POUGHKEEPSIE – The Vassar College baseball team posted six runs in the decisive sixth inning in game one of a Liberty League doubleheader with Clarkson University Saturday, rallying to earn a 7-5 win in the opener. The Golden Knights would responded with a 13-9 win in game two to salvage a split Saturday in action from Prentiss Field on the campus of Vassar College. The games were originally scheduled to be played in Potsdam, but the weather forced the move south.
Game 1: Vassar 7, Clarkson 5
The Vassar College baseball team trailed by four runs going into the bottom of the sixth in the first game of Saturday’s twinbill, but scored six times to come-from-behind to earn the win over Clarkson.
The Golden Knights (6-6, 2-1 Liberty) opened the scoring in the top of the third, getting an unearned run to take a 1-0 lead. Vassar College tied the game in the bottom of the third, as Brett Zaziski doubled to left field and was scored a batter later thanks to a RBI single from Nick Johnson.
Clarkson regained the lead with a single unearned run in the top of the fifth, and would take a four-run lead in the next frame with three more unearned tallies to make the score 5-1 going into the bottom half of the sixth. That’s when the Brewers would make their move, as VC posted six runs on five hits to take the lead.
In the frame, Zaziski doubled to start the stanza, and Johnson again scored him with a single on the next at-bat. Sophomore Brooks English followed with a single, and Johnson came around on a sacrifice fly from Cory Wuenschell. The big blow came two batters later, as Jason Garfinkel doubled in a pair to even the score at five.
Garfinkel would come around to score the eventual game-winning run on a wild pitch, and back-to-back free passes also forced in a run to finish the frame. Connor Cucalon earned the save, allowing two hits but getting out of a jam in the seventh.
The Vassar 3-4-5 of the lineup went 6-for-8 in the game, as Zaziski finished 2-for-2 with three RBI and a walk. Johnson drove in three and walked twice, while English had a pair of knocks. Adam Erkis was stellar, allowing no earned runs and six hits while fanning five in earning the win.