Bats Explode for 21 Runs vs. GCC

Bats Explode for 21 Runs vs. GCC

BATAVIA — The Finger Lakes Community College baseball team scored 21 runs in Thursday's doubleheader at Genesee Community College, but despite scoring its second-most runs in a doubleheader this year, the Lakers fell to the Cougars by scores of 19-13 and 9-8.

In Game 1, the Lakers (16-24, 12-11 Region III) scored four runs in the third and added eight runs in the fifth to take a 12-3 lead, but the Cougars rallied to win the opener.

Sophomore Nick Ferrino (Angola, N.Y./St. Francis) was 3-for-4 with three RBI and a pair of doubles, and classmate Austin Teets (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) was 2-for-4 with three RBI in Game 1.

Freshman Chris Karam (Elmira, N.Y./Corning-Painted Post) was 2-for-5 with two RBI, sophomore Mike Magnanti (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena) had a two-run triple, and freshman Cody Cooper (Farmington, N.Y./Canandaigua) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the opener.

Freshman Jake Rugaber (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, and sophomore Michael Donofrio (Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili) started and allowed three runs on three hits with four strikeouts.

The Lakers scored four runs in the third and added eight runs in the fifth to take a 12-3 lead, but the Cougars rallied to take the opener.

In Game 2, Cooper was a perfect 4-for-4 with four runs scored, a solo home run, and two doubles, Ferrino was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and freshman Trevor Bradshaw (Oswego, N.Y./Oswego) belted a two-run home run for the Lakers.

Tied at 2 heading to the third inning, FLCC pushed across three runs to take a 5-2 lead, but GCC seized control with a five-run outburst in the bottom of the inning for a 7-5 lead.

Trailing 9-5, FLCC scored once in the fifth and twice in the seventh but was unable to pull even and suffered the sweep.

The Lakers host Tompkins Cortland Community College for a doubleheader Saturday in the last home games of the regular season. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.