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Baseball evens record at three with two Bard losses

by Matt Lauster - Staff Writer
Wed, Mar 6th 2019 02:00 pm
Sophomore pitcher Chris Cramer listens to head coach Justin Beach (right) during a team meeting on the mound. Cramer was named to the DIII Team of the Week as a relief pitcher for his performance at Baldwin Wallace.
Sophomore pitcher Chris Cramer listens to head coach Justin Beach (right) during a team meeting on the mound. Cramer was named to the DIII Team of the Week as a relief pitcher for his performance at Baldwin Wallace.
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While riding a three-game win streak, The College at Brockport baseball team headed into a double-header against an unfamiliar opponent, Bard College. 

According to senior third baseman Lou Miceli, the current win streak the Golden Eagles have been on has given the team both confidence and trust in each other.

“I do think the team has momentum in terms of confidence,” Miceli said. “We are starting to build off of each other’s energy and bring positive attitudes with a strong work ethic day in and day out. It definitely has a translation to game day.”

Freshman second baseman Justin Pangburn also believes the win streak has helped to build trust among the team.

“So far this team has been very focused and energetic,” Pangburn said. “We have all been working together and have been believing in the person next to us to get the job done day in and day out. This team has a lot of depth and a lot of guys who are able to get the job done.”

Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, their three-game win streak would end abruptly after dropping both matchups to the Raptors on Sunday, March 3 by scores of 4-3 and 10-5, respectively.

Game one would not have any runs scored until the Raptors put two on the board in the bottom of the third inning. The first run came off a sacrifice fly to center field from sophomore Jordan Myers that would score senior Rory Maglich. The next batter, junior Dillon Daine, tripled and drove in the second run of the inning. 

Brockport would answer back with a run of its own in the following inning. Senior third baseman Anthony Eaton hit a single, driving in junior outfielder Tom Kretzler and making the score 2-1. That would be the only run the Golden Eagles would muster in the top of the fourth.

Both teams would go scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Raptors would have another multi-run inning. The first run came on a double by senior Chris Blake. The second run of the inning was singled in by junior Esteban Rivera.

In the final inning of the game the Golden Eagles would fall just short after scoring two runs. The rally started when freshman catcher Ryan Voight hit a sacrifice fly that drove in senior shortstop Charlie Serino. Brockport made it a one run game when freshman outfielder Ryan Mansell hit a double to score Kretzler. However, the Golden Eagles would fail to even the score after leaving a man stranded on second to end the game.

The second Brockport loss was much less of a nail-biter. Brockport took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when freshman Ryan Mansell and Eaton scored on a Raptor error. The Golden Eagles scored again in the top of the third after Miceli raced home on a wild pitch, making the score 3-0.

However, in the bottom of the third the whole dynamic of the game changed. Bard began with six runs on five hits. With the bases loaded, freshman Alex Luscher hit a single that would drive in both Myers and freshman Robert Aricola. With the bases loaded yet again, freshman Spencer Checkoway drew a walk that evened the score at three. 

The next two runs of the inning came from a single by Luscher. Aricola drove in the final run of the frame, giving the Raptors a 6-3 advantage. Bard added another run in the bottom of the fourth on a single by freshman Gunnar Schichtl that scored Myers, making the score 7-3. Bard College would make the score 8-3 in the bottom of the fifth after a fielder’s choice would bring in Maglich. Both Bard and Brockport scored late in the game, but the Raptors ended up winning 10-5. 

Now with a record of 3—3, Brockport will have to go back to the drawing board after a rough Sunday. The Golden Eagles will look to rebound when they take on the 11th ranked team in the country, University of Southern Maine, and Trinity College on Sunday, March 10.

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