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Lakers Drop Two to Pioneers 7-3 and 6-5

Lakers Drop Two to Pioneers 7-3 and 6-5

ALFRED, N.Y. – The Finger Lakes baseball team got swept by Alfred State College on Thursday to split the season series with the Pioneers. The Lakers lost game one 7-3 and game two 6-5. The Lakers are now 15-26 on the season and stand at 11-10 in the competitive Western Division of Region 3.

The Lakers answered an early run by the Pioneers with one of their own in the first game. Down 1-0 in the top of the second, Troy Loparco would double to right centerfield. Nicholas Petrantoni would then single to score Loparco and level the game. The Lakes would pull ahead in the third. Joey Simmons led off the inning getting hit by the pitch. He would score on Dylan Catlin's first career triple. Catlin would then score on a Nate Eastman groundout and the Lakers led 3-1.

The lead was short lived however as the Pioneers would string hits together in the bottom of the frame with two outs. When the dust settled, they plated three runs and regained the lead 4-3. Alfred State's starting pitcher would only allow one Laker hit the rest of the game and the Pioneer bats would widen the margin to the 7-3 final score.

Game two was an emotional, back and forth game. The Lakers struck first in the top of the second, started once again by a Loparco double. He moved to third on a groundout, and with two outs, Corey Galletta singled him home for the early 1-0 lead. The Lakers would widen the margin in the fourth with a pair of runs, all with two outs. Galletta singled to start it off. Hunter Hey then reached on an error. Sophomore Aaron Freida would plate both of them on a double down the left field line.

Starting pitcher Derick Fera moved effectively through the first three innings. The Pioneers would tie the game in the fourth thanks to three Laker errors. The score was 3-3 following four innings. The Lakers would get back on the board in the fifth with back-to-back doubles by Catlin and Eastman.

The back and forth nature stayed true as the Pioneers would get two in the bottom of the frame, which ended Fera's day. Brandon Anderson got two quick outs to end any further damage. After a Galletta leadoff walk, the Lakers would tie the game in the sixth. He would steal second and move to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Freida would cash him in for his third RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to left field and the game was tied at 5-5.

The Lakers would strand runners on second and third in the seventh, and after two Pioneers struck out, they hit a hard single to left that took a bad hop and rolled to the wall. The runner would come all the way around to score and end the game, 6-5 Alfred State.

Eastman, Loparco, and Galletta each had a pair of hits for the Lakers. The three RBIs by Freida tied a season high for any Laker player (Kenny Urbanik, 3/19 @ Harford CC). Anderson and Kevin Carpentier allowed only one hit and struck out four in their combined 2 1/3 innings of relief work.

The Lakers are back on the road on Saturday as they face Tompkins Cortland Community College. First pitch from Dryden, N.Y. is set for 1 p.m.

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