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PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The St. John Fisher College baseball team picked up two critical conference wins on Thursday as the Cardinals swept both ends of an Empire 8 doubleheader at Dugan Yard against the SUNY Canton Roos. With the wins, Fisher, which is receiving votes in the latest D3baseball.com national poll, moved to 21-10 on the season and 7-4 in the conference standings while Canton dipped to 5-25, 1-11, respectively.
FISHER 1, CANTON 0
In a game that took just 77 minutes to complete, the Cardinals plated the game’s only run in the bottom of the fourth inning after Thomas Pasquale led off with a double and scored three batters later when Michael Beimel picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice.
The run proved to be all that freshman pitcher Kenneth Westbrook would need as the right-hander allowed just one hit over six strong innings to move to 6-0 on the year. Westbrook fanned six in the win before being lifted in favor of Tim Geissel who closed out the game with a perfect seventh inning to notch his fourth save of the season.
FISHER 16, CANTON 5
After being limited to just two hits in the opening game, the Cardinals’ bat came to life in the night cap as Fisher belted 18 hits including 12 that went for extra bases.
Allen Murphy was 3-for-4 in the win with a double, one RBI, three runs scored and a walk. Pasquale was 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI while Ryan Simmons (Victor) produced two doubles in the win and five RBI. Stephen Edgett (Webster Thomas) was 2-for-3 with a pair of two-baggers to go along with an RBI and two walks while Antony Mantova had two doubles of his own and scored four runs. Justin Graham (Webster Schroeder), Jack Kelleher and Ryan Brown (Brighton) each had two hits on the day while Andrew Czubaj rounded out the hitting with a double.
The Cardinals got on the board in the bottom of the first with Pasquale lifting a sacrifice fly to right that plated Graham who had opened the inning with a double to right.
Ahead by one run, the Cardinals gave two back in the top of the third, but would recover with five runs on three hits including a bases-clearing, three-run double by Simmons to take a 6-2 edge into the top of the fourth.
The Roos were able to come away with another run in the fourth, but couldn’t get off the field in the home half of the inning as Fisher erupted for five more runs on three hits to hold a commanding 11-3 advantage. Edgett got things started with a walk and moved to third following a single off the bat of Graham. With two on and one away, Pasquale lifted a fly ball to center that was dropped as Edgett crossed home plate. Murphy came to bat with two in scoring position and came through with a single through the left side to score a run before another Canton error afforded Fisher another run. Leading by seven, Simmons came up and cracked an RBI-double to left to cap the scoring as Canton recorded two quick outs to retire the side.
In the top of the fifth, Canton strung together three hits and scored two runs to make it 11-5, but once again was unable to have a shut down inning as the Cardinals scored their 12th run on an RBI-single by Pasquale to go up 12-5.
Ahead by a significant margin, Fisher struck again in the bottom of the sixth with two more runs after sending seven hitters to the dish to make it 14-5. The offensive outburst continued in the seventh inning with two more runs as Fisher cruised to the 11-run win.
Fisher used four pitchers in the win beginning with Matthew Raudelunas who went four innings overall and allowed three runs on seven hits. Dillan Wilkinson moved to 2-2 with the win as the junior lefty gave up two runs in an inning of work. Spencer Weyand pitched two scoreless innings while Caleb Lee tossed the final two innings with just one hit on his ledger.
The Cardinals will enjoy a day off on Friday before concluding their three-game set with Canton at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Dugan Yard.