WINTER HAVEN, FL – The Vassar College baseball team held off a determined Medaille College squad, 6-3 Friday morning as they continue their Spring Break quest at the Chain of Lakes Field Complex. The win moved the Brewers to 2-0 on the year.
Freshman pitcher Jonathan Hong got his first collegiate start and win, pitching seven innings with two strikeouts. Junior Dave Robbins came in to close out the ninth.
Senior shortstop Mike Perrone opened the bottom of the first with a single and then stole second. Junior first baseman Brett Zaziski grounded out to Medaille shortstop Jake Tyno, but not in vain as Perrone advanced to third and freshman centerfielder Nick Johnson advance to second.
Junior left fielder Parker Werline doubled, bringing in both Perrone and Johnson for a Vassar, 2-0 lead.
Senior right fielder Sean Morash started the bottom of the second, reaching base on an error. Senior catcher A.J. Kim was then hit by a pitch from Jordan Wansart, advancing Morash to second. Freshman DH Brooks English sent Morash to third and Kim to second with a sacrificed bunt, followed by Perrone being walked to first for a bases-loaded situation.
Johnson flew out to center for a sac fly RBI to put the Brewers up, 3-0.
The Vassar defense hit a snag as back-to-back singles in the top of the fourth, scored two Medaille runners, closing the gap, 3-2. Ray Burnett brought in Chris Montanez and Tyno scored Mike Volpe.
The next Brewer at-bat was a three-up, three-down inning with Kim popping out, English grounding out to second and Perrone flying out to right.
Cory Bukowski grounded out, but also scored T.J. Serba who had tripled to right center, tying the game, 3-3.
Vassar pulled away, scoring on a Morash double in the sixth, a Zaziski triple in the seventh and a Werline sac fly later that same inning.
Tyno and Bukoswki were 3-for-5 for the day with an RBI each. Wansart picked up the loss for Medaille, going six innings and allowing all six runs.
Werline had two hits on his three at-bats with three RBI’s for Vassar.