Courtesy of athletics.SJFC.edu
PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The St. John Fisher College baseball team kept rolling on Wednesday as the Cardinals held Rochester Institute of Technology to just five hits in an 8-0 win in what marked the team’s home debut at Dugan Yard. With the win, Fisher, which is receiving votes in both the D3baseball.com and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper top 25 polls, improved to 8-3 on the season while the Tigers dipped to 3-6 overall.
After both teams were held off the board over the first two innings of play, Fisher broke through with four runs on two hits in the bottom of the third. Justin Graham (Webster Schroeder) led off the frame with a single to left and moved around the horn after successive ground outs. With two outs and a runner at third base, Allen Murphy boomed an opposite field shot that made it 2-0. Antony Mantova followed suit with a triple off the center field fence and would later score on a wild pitch to give the home team a three-run edge. As the inning continued, the Cardinals loaded the bases and plated another run after the Tigers’ pitcher delivered a wild throw that made it 4-0 heading to the top of the fourth.
Head coach Brandon Potter‘s squad padded its lead in the home half of the fourth as Graham led off with a triple to left center and came around to score on an infield error by RIT that allowed Ryan Brown (Brighton) to reach. After stealing second and moving up a base on a fly out to deep center, Brown gave Fisher a 6-0 advantage after scampering home on another wild pitch.
Holding a six-run cushion in the bottom of the seventh, Fisher tacked on two more runs with Ryan Simmons (Victor) and Michael Beimel each collecting an RBI to lift the Cardinals to a sizeable lead, 8-0.
Murphy took the ball to start and went four innings overall to improve to 2-1 on the season. The junior had the Tigers guessing all afternoon as he allowed just two hits and fanned four in all. Kenneth Westbrook came on in relief and pitched three innings that resulted in a pair of hits. Brandon Roberts pitched the final two innings and yielded a hit and a pair of walks in that span.
At the plate, Fisher clubbed nine hits led by Murphy who went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and a pair of runs scored. Graham was 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs while Mantova, Simmons, Beimel and Jack Kelleher each had a hit on the day.
Fisher will go for its fourth straight win at 5 p.m. on Friday when it travels to Houghton to take on the Highlanders in what will mark the first foray into Empire 8 action for both teams.