Baseball Drops Two in NEAC Doubleheader
Cazenovia, NY (April 6, 2012) ---
The SUNY IT baseball team made a stop in Cazenovia on a hot streak and improved to 5-0 in conference play with a sweep of the Wildcats.
In the first game of Cazenovia's home doubleheader against conference foe SUNY IT, the opposing Wildcats jumped out to a 6-1 lead after the first 3 innings of play. In the top of the first, SUNY IT had the first two batters of the game at second and third base when senior Anthony Surber ripped a ball to left that would get past Wildcats left fielder Jerome Bright. Surber would then score on a sacrifice fly by clean-up hitter Sam Quinn-Loeb to put his team up 3-0. SUNY IT would push a run across with two outs in the top of the 2nd inning and two additional runs on a pair of doubles by Loeb and freshman Joseph O'Rourke in the top of the 3rd. Cazenovia threatened IT starter Michael Rose early and often but never put together a big inning. Although Cazenovia would score a run in the 3rd, 4th and 5th; the Wildcats left runners on second and third base in the bottom of both the 2nd and 3rd inning, left the bases loaded in the bottom of the 4th inning and a runner on second base in both the 5th and 6th inning. Cazenovia's starting pitcher James Chase was relieved by junior Adam Halay in the 5th following O'Rourke's second double of the game. SUNY IT scratched their 9th run of the game across in the top of the 7th. Adam Wiley and Anthony DeSarro both had multi-hit games for Cazenovia and each drove in a run. Wildcats right fielder Jamie Barr finished 1-4 with an RBI.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Cazenovia came out strong with a split in mind as starting pitcher Jamie Barr struck out the side in the 1st inning and sat SUNY IT down in order in the 2nd. In the bottom of the inning, Cazenovia's Matt Nestopoulos reached on an error and Jerome Bright doubled with one out to put runners at second and third but once again Cazenovia failed to drive a run home and break the game open. A walk, error and misplay of a bunt left the bases loaded for SUNY IT with no outs in top of the 3rd. Barr looked to have his double play but Cazenovia couldn't get a handle on sophomore Cody Chambers' ground ball and had to take a single out at second base. With one run in, a sacrifice fly by Surber pushed SUNY IT's second run of the inning across. Cazenovia wouldn't threaten in the 3rd but Barr shut down IT in the top of the 4th. In the bottom of the inning, Pat Shepardson reached with a one-out walk. Matt Nestopoulos would follow with a single, his first of two hits in the game, and both would advance one base on a wild pitch by IT starter Patrick Baker. With runners at second and third with one out and the score 2-0, Baker battled with Wildcats hitter Jerome Bright and won, striking out the sophomore looking. Luck turned Cazenovia's way when IT third baseman Michael Mainello couldn't handle Colin Parry's two-out ground ball that pushed Shepardson home; however with the bases loaded and two outs, IT's ace was too good as Baker struck out Wildcats left fielder Tim Ackerman. Cazenovia could only manage one more hit in the game and IT drove home 5 more runs over the final three innings to take the game 7-1. Baker dominated for SUNY, the reigning NEAC Pitcher of the Year finished the game with 8 strikeouts, allowing only 3 hits.
Cazenovia is 8-12 on the season, 1-3 in NEAC play. The Wildcats are scheduled to take on Hamilton College at Delutis Field (Rome, NY) on Monday, March 9th in a doubleheader beginning at 4:30 p.m. The Wildcats have six non-conference games during the week leading in to a weekend pair of NEAC doubleheaders against Gallaudet and Penn State U. - Harrisburg.