Courtesy of athletics.SJFC.edu
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Junior outfielder Stephen Edgett (Webster Thomas) put up a career-high six RBI on Wednesday and the St. John Fisher College baseball team pushed its winning streak to six games after downing Rochester Institute of Technology 14-5 in a non-conference game at Tiger Stadium. With the win, Fisher, which is receiving votes in the latest D3baseball.com national poll, improved to 17-7 while the Tigers fell to 10-10 overall.
After falling behind by three runs in the first inning, the Cardinals fired back with four runs in the top of the second to hold a one-run edge. The Tigers were able to get the leadoff man, but Ryan Simmons (Victor) promptly doubled before Michael Beimel followed suit with a single to center. Ryan Brown (Brighton) worked a walk to load the bases for Edgett who stepped in and boomed his first-career grand slam before RIT could retire the side.
The game remained a one-score affair until the top of the fourth when Fisher posted four more runs on five hits to open up an 8-3 advantage. RIT was poised for a quick inning after getting the first two hitters to ground out, but Edgett continued his hot hitting with a double to right and would move to third base after Justin Graham (Webster Schroeder), who was named the Empire 8 Player of the Week on Monday, laid down a bunt single. With two on and two down, Jack Kelleher, the conference’s Rookie of the Week, took advantage with a two-run single to center and would move into scoring position following a wild pitch. As the inning continued, Thomas Pasquale roped a single to right that plated Kelleher before the junior infielder eventually came around to score on another pitch in the dirt.
In the top of the fifth inning, Edgett struck again with his third extra base hit of the afternoon after the Webster native cracked a two-run double to lift Fisher to a seven-run lead.
Ahead 10-3 on the scoreboard, Fisher tacked on two more runs in the sixth courtesy of a two-run single by Brown that made it 12-3. Pasquale picked up another RBI in the seventh inning with a fielder’s choice before an unearned run in the eighth capped the scoring for the Cardinals.
In total, Fisher produced 16 hits led by Edgett who went 3-for-4 with six RBI, two doubles, a home run and three runs scored. Brown and Pasquale each had two hits and a pair of RBI while Beimel had three hits in five at-bats. Allen Murphy was 2-for-4 with two two-baggers and Simmons posted two hits on the day.
On the mound, RJ Kuruts started and went one inning before being relieved by Anthony Brophy (3-0) who was credited with the win after throwing two hitless innings. Jack Delaney and Dillan Wilkinson combined to throw two scoreless innings while Brandon Roberts yielded one hit in an inning of work. Senior Jim Dawson picked up the save for Fisher after allowing two runs on four hits over three innings.
The Cardinals will step back in conference play beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday as Fisher heads to Ithaca to take on the Bombers in an Empire 8 doubleheader.