CATONSVILLE, MD. – The Finger Lakes Community College Lakers (0-2, 0-0 MSAC) kicked off their 2012 season today on the road with a pair of close losses in a doubleheader against Community College of Baltimore County–Catonsville (of Maryland) by scores of 7-3 (game one) and 5-4 (game two).
The game one loss for Finger Lakes was highlighted by the pitching effort of David Bradshaw (freshman, Canandaigua, NY). On the afternoon, Bradshaw recorded 3 strikeouts and allowed just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings worth of work. Offensively, the Lakers were led by Dominick Beniamino (sophomore, infielder, Geneva, NY) and Adam Szczupakowski (catcher, sophomore, Spencerport, NY). Both Lakers players registered 2 hits apiece in the losing effort. Beniamino also tacked on 2 stolen bases and crossed the plate twice. Along with his 2-hit afternoon, Szczupakowski drove in 2 of Finger Lakes 3 runs.
In game two, the Lakers trailed 4-0 in the fifth inning before mounting a comeback to tie CCBC-Catonsville in the sixth inning 4-4. The late game charge by Finger Lakes was led by Eddie Tagliareni (shortstop, freshman, Mexico, NY), Anthony Gonzalez (infielder, freshman, Rochester, NY), and Beniamino. All three players registered back-to-back-to-back hits in the fifth inning to help get the Lakers back into the game. Finger Lakes scored 3 runs in the fifth and tacked on 1 run in the sixth to tie the game. Gonzalez was in the middle of the late game offensive surge for Finger Lakes. On top of partaking in the fifth inning rally, he was also responsible for tying the game win an RBI single in the sixth. The Lakers comeback was ended by a go ahead run scored by CCBC-Catonsville in the sixth inning.
Gonzalez and Beniamino each finished game two with 2 hits apiece. Finger Lakes starting pitcher Stephen Lewis (freshman, Pittsford, NY) pitched a complete game for the Lakers in the nightcap. On the evening, Lewis recorded 6 strikeouts and allowed just 1 earned run.
The Lakers will play a doubleheader on Monday (3/12) at Allegany College of Maryland (Division II opponent). Game one is scheduled to get underway at 12:00 pm.