Big First inning leads Brockport Baseball to fourth straight win.
By Zach Harnischfeger
BROCKPORT, N.Y.--- The Golden Eagles looked to continue their dominance over the University of Rochester on Tuesday night. They jumped out to an early 8-0 lead after two innings which was just enough to hang on from an attempted Yellowjackets comeback to win the game 8-6.
In the top of the first inning, after a leadoff double by leftfielder James Houlahan, third basemen Johnny Genau hit a double to left center field to drive in Houlahan. The next batter, centerfielder Nicholas Pastore tripled and drove in Genau from second. This made it 2-0 Brockport.
Later in the inning, rightfielder Zach Eldred hit a triple to right center field that brought home Genau from second. Eldred then scored on a wild pitch. A few batters later, Houlahan singled and drove in first basemen Patrick Bigham from third. After the first inning, the Golden Eagles led 5-0.
In the top of the second inning, Bigham added to the Brockport lead after doubling to left center field which drove in Pastore and Eldred. The next batter, shortstop Justin Pangburn hit a single up the middle that drove in Bigham. This made it an 8-0 game.
The University of Rochester pitching staff was able to silence the Brockport bats after the second inning, not giving up a run the rest of the game. The Yellowjackets were able to wake up the bats in the fifth inning.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, third basemen Dan Tirabassi hit a ground-rule double to right center field that drove in catcher John Moses. The next batter, outfielder John Leadem singled to left field which drove in two runs. Later in the inning, infielder Jackson Reed hit a Sacrifice fly to left field, driving in Leadem. This cut the lead in half, making it 8-4.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Yellowjackets outfielder Aaron Whitley hit a sacrifice fly to left field which scored Tirabassi. The Yellowjackets would add another run via a balk in the bottom of the ninth. They were unable to complete the comeback and the Golden Eagles held on to win 8-6.
With the win, the Golden Eagles extended their winning streak to four games and improve their record to 8-6 on the season. They will look to stay hot when they travel To SUNY New Paltz to take on the Hawks for some SUNYAC conference action this weekend.