The Union Baseball team concluded their season two weekends ago, playing a pair of doubleheaders against Rochester.
Union and Rochester spent both Saturday and Sunday afternoon playing a total of four games against each other to wrap up each team’s regular season.
Rochester will move onto the Liberty League Tournament; Union did not qualify.
The pair of doubleheaders put an end to a season in which the Dutchmen won twenty games for the third consecutive season, and for just the fourth time in program history.
Saturday started out with a 4-3 victory for Union, captured in dramatic fashion.
With the game tied at two at the end of seven innings, the Dutchmen entered extra innings for just the second time all season.
In the extra innings, Rochester jumped out to a 3-2 lead after the Yellowjacket’s Jake Meyerson scored on a passed ball that got away from Union catcher CJ Worley ’15.
In the bottom of the 7th, Union answered back with an RBI single from Jamie Faber ’16 that drove in Jake Vesling ’18. With the game now tied back up at three, Eric Egan ‘16 successfully pulled off a steal of home plate to give the Dutchmen the walk-off victory.
Union followed up its dramatic first game victory with a second game loss by a score of 6-1. Rochester’s Jake Meyerson and Michael Lee combined to throw seven innings of one-run baseball, holding the Dutchmen offense in check.
Union’s lone run came off of an RBI double from Matt Drum ’18, who drove in Kent Curran ’17 on the play.
The two teams matched up again on Sunday to play the second doubleheader of the weekend.
This time, Rochester won the first game of the day by a final score of 3-2. Down 3-0 heading into the top of the seventh, the Dutchmen made things interesting when Worley drove in a pair with a two-RBI single to cut the lead to one.
That put runners on first and third for the Dutchmen with just one out in the inning, however Rochester reliever Rob Mabee was able to strand both runners, recording the final two outs of the inning, and winning the game for Rochester.
Union proved to be victorious in the fourth and final game of the weekend matchup against Rochester, winning their final game of the season 12-9.
This game saw both offensives explode for a combined 21 runs. The scoring for Union was highlighted by RBI doubles from Sam Kirschenbaum ’18 and Fishman, RBI triples from Curran and Faber, and a two-run home-run from Chris Carbone ’16, the first of his career.
The victory marked the final game for this year’s senior class.
The graduating class of Worley, Anders Goetz ’15 and Chris Pignatello ’15 garnered high praise from Kirschenbaum, who said, “It was great to have such an experienced senior class that was able to teach us the right way to go about things.”
This senior class has been arguably the most successful senior class in the program’s history, earning three of the four twenty win seasons in program history, and making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1965.
On the success this senior class has had, Kirschenbaum said, “We knew what was expected of us, and that was winning. Anders, Pigs and CJ knew how to win and compete and they have definitely done an excellent job instilling those values into us.”
This year’s senior class has helped lay the foundation of a winning culture in the baseball program that is sure to carry over for years to come.