By Terence Finnigan
The Union Baseball team ran into a road block this past weekend, dropping three out of their four games against Liberty League rival RPI. The Dutchmen were swept during the first doubleheader on Saturday, and split the second on Sunday winning the last game of the series. On Saturday they fell to the Engineers by a score of 11-2 in the first game. They would go on to lose the second game as well by a score of 5-3.
RPI would be the first to score, plating a run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. The Engineers would score another four runs which would secure their win. The Dutchmen were able to score two runs in the seventh when Tyler Heck ‘13 knocked in Vincent Esposito ‘14. Dane Flavin ‘11 would tally the other run with a two out single, bringing in Dylan Katz-Wicks ‘13 for the second run. The Dutchmen were able to narrow the gap in the 9th as well on a Esposito RBI but it wasn’t enough and the Engineers ended up coming out on top 5-3.
On Sunday, Union lost Game 1 by a score of 9-5 but the Dutchmen would finish strong by winning Game 2. The Dutchmen got ahead early, tallying two runs in the bottom of the first. Heck would get Union on the board first by knocking in Esposito. At the next at-bat Flavin singled to right field, bringing in Heck for the 2-0 lead. Neither team would score after the first until the 6th inning when RPI would gain the lead for the first time by putting up three runs.
The Dutchmen would quickly answer, however, in the bottom of the 6th inning when Dan Wolfe ‘14 grounded out to third driving in Dan Minnes ‘14 for the tying run. In the 7th the Union bats exploded knocking in three runs, giving Union a 6-4 lead which they would hang on to for the rest of the game. The inning started with Esposito blasting a solo home run, giving Union the lead. The home run was Esposito’s first as a Dutchman. Anthony Cassese ‘11 would knock in the second run of the inning with an RBI single bringing in Kats-Wicks. The third run was scored when Peter Mugford ‘11 knocked in Flavin, making the score 6-4 which Union would hold for the rest of the game. Pitcher Brendan McLaughlin ‘13 got the win, extending is record to 2-1.
The Dutchmen’s next game is this Saturday, April 30 where the Dutchmen take on the University of Rochester. Game time is at 12 p.m.