Courtesy of athletics.SJFC.edu
PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The St. John Fisher College baseball team won its eighth straight game and capped off a perfect season at home as the Cardinals defeated visiting Utica College, 8-1, on Friday at Dugan Yard. With the win, Fisher improved to 26-10 on the season and 12-4 in the Empire 8 while the Pioneers fell to 14-20 overall and 8-7 in the conference standings.
Junior Anthony Brophy moved to 5-1 on the mound after coming on in relief to throw six scoreless innings. Brophy scattered just three hits in the win and finished with five strikeouts. Matthew Raudelunas started on the bump and went three innings where he allowed one run on two hits with six strikeouts to his credit.
The Cardinals scored all the runs they would need in just the bottom of the second inning on two hits and two errors. After the Pioneers were able to come up with two quick outs, the wheels came off as Michael Beimel reached on a fielding error by the shortstop. Ryan Brown (Brighton) kept the inning going with a walk before Jake Hewitt laced an RBI-single to make it 1-0.
Following another infield error that allowed Brown to score, Hewitt would come around to make it 3-0 after the Pioneers were unable to nab Graham at second. With three runs already on the board, Thomas Pasquale singled to right to score Graham before the Pioneers could close out the inning.
Utica got a run back in the top of the third on a bases loaded walk, but gave one right back in the home half of the inning as Antony Mantova scored on a throw to second to make it 5-1.
Fisher struck again in the bottom of the fifth as Beimel singled through the left side and came all the way around to score when Hewitt boomed a run-scoring double down the left field line and took third base on the throw home. With a runner 90 feet away, Graham poked a single to left to pick up an RBI and make it 7-1 in the Cardinals’ favor.
Fisher accounted for 12 hits on the day with Pasquale going 3-for-3 with two more doubles, two RBI and a pair of walks. Hewitt, Brown and Graham each collected two hits on the day while Ryan Simmons (Victor) and Beimel had one hit apiece.
The Cardinals will look to keep their momentum rolling at 2 p.m. on Saturday when they head to Houghton to take on the Highlanders in an Empire 8 doubleheader.