After a regular season and conference tournament run that showcased Union as the best baseball team in the Liberty League, the baseball team was ready for a new challenge at the NCAA Regionals.
The Dutchmen traveled to Auburn, New York on May 18 to face their first opponent, the Ramapo College Roadrunners. Ramapo was 33-10-1 entering the matchup, and won the New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament championship after finishing third in the regular season.
Union entered the contest with some buzz and confidence after seeing much success when the Liberty League announced its 2016 All-League awards just a day before.
Jake Fishman ’17 was voted Liberty League pitcher and player of the year after a tremendous season. The Dutchmen also had six additional student-athletes receive recognition for their on field performance this year.
Third baseman Jamie Faber ’16 was chosen to the Liberty League first team along with Fishman. Adam Ashenfarb ’17, Kent Curran ’17, and Harrison Glatt ’18 were all selected to the All-League second team.
Lastly, Eric Egan ’16 and Jake Vesling ’18 were voted as All-League Honorable Mentions.
The action against Ramapo started in the third inning with consecutive RBI singles from two of the All-League selections in Curran and Egan. Union stayed up 2-0 until a solo shot from Ramapo’s Connor Walsh brought the Roadrunners back to within one run in the bottom of the seventh.
The run was only the third Fishman, who started the game, had given up all season, and raised his ERA to 0.41. The Liberty League Player of the Year left the mound after pitching eight strong innings, giving up just five hits and striking out 12 batters.
However, the Dutchmen were unable to hold on as Jamie Faber ‘16 gave up runs in both the ninth and tenth innings, while the offense had no answer, suffering a 3-2 loss.
Thrust into the loser’s bracket of the double-elimination tournament, the Dutchmen quickly turned their attention to their matchup against Castleton University (33-11) just a day later.
After trading runs in the first two innings, the bats once again stayed quiet for the Dutchmen. All-League selection Ashenfarb and Matt Yonta ’16 combined for an eight innings of work, giving up just three runs, two earned. However, even with the top of the order coming up for the Dutchmen, Castleton’s closer Michael Labeau was able to close out the victory and end the Dutchmen’s season in the NCAA Regionals.
Union finished the year with an overall record of 26-14, tying the program record for wins in a single season.
The Dutchmen also captured their second ever Liberty League Championship earlier this month.