Fisher drops both halves of Ithaca doubleheader

Courtesy of athletics.SJFC.edu

ITHACA, N.Y. – The St. John Fisher College baseball team had its six-game winning streak snapped on Saturday as the Cardinals lost both ends of an Empire 8 doubleheader against Ithaca College at Freeman Field.  With the losses, Fisher moved to 3-4 in the Empire 8 and 17-9 overall while the Bombers improved to 19-5 and 12-1, respectively.

ITHACA 4, FISHER 3

The Cardinals fell behind early after the Bombers plated one run in the bottom of the second, but the lead proved to be short-lived after Justin Graham (Webster Schroeder) ripped an RBI-double down the right field line that plated Michael Beimel who had led off the top of the second with a double of his own.

Tied up at one run apiece, Fisher took the lead in the top of the fourth after plating two runs to make it 3-1 in the visitors’ favor.  Antona Mantova cracked the go-ahead run with a solo home run before Beimel singled to center.  Ryan Brown (Brighton) kept the momentum going with a single through the left side that moved Beimel into scoring position for Stephen Edgett (Webster Thomas) who drove in a run with a single to center to make it a two-run game.

The lead held until the bottom of the sixth when Ithaca scored two runs on two hits to tie the game up heading into the seventh.

After setting the side down in order in the top of the inning, the Bombers came up with a two-out single up the middle to keep the inning alive.  With a runner on and two away, Ithaca singled through the left side before a costly error by the Cardinals’ outfield allowed the winning run to score in a 4-3 game.

Kenneth Westbrook took the ball to start and went 5.1 innings overall.  The freshman was responsible for three runs (two earned) after giving up just four hits.  Westbrook finished with five strikeouts before being lifted for junior lefty Anthony Brophy (3-1) who was saddled with his first loss of the season.  Brophy pitched 1.1 innings and gave up one unearned run on two hits.

ITHACA 2, FISHER 1

In the nightcap, Ithaca was first to strike again as the Bombers put up one run on one hit and a big wild pitch in the fourth inning.

The Cardinals were held at bay until the top of the seventh when Ryan Simmons (Victor) got something going with a single to left before moving up a base on a ground out.  With a runner in scoring position, Brown worked a walk before Edgett pushed Simmons home with a single to left to knot things up at 1-1.

In the top of the eighth, Fisher was in business with two on and no outs, but Ithaca’s pitching worked in and out of trouble after the Bombers held Fisher off the board with three straight outs.

In the home half of the eighth, Ithaca worked a leadoff single and moved the runner up with a sacrifice bunt.  With the go-ahead runner at second, an out allowed the runner to advance to third before a single to center made it 2-1 in Ithaca’s favor.

Facing a one-run gap with three outs left in play, Fisher was unable to get anything going as the Bombers closed out the win.

Matthew Raudelunas opened the game with five strong innings as the sophomore allowed one run on two hits with four strikeouts.  Brandon Roberts pitched two scoreless innings before giving way to Dillan Wilkinson (1-1) who was hit with the loss after allowing one run on two hits in an inning of work.

Fisher will look to take the third game of the series when it squares off with the Bombers again at 10 a.m. on Sunday at Freeman Field.

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