SCHENECTADY – The Vassar College baseball team split a pair of games with Liberty League-leading opponent Union College during doubleheader action on Saturday afternoon. The Brewers picked up the early, 4-0 win while dropping the second game of the afternoon, 7-2.
Junior pitcher Joe Lovizio pitched his third shutout of the season in the first game. He pitched a full game with only six hits while striking out five Dutchmen.
The Brewer bats broke Union’s Dane O’Neil’s perfect, 6-0 season with the loss. O’Neil gave up six hits and all four, earned runs. He also struck out five batters but unlike Lovizio, gave up three walks whilst Lovizio didn’t walk a single batter.
Sophomore third baseman, Jason Garfinkel singled through the right side, bringing home junior second baseman, Dave Robbins and giving Vassar the lead at 1-0 in the fourth inning, which they would not relinquish.
Junior first baseman Brett Zaziski doubled in the fifth to score Perrone. Morash hit a grounder to O’Neil, allowing Zaziski to run home on the throw for the 3-0 Brewer lead. Perrone picked up an RBI of his own in the sixth when his single sent Kim across home plate.
Zaziski was 3-for-4 from the plate in game one with one RBI and one run. He picked up another RBI in game two from his 2-for-4 outing.
Zaziski’s RBI single to left field that drove in Perrone in the first inning of the nightcap gave Vassar the early 1-0 lead, but didn’t hold. Union scored four runs in the bottom of the third, giving itself a 4-1 lead. The Dutchmen piled on another two runs in the sixth and one in the eighth.
The 7-1 lead was too much despite Kim’s double to left field in the top of the ninth that scored Robbins, as Vassar would have to settle for the split on the twin bill.
Freshman Jonathan Hong picked up his fourth loss of the season. He pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and six runs (five of them earned). Phil Kemp got his fifth win of the season for Union, going six innings with only four hits.