Men’s Baseball had two great comebacks in this past Saturday’s doubleheader against St. Lawrence, winning 7–6 and 16–13.
Things started off in favor of St. Lawrence when the team jumped out to a 5–0 lead by the top of the fourth inning. The ‘Jackets quickly reeled the Saints back in by scoring four runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth.
The inning was highlighted by junior outfielder Corey Ziring’s base-clearing triple, which brought home three runners. St. Lawrence had no answer in the top of the fifth inning, and the ‘Jackets piled on another three runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Saints managed to score one run in the top of the seventh, but that wasn’t enough as the ‘Jackets took the first game of the day.
The second game showcased tons of offense from start to finish. St. Lawrence went up 2–0 in the first inning, answered by a solo shot off the bat of senior shortstop Tyler Schmidt. The third inning totaled eight runs, four for each side. This was followed by yet another four-run inning for St. Lawrence in the top of the fourth.
The ‘Jackets were unable to answer in the bottom of the fourth, but they sent a message in the fifth inning. Senior infielder Owen Gabbey made his first career appearance pitching for the ‘Jackets and sent three batters back to the dugout on seven pitches. When it was UR’s turn to bat in the bottom of the fifth, the team fed off Gabbey’s performance and made it all the way through the rotation, sending 10 batters to the plate in one inning. The ‘Jackets put up five runs and tied the game at 10 apiece. Gabbey continued to tear apart the Saints’ lineup, getting the next six batters out in a row.
The ‘Jackets brought in three more runs in the bottom of the seventh, two of which came off the bat of junior Jack Herman, who hit a big triple. Gabbey kept on doing his thing on the mound, holding St. Lawrence to no runs for the fourth straight inning. Junior infielder Aiden Finch had the big triple this time, as the ‘Jackets put up three more runs in the bottom of the eighth to lead 16–10. St. Lawrence scored again in the ninth inning, plating three runners and cutting into the lead, but it was not enough to win.
The ‘Jackets had some great statistical performances, highlighted by their 23 runs on 25 hits. They were led by Herman’s four hits, four RBIs, and four runs. Ziring and Finch also had four RBIs each and Schmidt also totaled four runs on the day.
Gabbey was credited with a win for his performance in the second game and led the way for pitchers with four hitless innings and no runs allowed. Senior pitcher Luke Meyerson was credited with the first win, bringing him to 2–1 on the season, and graduate student Will Conroy got his first save of the year in the same game. Additionally, junior pitcher Tyler McConway earned a save in the second game for the ‘Jackets.