Courtesy of athletics.SJFC.edu
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The St. John Fisher College baseball team lost both ends of a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday as the Cardinals traveled to Ohio to take on Case Western Reserve. With the decisions, Fisher, which had been riding a three-game winning streak, moved to 8-5 while the Spartans improved to 12-6 overall.
CASE WESTERN RESERVE 5, FISHER 4
After getting through the top of the first inning without incident, the Spartans jumped out to an early lead in the home half of the first with a leadoff home run. Case Western Reserve would add to its advantage in the second inning after plating two runs on three hits to hold a three-run edge.
Following a scoreless third inning, the Cardinals got on the board with one swing as Allen Murphy jacked a two-run bomb to left field to pull Fisher to within one run, 3-2.
The Cardinals struck again in the top of the fifth as Justin Graham (Webster Schroeder) reached first after being hit by a pitch and moved into scoring position when Ryan Brown (Brighton) singled to left. With two on and one away, Thomas Pasquale ripped a run-scoring double to right to tie the game at 3-3. As the inning continued, the Spartans intentionally walked Murphy to load the bases before Antony Mantova pushed the go-ahead run across with a groundout to make it 4-3 in the visitors’ favor.
Fisher took its lead into the seventh inning, but was unable to hold on as Case Western Reserve notched three hits in the final frame including a walk-off single to claim a 5-4 win.
RJ Kuruts (1-2) took the loss after going 6.1 innings overall. The sophomore allowed five runs on nine hits and finished with five strikeouts.
CASE WESTERN RESERVE 7, FISHER 2
The Cardinals found themselves playing from behind early as the Spartans plated two runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Fisher got one back in the top of the third when Pasquale double to left field and scored Jack Kelleher in the process to cut the deficit to one run.
Case Western Reserve, however, would tack on a run in the third inning before adding another in the fifth to hold a 4-1 edge.
In the top of the sixth inning, The Cardinals produced one run on one hit as Michael Beimel drove in Murphy who had led off the frame with an infield single.
Ahead by two runs in the late innings, the Spartans plated two more runs in the seventh and would go on to add another in the eighth to earn a 7-2 win.
Matthew Raudelunas (1-1) was hit with the loss after giving up three runs on six hits over three innings. Raudelunas had four strikeouts on the day before being relieved by Tim Geissel who pitched 1.1 innings and surrendered one run. Jack Delaney and Jared Wren combined to throw 1.2 scoreless frames while Kyle Chambers was tagged with two runs over an inning of work. Anthony Brophy threw the final inning and allowed one run on hit.
The Cardinals will look to start a new winning streak when they open up conference play at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday against Elmira College at Dugan Yard.