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Offense Lifts Lakers to Split at Jamestown

Offense Lifts Lakers to Split at Jamestown

JAMESTOWN, NY. -- Behind a 14-hit attack, Finger Lakes beat Jamestown CC in game two of a doubleheader on Tuesday by the score of 12-5. The Jayhawks topped the Lakers in game one 4-3 in nine innings. Finger Lakes now stands at 7-15 on the season and is 3-3 in regional play.

Finger Lakes did not give starting pitcher Brandon Anderson much support in game one. The offense managed just three hits and four total base runners in the first six innings. Anderson did his best to keep the game within reach, allowing just four hits and three runs (two earned), while striking out five during those first six innings.

His effort on the mound would be rewarded in the top of the seventh. Back-to-back singles by Corey Galletta and Joey Simmons started the Lakers off in the inning; however, two quick fly outs dampened the excitement. Galletta would score on a passed ball to make the score 3-1. Dylan Catlin would single to have runners on the corners with Troy Loparco at bat. He would reach base and drive in Simmons, and after doing so, Kenny Urbanik would rip a single off the third baseman's leg to drive home the game-tying run, which would ultimately force extra innings.

In the bottom of the 8th, Jamestown threatened with runners on first and second with one out. Finger Lakes went to the bullpen and brought in Kevin Close. He would get a groundout on his first pitch and would then strike out the next batter on three pitches to end the inning and extend the game. However, Jamestown would string three hits together in the bottom of the 9th for the 4-3 victory. Anderson finished the day with career highs in strikeouts (six) and innings pitched (7 1/3 innings).

In game two, Finger Lakes got on the board early and set the tone. Simmons and Galletta both singled to start the game. Simmons was brought home on a double by Branden Rhodes, while Galletta scored on a Catlin groundout. It was the start of what would be a career day for Simmons. The Jayhawks answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the first to make it 2-1 Lakers. However, Finger Lakes widened the lead quickly in the top of the second. With two outs, Kyle Consolie singled past the first baseman to start the rally. He would score on a triple by Simmons, who would then score on a wild pitch. Galletta would walk and score on a Rhodes double (second of the game), putting the Lakers lead at 5-1.

Starting pitcher Derick Fera would pitch into the sixth inning with six strikeouts. Finger Lakes would tack on a run in the third when Loparco tripled and Nate Eastman drove him home. The Lakers would add on two more in the fourth to widen the margin to 8-1. Jamestown would cut the margin to 8-5 in the fifth and threatened in the sixth, but Danny Baker forced a groundout and fly out to end the inning. Finger Lakes added on four more runs in the seventh and Baker got the Jayhawks 1, 2, and 3 to end the game. The win evened Fera's record at 2-2 and Baker earned his second save of the year.

Simmons finished game two with a season and career-high four hits and fell a home run short of the cycle. Also joining Simmons with multi-hit games were Rhodes, Loparco, Eastman, and Consolie. In addition to their hits, Simmons, Rhodes and Eastman each drove in a pair of runs.

Weather has already affected the baseball schedule as Thursday's home doubleheader against Jamestown has been postponed for Finger Lakes. The Lakers will return to the field on Saturday with a noon doubleheader at Corning CC.

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