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Eastman’s 7-for-7 day at the plate leads Lakers to sweep of Hornets

Eastman’s 7-for-7 day at the plate leads Lakers to sweep of Hornets

CANANDAIGUA – Led by Nate Eastman's perfect day at the plate, the Finger Lakes baseball team was able to sweep the Broome CC Hornets 2-0 and 8-2 on Sunday. The Lakers now stand at 13-24 on the season, and are 9-8 within the region.

Game one started with the pitchers in control. They moved though the lineups early on without allowing a run. Finger Lakes was able to put pressure on the Hornets starter, but was unable to push anything across until the fourth inning. Dylan Catlin would lead the fourth off with a walk. Eastman would then double and advance Catlin to third. The double was the second of three hits in the game for Eastman.

After reaching base, Catlin would be brought in via a Troy Loparco groundout. Eastman would then score when a failed squeeze attempt caused the catcher to throw down to third to pick him off. The ball would ricochet off Eastman and go down the left field line, thus allowing him to score the Lakers second and final run of the contest.

The two runs would be all starting pitcher Kevin Carpentier would need. The tall freshman from Oswego, NY was in control all afternoon long in the opener as he struck out nine while surrendering just three hits in the complete game shutout. With the win, he leveled his season record at 2-2.

Eastman went 3-3 in game one with a double. Joining him with a multi-hit game was Joey Simmons, who was 2-3 with two stolen bases.

Broome, after three first inning Laker errors, jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the nightcap. After the first inning, the defense and starter Brandon Anderson settled in as he allowed just three base runners for the rest of his outing. Finger Lakes would tie the game in the second inning. Eastman, Loparco, and Nicholas Petrantoni began the inning with back-to-back-to-back singles. Eastman would be thrown out at the plate, but Hunter Hey would pick up his teammate with an RBI single. Hey's hit, which was to left field, plated Loparco. Petrantoni would then come home on a wild pitch to tie the game at 2-2.

The score would hold until the fourth. In that inning, the Lakers took the lead and put some distance in between themselves and the Hornets. With one out, Hey and Kenny Urbanik would register back-to-back singles to get the offense going. After getting on base with his single, Hey would score after Simmons reached on an error.

Kyle Consolie would then single to right field, which would plate Urbanik and move Simmons to third. He would score on a Catlin sacrifice fly. Eastman would continue his hot hitting as he would double to score Consolie. When the dust settled in the inning, the Lakers held a 6-2 lead and did not look back. They would tack on two more in the sixth, led by a Hey walk and singles by Urbanik and Simmons.

Anderson finished his six innings by allowing just three hits on no earned runs. He struck out seven in earning his first collegiate victory. Zachariah Lyman closed out the game with two strikeouts. Eastman paced the offense once again, going 4-4 with a double. Combined, he was 7-7 on the day, and 12-16 over the weekend series against Broome. Hey and Urbanik both had perfect 2-2 days at the plate as well.

The Lakers now enter a big mid-week series with the Alfred State College Pioneers. With the season winding down, the Pioneers hold the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Division. The Lakers currently sit in fifth place, one game back. The series will start at home on Tuesday before moving to Alfred on Thursday. Both doubleheaders will begin at 2pm.

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