way of taking advantage of the triple-header with an 8-0 victory in the first game. 

“There will always be games in which a pitcher has their best stuff lined up,” sophomore pitcher Trevor McCarthy said. “Unfortunately for us, two of their starting pitchers did very well and we just came up short.” 

Everything changed for the second frame of the triple. Brockport completely turned it around and was able to capitalize early. During the first inning, the Golden Eagles outplayed the Blue Devils by eight and shut them out of scoring. A big influence to the huge start was freshman outfield prospect Nicholas Pastore, who was hot at bat and went to record a homerun, three runs and five RBI. After scoring six more runs throughout six innings, Brockport tied up the series with a convincing win of 14-5 and closed the first day of competition at a stalemate of 1-1. 

The third and final game of the series was good for a much closer contest than those of the first day. Brockport managed to get to third base within the first inning and touch second base in the third; however, those efforts did not put the team onto the scoreboard. The Golden Eagles scored one run in the third but were unmatched by the Blue Devils’ three runs, which would go to ultimately finish off the Eagles. Fredonia had the lead, and despite being shut down for a majority of the remainder innings, the team scored one, and Brockport was not able to come back into the game. 

Fredonia took the series victory with a 4-2 win from the third game, but despite the negative result, Brockport is looking ahead to the ending stages of the season. 

With Fredonia in the books, the Golden Eagles only have their upcoming and last SUNYAC matchup to look forward to, with the exclusion of a few non-conference games. Brockport’s last SUNYAC opponent of the 2018 schedule is Oneonta. 

The team’s been struggling for form and has only won five of 14 conference games played, so Brockport will be looking to improve its SUNYAC record to 10 wins.

“We want to be playing our best baseball at the end of the year because that’s what counts,” McCarthy said. “We need to end on a good note against Oneonta and take some positive momentum with us onto SUNYACs.” 

The game versus Oneonta will be Brockport’s second at home and will take place on Wednesday, April 25, at 3 p.m.