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Brockport retaliates against Fredonia in weekend doubleheader

by Matt Lauster - Staff Writer / Paul Cifonelli - Staff Writer
Tue, Apr 16th 2019 11:00 pm
Junior starting pitcher Trevor McCarthy swings his leg around after delivering a pitch to a Plattsburgh batter. McCarthy has been one of Brockport's most consistent pitchers this year with an earned run average of 2.55 and 39 strikeouts in 53 innings of work.
Junior starting pitcher Trevor McCarthy swings his leg around after delivering a pitch to a Plattsburgh batter. McCarthy has been one of Brockport's most consistent pitchers this year with an earned run average of 2.55 and 39 strikeouts in 53 innings of work.

Following a series loss against New Paltz, The College at Brockport baseball team has responded with wins in three of its last four games. That span of victories includes a series win against conference competitor, Fredonia. 

Taking two of the three games, the Golden Eagles secured its first series win against a SUNYAC program this year.

The first match of a three game set was on Friday, April 12. Senior pitcher Alex Brown took the mound for Brockport in the first game and did not have his greatest showing. Fredonia’s bats came early and with authority, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. 

Brown was able to find his groove for a while after, but ran into trouble again in the sixth inning. Two more runs from the Blue Devils pushed the lead to 4-0. Brown allowed a baserunner in the seventh before being replaced by sophomore pitcher Matt Colucci, who allowed the run to score. Colucci allowed one final run in the eighth inning as Brockport failed to push back against Fredonia, losing the game 6-0.

Game two, which took place on Saturday, April 13, was the first game of the doubleheader where Brockport was able to respond with a win that evened up the weekend series. The Golden Eagles’ success began with a decent outing from their starting pitcher, junior Trevor McCarthy. Fredonia opened scoring with two runs in the bottom of the third inning and were the only blips on the radar for McCarthy.

The score remained the same until a big offensive inning from Brockport in its half of the fifth inning. The first runs of what would be a four-run inning for the team came off the bat of junior outfielder Tom Kretzler after he hit a two-run home run to tie the game. Junior shortstop Aaron Cook added to the big inning for the Golden Eagles after hitting a two run single that put Brockport in front by a score of 4-2. 

With solid defense and pitching from both sides, the score was left unchanged and Brockport secured the close win to start the day. McCarthy’s dominating performance was the storyline throughout the game. In his fifth win of the season, he threw a complete seven-inning game, only giving up two runs and not allowing a single free base. 

The third and final game of the series was not a close contest, as the team won in dominant fashion. Brockport was the first team to score after Cook drove in senior third baseman Lou Miceli with a single. In the top of the fourth, Cook drove Miceli in yet again, making the score 2-0 in favor of the Golden Eagles. Fredonia had a quick answer after an error in the Brockport infield allowed an unearned run to cross the plate, cutting the Golden Eagles’ lead in half. Brockport managed to get out of the inning with the lead still intact by a score of 2-1.

Miceli noticed a difference in the way the team played between the game on Friday and the first matchup on Saturday.

“We capitalized on errors and free bases,” Miceli said. “We ran the bases aggressively and we played to the situation. We didn’t give away at bats as much and we competed every pitch, resulting in a better outcome.”

The dynamic of the game changed in the top of the fifth and sixth innings, however, when the Golden Eagles exploded with back-to-back three run innings. In the fifth, sophomore Nicholas Pastore scored on a wild pitch and Miceli and senior catcher Liam O’Leary drove in one run a piece.

The offense continued to pour it on for Brockport in the next inning. Pastore drove in two runs on a single and senior shortstop Charlie Serino stole home on a set play. Cook added to his big day in the top of the seventh with a two-run homerun, bringing Brockport’s score to double digits. Fredonia tacked on two more runs to make the score a little more appealing in the ninth, but Brockport secured the seven-run win by a score of 10-3.

Head coach Justin Beach expressed how the team was able to rebound from losing the first game of the series and winning the next two.

“We have scored runs, pitched much better and played good defense,” Beach said. “Also, we have put pressure on the other team while capitalizing on their mistakes.”

With Brockport starting to turn the corner, it has gotten the whole team excited with postseason play in sight. The Golden Eagles look to continue its hot streak with three games this week. 

On Wednesday, April 17, Brockport plays host to Ithaca College for one game. In honor of Brockport’s senior day, the neighboring University of Rochester will pay Brockport a visit on Saturday, April 20, for a doubleheader.