TROY – The Vassar College baseball team’s near sweep of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on Sunday afternoon fell short in the nightcap, 11-10 despite picking up the early game win, 6-4.
The Brewers finish the series with the Engineers, 3-1 in favor of RPI. The split gives Vassar a record of 8-9 and 4-6 in League action.
The Brewers got out to a quick 3-0 lead at the end of two innings during the first game. Freshman Brooks English had a career day, going 2-for-2 in game one and 2-for-5 in the later game. He totaled four RBI and two runs.
Senior short stop Mike Perrone was the first to score, advancing home on a passed ball by RPI catcher Eric Kozak. English scored off a fielder error by short stop Jonny Rio.
English got Vassar another run when he singled to center and brought Perrone home in the top of the second. He also started the fourth inning in the same manner when he got an RBI single and brought Perrone home for a Vassar, 4-1 lead. Freshman Nick Johnson hit a single, bringing English in for the 5-1 lead in the fourth.
RPI responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Shane Matthews scored off a wild pitch from Brewer senior Joe Lovizio. Kozak doubled to right center, bringing in Nick Annunziata for the second run of the inning.
Lovizio went the distance, striking out nine. He gave up five hits and three earned runs. Lovizio now has a record of 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA.
RPI got out to the early start in game two when both Rio and Chuck Erickson hit home runs. Vassar swung the momentum in their favor with five unanswered runs. Annunziata hit a homer in the third, bringing RPI back within one run, 5-4.
After Vassar built a comfortable, 8-4 lead in the top of the fifth, RPI went on a scoring frenzy in the bottom of the sixth.
Freshman Cameron Hood gave up a double, hit a batter and gave up a single, loading the bases. He then let a pitch get away from him, hitting RPI’s Andrew Kalish and bringing in one run before freshman Connor Cucalon relieved him on the mound.
With three singles in a row and a double, RPI was back on top, 10-8. The Brewers would tie the game up at 10, but RPI scored the go-ahead run on an RBI single from Annuziata.