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Baseball misses chance at winning first conference series of 2019

by Matt Lauster and Paul Cifonelli - Staff Writers
Tue, Apr 9th 2019 09:25 pm
Junior pitcher Brandon Greenspan gets his feet set before turning his attention to the next Plattsburgh batter. Greenspan currently has a record of 1— 2 for the Golden Eagles in 17 innings pitched.
Junior pitcher Brandon Greenspan gets his feet set before turning his attention to the next Plattsburgh batter. Greenspan currently has a record of 1— 2 for the Golden Eagles in 17 innings pitched.

A rough patch for The College at Brockport baseball team continued after it lost another regular season series. This time around, the Golden Eagles dropped two games of a three game set against conference opponent, New Paltz.

Game one of the series was the first of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 6. Senior pitcher Alex Brown started the game on the mound for Brockport. There were no runs scored until the top of the fourth inning, when the Golden Eagles scored two. The first run, by way of a solo home run, came from freshman outfielder Ryan Mansell. The next run of the inning was scored by senior infielder Lou Miceli on an error by the Hawks. The lead did not last for long as the Hawks scored one run in the bottom of the fourth inning and three in the bottom of the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. 

The score remained 4-2 until the bottom of the seventh when New Paltz opened the floodgates with a five-run inning to take a 9-2 lead. Brockport was able to scrape together a few more runs before the game ended, but not enough to overcome the deficit. Miceli and junior outfielder Tom Kretzler were able to add three RBI’s in the last two innings, only to make Brockport’s losing score slightly more appealing at 9-5. 

In game two, Brockport was able to rebound from the disappointing game earlier in the day. The Golden Eagles got the offense rolling early with a run scored in the top half of the first inning as Mansell singled to drive in sophomore outfielder Nicholas Pastore. New Paltz answered in the bottom of the third inning and tied the game at one. However, Brockport took complete control in the next half inning. 

The Golden Eagles struck for eight runs in the top of the fourth inning on four hits and four walks. The highlight of the barrage was a three-run home run off the bat of junior infielder Daniel Delgazio. There was no offense to be seen the rest of the game and the score ended at 9-1, in favor of the Golden Eagles. Brockport’s starting pitcher, junior Trevor McCarthy, secured his second win of the season after throwing a complete game, striking out four batters and only allowing five hits.

Despite being the only pitcher on the day to get a win, McCarthy felt that he executed the same game plan as his fellow pitchers.

“Both of our starters threw great games as well,” McCarthy said. “Stuff just didn’t go our way in those games like it did in the second one.”

The third and final game of the series would also end in defeat for Brockport. Brockport would score its only run of the game in the top of the second inning after senior catcher Liam O’Leary drove in Miceli on a groundout to the second baseman. 

The game remained a pitcher’s duel until the seventh inning, when New Paltz erupted for five runs. Junior pitcher Brandon Greenspan, the starting pitcher, and sophomore pitcher Chris Cramer were both unable to record an out for Brockport during the inning.. The Hawks added another in the eighth inning to stretch the lead to 6-1. That score would hold out and Brockport once again dropped two games out of the three.

Head coach Justin Beach noticed that his team had the opportunities to capitalize on more than just one win in the series, but couldn’t execute.

“We didn’t get it done, we had opportunities to win each game and didn’t do it,” Beach said. “We need to continue to work so the next opportunity we can execute.”

Despite the disappointing weekend, Beach and his team are still playing the rest of the season with the same high level of intensity.

“We are viewing the rest of the season just as we view every game and practice,” Beach said. “Our expectations are that we will play hard and play with ever intent to win that pitch, that inning, that game, that practice, etc. Nothing changes, we stay consistent with our pursuit of success.”

After this weekend, Brockport holds an overall record of 9—15 with a good amount of time to improve for postseason play in the SUNYAC tournament. Even though the team has been through a rough patch, they are still looking for some postseason glory.

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