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May 9th, 2012

RPI hands Vassar pair of extra-inning defeats

Vassar Freshman Jason Garfinkel went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI in game one of a doubleheader against RPI. Vassar lost both contests in extra-innings.
Troy - The Vassar College baseball team dropped a pair of one-run, extra-inning games to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in a Liberty League doubleheader on Saturday at Robison Field.

In game one, Vassar took a 7-5 lead into the bottom of the seventh, but RPI scored two runs to send the game to extra innings and won 8-7 on a walk-off single by Johnny Rio in the bottom of the eighth. In a pitcher’s duel in game two, both starters took a 1-1 tie beyond the seven scheduled innings, until Art Levenson won it for the Engineers with a walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th inning.

The Brewers (11-23, 9-15) wrap up the series against RPI (21-17, 18-8) and celebrate Senior Day with a home doubleheader on Sunday at noon at Prentiss Baseball Field.

Trailing 5-1 in game one, the Brewers evened the score at 5-5 with a four-run rally in the fifth behind three consecutive RBI singles by Dave Robbins, Jason Garfinkel and Parker Werline. Sean Morash grounded into a double play to score the tying run.

Vassar managed one run each in the sixth and seventh innings to set up a save situation at 7-5 in the bottom of the seventh. The Engineers mustered a pair of sacrifice flys by Kyle LaVigne and Andrew Kalish to tie the game at 7-7 and send it to extra innings. With runners on first and second and two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Rio slapped a walk-off single for an 8-7 RPI win.

Mike Campisi earned the win for RPI with two innings in relief, allowing one run on one hit. Zander Mrlik is tagged the loss for Vassar with two runs on two hits in 1.2 innings in relief.

In game two, Dan Duval threw a 10-inning one-hitter, allowing one run in the fourth to earn the win. Vassar’s Joe Lovizio allowed two runs on six hits in the loss. RPI tied the game with an RBI-double by Rio in the sixth and won it with Levenson’s walk-off.

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