By Chris Allen
The Dutchmen faced RIT in their senior weekend and last home games of the year.
They entered the games in first place in the Liberty League after having split the weekend series with Vassar the week before.
Jake Fishman ’17 was on the bump in the first game of the Saturday doubleheader. The young, talented pitcher entered the game with a 5-0 record. “He’s been a huge addition to the team,” said captain Dave Peretti ’14.
Fishman ended up continuing his dominating performance on the mound with seven innings and six strikeouts. Over the course of these seven innings, Fishman only let up one earned run and allowed one walk.
Sam Caruso ’14 singled and stole another base, keeping him atop the league for stolen bags. He initiated the offense for the Dutchmen. “We’ve run out of compliments to say about this kid [Caruso]. He does everything while remaining the humblest player on the team.
“Coming into the weekend he was second in hitting for the Liberty League but that has no effect on him, he just wants to see the team succeed,” said Joe Bradlee ’14.
After Peretti’s walk and Caruso and Peretti’s double steals, the two players crossed the plate as a result of an error from the Tigers catcher.
Later in the inning, Bradlee drilled a frozen rope to right to allow Kent Curran ’17 to score.
RIT closed the gap with two runs in the top of the fifth, but that was all they would get. The Dutchmen were able to tack on two more runs to finish the game with a 5-2 victory.
Caruso added two more hits to have a three-hit game, and Peretti increased the RBI count by scoring Jimmy Mulpeter ’15 and Caruso.
When looking at the lineups for the second game, your immediate attention should go to the pitching duel between Dutchmen captain Dane O’Neil ’14 and RIT’s Rory Little.
This was such an exciting matchup because O’Neil had a 5-0 record, while Little was also undefeated and had the best ERA in the Liberty League.
“Of course we were a little nervous knowing we were going to face a very good pitcher, but we maintained a loose atmosphere and just played our game,” said Caruso.
If the Dutchmen were nervous at all it certainly didn’t show as Peretti, Curran, Fishman and Bradlee provided the team with four runs in the first inning.
The offense continued in the fourth inning with five more runs, and the Dutchmen went on to win by a score of 11-3.
The Tigers and Dutchmen returned for Senior Day and a packed crowd at the field in Central Park.
Here Andrew Beaule ’14, Dane O’Neil, Vince Esposito ’14, Sam Caruso, Dave Peretti and Joe Bradlee were all recognized for their commitment and dedication to the Dutchmen baseball program.
Unfortunately, the first game did not go in the favor of Union, as they fell 2-1. The second game was a different scenario.
The Dutchmen scored early and never looked back. By the end of the seventh inning, they had a commanding 14-0 lead and ended with a final score of 14-3.
In the second game, Caruso led the offense by going 4-4 with four RBI’s. Fishman and Eric Egan ’16 had three RBI’s each.
Beaule was given the start and appeared to be conducting a clinic on the mound by throwing seven scoreless innings before letting up three runs in the eighth.
“Beaule’s performance today was incredible. The hitters had no clue what pitch was coming next. He was making my job easier as a catcher and made the hitters look foolish. One highlight came when he battled out of a bases loaded situation with no outs. Simply incredible,” said Peretti.
With the win, the Dutchmen now have a 22-9-1 record, and have claimed their second consecutive Liberty League regular season title. The Dutchmen will be moving on to the Liberty League playoffs. Go Dutchmen!