By Kirti Chakote
The Union Baseball team won the league championship in 2004 when they were in the ECAC. If they make the playoffs this year, it would be their first appearance in the Liberty League conference.
This past weekend, the Dutchmen (16-19 overall, 10-14 league) traveled to play University of Rochester (UR) to begin their playoff push.
Union was in a fourth place tie with Clarkson, owning the tiebreaker.
The Yellowjackets (10-18 overall, 6-11 league) had the fifth seed.
Union’s four game weekend began with a double header on Saturday. The Dutchmen split their first pair of games.
In game one, the Yellowjackets took an early lead of 5-0 within the first four innings. However, Union rallied back with three runs in the top of the sixth with help from a single by third baseman, James Mulpeter ‘15.
The Yellowjackets continued their dominant play by scoring another five runs in the bottom of the sixth and finished the game 10-3.
Union demonstrated their true potential as a team in their second game with a commanding 7-1 victory.
The Dutchmen pitchers yielded three hits to Rochester batters, while the offense scored five unearned runs off two UR errors.
The Yellowjackets left 12 men on base.
Union was unable to take the momentum from its huge victory into Sunday. They lost both games to UR.
In the first baseball contest, UR scored five runs in the top of the first with 10 batters against Andrew Beaule ‘14.
The Dutchmen fought back with two runs in the bottom of the inning, but the Yellowjackets closed out the game with an 8-3 victory.
In the second game, UR took an 8-1 lead into the seventh, where it almost collapsed. Union had 10 men bat in the inning against two Rochester pitchers and scored four runs on three hits, two hit batsmen, a walk and a misplay.
Unfortunately, the Dutchmen could not create another rally and lost 9-5.
Because they pulled out only one win this past weekend, Union has its back against the wall.
The season ends next weekend, and the Dutchmen need to win out to still have a shot at making school history.
“I think if we go out and handle our business [this weekend], then we have a good shot in making the playoffs in a long time, “ said captain pitcher, Phil Kemp ‘13.
They will need help from Clarkson, which owns the fourth seed and will have to lose at least one of their last league games in order for Union to gain a playoff berth.
Without a doubt, Union will have its work cut out for them as they face the third place team, Skidmore (24-12 overall, and 15-9 league), this Saturday at Central Park