Courtesy of athletics.SJFC.edu
PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The St. John Fisher College baseball team added two more wins to its perfect record this afternoon as the Cardinals defeated crosstown rival, the University of Rochester, in both games of the doubleheader at Dugan Yard, 12-5 and 10-7. Fisher, who is receiving votes in the latest D3Baseball.com poll, moves to 6-0 on the year while the Yellowjackets drop their first two games of the season and fall to 2-2.
FISHER 12, ROCHESTER 5
Facing a four-run deficit in the bottom of the third inning, the top of the Fisher lineup came around to face the Yellowjackets’ starting pitcher for a second time. Justin Graham lined a shot to the right center field wall and zipped around the bases to land at third, scoring Fisher’s leadoff batter and plating the home team’s first run of the afternoon. The following batter, Brian Norsen knocked in Graham, cutting the Rochester lead in half. Each of the next two batters reached base, loading the pond for James Murphy and Adam Zebrowski, who both recorded RBI singles, tying the game at four runs apiece. With the bases still full, the Fisher lineup reset again, and leadoff batter Patrick Kravitz singled through the left side to plate two Cardinals and gain the first lead of the afternoon at 6-4.
Despite Rochester earning another run, it turned out to be their last of the 7-inning bout. Fisher brought home three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning as a result of pitching and fielding blunders made by the visitors, extending the Cardinals’ lead to 4.
Fisher scored its final three runs of the matchup in the fifth inning as a Murphy double, a Zebrowski sac fly, and a Jack Kelleher base hit put runs on the board.
Cardinals’ starting pitcher and current D3Baseball.com Team of the Week pitcher, RJ Kuruts was awarded the win for Fisher after striking out five and allowing four earned runs over his 5.0 innings of work.
Zebrowski had three hits in the outing, while Graham, Norsen and Murphy both tallied two apiece, and Kravitz, Noah Campanelli, and Kelleher each added one.
FISHER 10, ROCHESTER 7
Fisher found themselves in a two-run hole in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the deficit was no match for the home team’s offense. Zebrowski and James Ward, Jr. recorded hits early in the half inning to knot the score up at two runs apiece. The Yellowjackets lent the Cardinals a hand with a passed ball and a balk, which loaded the bases with just one out. Norsen cranked a sac fly to deep left field, to score one of the Fisher runners, but not before Campanelli took his turn in the box, lining a double over the centerfielder’s head to plate two more Cardinals. The Fisher offense kept their foot on the gas with their 5-2 lead and sent two more runners home after taking advantage of lackluster defense from the visitors.
Ben Lavery showed some heads-up offense in the bottom of the sixth inning as the freshman was able to circle the bases on passed balls following a single of his own, bringing the Fisher lead to 8-2.
Rochester drove in five runs in the top of the eighth inning, but the retaliation by the Cardinals was too much for visitors. Two singles set up Ward, Jr. for an RBI single hit up the middle and a Kravitz double that plated one more run, bringing the final score to 10-7.
Anthony Brophy recorded the win for the Cardinals on the mound after pitching 7.0 innings, striking out five, and giving up just two runs. Senior Brandon Roberts was awarded the game’s save after striking out one batter in the game’s final inning.
Zebrowski had a team-leading three hits in the 13-base knock nightcap, while Graham and Ward, Jr. recorded two, and Kravitz, Norsen, Campanelli, Lavery, Murphy, and Michael Beimel each had one.
Fisher will meet with another of its crosstown rivals at 3 P.M. tomorrow March 22, when it welcomes the RIT Tigers to Dugan Yard for another non-conference battle.