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Baseball wins one of four in opening weekend

by Paul Cifonelli - Sports Editor
Wed, Feb 26th 2020 12:05 pm
Senior Daniel Delgaizo makes contact with a pitch last season.
Senior Daniel Delgaizo makes contact with a pitch last season.

In baseball, the adjustment from practicing indoors to playing outside is one that can take multiple games. For the pitchers, they are facing batters they are not familiar with and have to deal with whatever weather is present, which can affect their grip on the ball. Batters have to deal with a deeper backdrop that can affect their depth perception. With all those adjustments being made during the first weekend, The College at Brockport baseball team struggled in its first four games of the season.

Brockport traveled to Ferrum, Virginia, for two games against Ferrum College and two games against Alfred State College. The Golden Eagles took on the host school on Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22, while they faced Alfred State on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23.

Ferrum did not welcome its guests nicely, as it defeated Brockport 12-8 in the opener. The Golden Eagles outhit the Panthers 12-9, but their two errors and seven walks allowed Ferrum to score easy runs.

Sophomore infielder Ryan Voight did most of Brockport’s damage on offense, collecting two hits, including a three-run home run, and five RBIs. Sophomore infielder Justin Pangburn also had two hits and two RBIs.

Senior pitcher Trevor McCarthy got the start on the mound in the season opener, throwing 5.1 innings and allowing five earned runs. McCarthy also tallied five strikeouts. For the starting pitcher, the excitement of the first game got to him.

“Every time we play our first game of the year, there is definitely excitement and jitters,” McCarthy said. “We have a lot of the same faces from last year and some new guys that fit fit in well, so I wouldn’t say the preparation was much different for any of us compared to other games.”

Brockport’s next game was against Alfred State and the Pioneers dominated the later stages of the game. They scored two runs in the fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth innings to take an 8-3 win.

Junior outfielder Nicholas Pastore and senior outfielder Tom Kretzler had three hits apiece for the Golden Eagles, as Kretzler also scored three runs and hit a triple. Senior pitcher Kyle Canavally threw four scoreless innings with six punchouts.

The Golden Eagles’ second crack at Ferrum yielded the same result as the first. The Panthers captured a 5-2 win despite each team having nine hits. Sophomore outfielder Ryan Mansell tallied three hits in five at bats and Voight and sophomore infielder James Houlahan had two hits apiece. Junior pitcher Aaron Huffman racked up eight strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

The final game of the weekend yielded the Golden Eagles’ only win, a 12-8 victory over Alfred State. Senior infielder Daniel Delgaizo drove in three runs for Brockport, while Voight, Pangburn and junior catcher Jake Sisto all had one RBI. Junior pitcher Matthew Colucci got the win for Brockport, pitching two innings and picking up two strikeouts.

Salvaging a win in the final game of the weekend was very important for Brockport, according to Voight.

“It was huge getting this win today to give us confidence moving forward,” Voight said. “We don’t truly have a set lineup right now and that’s not a bad thing. We have a bunch of dogs all across our lineup that are just waiting for their opportunity. We definitely have to clean up some things moving forward, but we know what we can do and what we can accomplish. I’m very excited moving forward with the group of guys we have and can’t wait to get after it again next weekend.”

Despite allowing 33 runs over the four games, McCarthy feels the pitching staff got off to a good start this past weekend.

“I thought we did well as a whole,” McCarthy said. “Obviously, we did not get the results we wanted, but we had a lot of positives that we can build on moving forward.”

Brockport will take another road trip this upcoming weekend, this time staying closer to home. The Golden Eagles will take on Kean University in Union, New Jersey, on Friday, Feb. 28, and Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, on Saturday, Feb. 29.

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