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Baseball sweeps Baldwin Wallace in doubleheader

by Matt Lauster - Staff Writer & Paul Cifonelli - Staff Writer
Tue, Feb 26th 2019 09:00 pm
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After a trip to West Virginia that would encompass the four games that got cancelled due to weather, The College at Brockport baseball team played a double header against Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday, Feb. 23 instead.

Despite the cancellations, the Golden Eagles were not thrown off kilter according to junior outfielder Thomas Kretzler.

“Our game schedule is constantly changing,” Kretzler said. “It’s something we have to work around every year. We’re always ready to play regardless of schedule changes.”

The games against Baldwin Wallace would be the first double header the Golden Eagles had to play this season. Kretzler, believed that everyone on the team, including himself, was not disturbed by surprise scheduling.

“We handled it very well,” Kretzler said.“Both games were close and competitive so we didn’t have much trouble staying focused and energetic throughout the day.”

The Golden Eagles would win both games against the Yellow Jackets by scores of 3-1 and 5-3.

Runs were scarce in game one. Baldwin Wallace would take the first lead in the bottom of the third inning after senior Asa Adams scored off of a sacrifice fly from Alex Ludwick. The score would remain 1-0 following some great pitching from both teams until the top of the eighth when the Golden Eagles would tie the game with a solo home run from Kretzler. After a scoreless ninth inning, the game would head to extra innings. 

The top of the tenth inning is where the game saw the most offensive action when Brockport scored two runs, proving to be the difference maker in the game. Senior third baseman Lou Miceli was the hero when he drove in Kretzler and sophomore outfielder Nicholas Pastore with a clutch double. Sophomore Chris Cramer picked up the save after throwing the final three, scoreless innings. 

The second game of the day between Brockport and Baldwin Wallace saw a significant increase in offense. When asked about the reason behind that, Kretzler credited his team for overcoming some tough pitching from the Yellow Jackets and getting more comfortable as the day progressed.

“We struggled early on due to some good pitching from Baldwin Wallace,” Kretzler said. “The second game we got more comfortable at the plate and put a couple more runs on the board.”

Brockport scored the first run of the game in the top of the second when junior Daniel Delgazio drove in senior Anthony Eaton on a fielder’s choice. Baldwin Wallace would answer back by scoring the next two runs in the game, coming in the fourth and sixth innings. In the top of the eighth, the Golden Eagles would tie the game at two runs a piece when junior Brad Nowak doubled to left field, driving in senior Jason Hellwig. 

The last inning of the game is where the offense produced some runs, using the help of some Yellow Jacket errors. The Golden Eagles would score three runs in the top of the ninth inning. Senior Charlie Serino and Delgazio both scored on an error by a Baldwin Wallace outfielder. Kretzler scored Brockport’s final run of the game on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth. Baldwin Wallace would answer back with a run of their own in the bottom of the ninth after an RBI triple from JT Mazula. However, Brockport still walked away victorious. 

According to Kretzler, close games like the ones at Baldwin Wallace are what help the team chemistry.

“Games like these bring the team together because everyone has to be ready to step up at any time,” Kretzler said. “Considering the depth of our roster, we’re able to make a lot of changes and being able to trust all of your teammates is huge for team chemistry.”

After winning both games of the double header, Brockport currently has a 3—1 record to start the season. With that, the Golden Eagles will look to use the hot start to build momentum for the rest of the non-conference schedule.

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