Baseball Edged 5-2 at Old Westbury Before Posting First Tie in Program History (6-6)

Baseball Edged 5-2 at Old Westbury Before Posting First Tie in Program History (6-6)

YAPHANK, N.Y. – The Southern Vermont College baseball team fell 5-2 to SUNY Old Westbury Saturday afternoon at Baseball Heaven, and game two of the doubleheader was then ended due to darkness after the seventh inning with the score knotted at 6-6.

The tie was the first for SVC in program history.

The Mountaineers (0-3-1) next head to Hamilton College on Thursday for a 4 p.m. first pitch.

GAME 1: Old Westbury 5 – Southern Vermont 2
Old Westbury never trailed in the opener after putting up a lone run in the first and adding two more in the third. SVC scratched across a pair in the fourth, but the Panthers scored once in each of their next two turns at the dish to garner a little breathing room.

Southern Vermont junior right fielder Kyle Liddy (Oriskany, N.Y.) knocked out a two-run homer as senior catcher Dan Mason (Bloomingdale, N.J.) went 2-3 with a walk.

Mountaineer junior lefty Ryan Richardson (Pasadena, Md.) tossed all six innings—giving up three earned runs while striking out two.

A single up the middle in the bottom of the first put Old Westbury on the board, and an infield single in the third then provided what proved to be the winning run. Liddy launched his home run to left-center to make it just a 3-2 ballgame with one out in the fourth, but the Panthers got one right back in the home half of the inning before crossing the plate once again in the fifth.

Southern Vermont was held to just a lone walk in the last two innings for the hosts to close out the victory.

GAME 2: Southern Vermont 6 – Old Westbury 6 (7 inn.)
After the Panthers scored one run in the first inning of game two, SVC posted a four-run second to pull ahead. Old Westbury got two back right away—only to see the Mountaineers push it back to a three-run lead with scores in the fifth and sixth. The Panthers were able to tie it up with three runs in the sixth, however, and neither side could break the tie in the seventh before the umpires called an end to the contest.

Southern Vermont sophomore catcher Jason Marcello (Daytona Beach, Fla.) went 2-3 with two runs scored and an RBI while sophomore third baseman Zac Cronk (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was 3-3 with two runs batted in and another run scored. Senior center fielder Zack Stacey (Saratoga, N.Y.) had a 1-3 showing at the dish with a triple and two RBI's.

Mountaineer senior right-hander Joe Braim (Saratoga, N.Y.) went the first 5.1 innings on the bump—surrendering six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four. Classmate Ryan Serrato (Whittier, Calif.) then made his first appearance of the year on the mound—striking out a pair while giving up just two hits through the final 1.2 frames; the righty saw 21 of his 28 pitches go for strikes.

After a Panther single to right made it a 1-0 game in the bottom of the first, SVC's bats started connecting to put the Mountaineers on top. Marcello got the scoring started when he tagged an RBI-single up the middle, and Cronk then doubled to left-center to plate a pair. Stacey's triple brought Cronk in—making it a 4-1 Southern Vermont advantage.

Old Westbury was able to cut its deficit down to one in the bottom of the second with a two-run single being poked out to right field. The 4-3 tally stood until the top of the fifth when Serrato ripped a base hit up the middle to bring home Mason. With runners at the corners in the sixth, Stacey laid down a bunt for Marcello to score and put SVC up 6-3.

The Panthers came right back in the home half of the sixth, however—first using a sacrifice fly to plate one run before registering a two-run single up the middle with two outs.

With the sun setting, both teams stranded a runner at first in the seventh inning for the game to end in a stalemate.