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The SUNY Brockport baseball team extended its win streak to five games following a doubleheader sweep at home against visiting St. John Fisher College on Saturday. The Golden Eagles won game one 9-5 and completed the sweep with a convincing 10-4 win in game two. Centerfielder Nicholas Pastore went 3-for-8 on the day with two runs scored and two RBI’s. His two RBI’s came courtesy of two home runs early in each game. Tom Kretzler went 4-for-9 on the afternoon with four runs scored and two RBI’s. Kretzler hit two home runs in game two to give him four total home runs for the weekend.
Brockport (8-2) snapped a six game winning streak for Fisher and moved the Cardinals record to 12-4 on the season. Brockport also handed Fisher its first two road losses of the year.
Reigning SUNYAC Pitcher of the Week Trevor McCarthy struck out eight batters in game one and improved to 2-0 on the season. Kyle Canavally put forward a gutsy effort on the mound in game two, striking out six batters, to improve his record to 2-1 on the season.
The green and gold will return to the diamond at home on Wednesday when it hosts crosstown rival RIT for a non-conference doubleheader. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. Brockport originally had a doubleheader scheduled at home against Cazenovia on Sunday but it has been canceled due to heavy rains expected in the forecast.
Brockport 9, St. John Fisher 5 – Game One Final
Brockport opened up a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second in game one behind a solo home run for Nicholas Pastore and a run scored on a wild pitch by Justin Pangburn.
Fisher answered in the top of the fourth with two runs of their own, but that was as close as the Cardinals would get as Brockport posted seven runs in the bottom half of the fourth inning.
James Houlahan posted a two RBI single to kick things off in the fourth inning for Brockport. Houlahan went 3-for-3 in game one and scored a run. Ryan Mansell then doubled, scoring Houlahan to give Brockport a 5-2 lead. Ryan Voight added a two-RBI double to left center in the inning to make the score 7-2. Daniel DelGaizo chipped in with a double down the line to make the score 8-2 and Matt O’Dair wrapped up the fourth inning scoring with an RBI single to score DelGaizo.
That was all the scoring Brockport would need as starter Trevor McCarthy scattered six hits and struck out eight in 6.0 innings of work to earn the victory. Nicholas Lawlor came on in reliefer and closed out the contest on the mound for Brockport.
Voight finished game one going 1-for-4 at the plate with two RBI’s while O’Dair, the reigning SUNYAC Player of the Week, extended his hitting streak. O’Dair went 3-for-5 on the day and now has a nine game hitting streak to his credit.
Brockport 10, St. John Fisher 4 – Game Two Final
St. John Fisher got the scoring started in game two and took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Brockport answered right back in the bottom of the second when Pastore drilled his second home run of the day to deep right field. O’Dair then singled and scored DelGaizo to give the Golden Eagles a 2-1 lead early.
Fisher answered in the top of the third to knot the score at 2-2, but Bport seemed to have all the answers and took the lead right back in the third inning courtesy of a Ryan Voight ground out that scored Kretzler.
Kretzler then put Brockport on top 4-2 when he hit a solo shot, his third of the weekend to deep left center field. Jake Sisto doubled in the sixth to score DelGaizo and the Golden Eagles found themselves with a 5-2 lead at the end of the sixth inning.
Kyle Canavally put together a heroic effort on the mound for Brockport as he struck out six in 6.2 innings of work to earn the win on the bump. Nicholas Lawlor came on in relief of Canavally and allowed just two hits in 1.1 innings of work. Colin Pytlak closed out the game on the mound for Brockport as he did not allow a hit in his second appearance of the young season.
Fisher made it a 5-4 ballgame after a Zebrowski home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. However, the Golden Eagles added five insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to earn the big home victory against a tough Cardinals team.
Sisto singled in the eighth and scored DelGaizo to kick off the late scoring for Brockport. Ryan Mansell then tripled and scored two, before he eventually crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Kretzler capped his incredible weekend with another towering shot in the bottom of the eighth to make it a 10-4 ballgame.