Courtesy of RITathletics.com
ROCHESTER, NY – The No. 3 seed RIT baseball team (22-17) rolled to an 11-3 win over No. 4 seed Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (20-19) in an elimination game at the Liberty League Championship Tournament from Towers Field on the campus of the University of Rochester Friday afternoon.
RIT will face on the losing team in a winner’s bracket game between No. 1 seed University of Rochester vs. No. 2 Clarkson University at 6 p.m. on Friday in a second elimination game. Rensselaer is eliminated from tournament play.
Senior hurler Daniel Zeglen (Scotia, NY/Scotia-Glenville) picked up his fourth win of the season, a 115-pitch effort, scattering nine hits with a pair of strikeouts. He induced 13 ground outs for his fifth career complete-game and 13th victory on the mound. In addition, Zeglen drove in two runs with a seventh inning double, giving him 36 RBI on the season and 111 for his career, tied for the third most all-time at the institute.
“Dan (Zeglen) pitched a great game to get us here and the offense was awesome today,” said RIT head coach Rob Grow. “If we play we can beat anyone. I am happy to be moving on and hopefully we have more games to win.”
The Tigers out-hit Rensselaer, 18-9, as four different players had three hits apiece. All nine hitters in the lineup had at least one hit. Navada Waterman (Coudersport, PA/Coudersport) went 3-for-5 with a walk, triple, run scored and three runs batted in, while Daniel Capra (North Salem, NY/North Salem) reached base five times, going 3-for-4 with a double, two walks and two runs scored. Parick Blackall was 3-for-6 with a double and two RBI, while Patrick Mylott (Aurora, OH/Western Reserve Academy) finished 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. Kyle Terzini (Liverpool, NY/Liverpool) reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI.
The Tigers jumped all over Rensselaer with four second inning runs, all with two outs. Ian Libby (Melrose, MA/Malden Catholic) and Kyle Terzini (Liverpool, NY/Liverpool) started the rally with back-to-back singles, before Navada Waterman (Coudersport, PA/Coudersport) drove both in with a ground-rule triple down the left field line to make it 2-0. Daniel Capra (North Salem, NY/North Salem) followed with a walk to put runners on first and third. Capra and Waterman would execute a perfect double steal to give RIT a 3-0 lead. Patrick Blackall (Hershey, PA/Hershey) would continue the two-out scoring barrage with a double over the left fielder’s head, scoring Capra.
RIT would tack on three more runs in the third to take a commanding 7-0 lead. Patrick Mylott (Aurora, OH/Western Reserve Academy) would lead off the bottom of the third inning with a towering home run to left center field, extending RIT’s lead to 5-0. Terzini would double in Luke McNamara (Harrisburg, PA/Central Dauphin), who reached on an error to make it 6-0, while Waterman reached on an infield single, scoring Terzini for RIT’s seventh run.
George Rainer led the Engineers offensively, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Austin Lawrence also drove in a pair of runs. Ryan Yerby took the loss on the mound, allowing nine hits and seven runs (five earned) in 2 2/3 innings.
Yesterday, RIT fell to No. 2 seed Clarkson, 6-5, while RPI defeated Union in the wild card game and lost to top-seed Rochester, 10-0. In order to win the Liberty League Championship, the Tigers will also have to win tonight and take two from the lone undefeated team tomorrow. The Tigers are 8-5 all-time in Liberty League Tournament play, having won the league title in 2017 and finishing as runners-up in 2015.
RIT has now three of five games this season against Rensselaer. The two teams met at RPI last weekend, as RIT took both games of a doubleheader on May 4, while the Engineers rebounded with a doubleheader sweep the following day.
The 2019 Liberty League Tournament Champion recieves an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament.