Baseball Drops 5 Games: Prepares for Florida

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Men’s baseball

Anthony Corona

This past weekend, the C.W. Post baseball team dropped five games at the Baseball Heaven Complex in Yaphank, New York. The baseball team came back from North Carolina two weeks ago having dropped four games before coming back north for this week’s set of games. The Pioneers were scheduled to play at home this weekend, but due to poor field conditions, the Pioneers hosted games at the turf Baseball Heaven Complex instead.

On Friday, March 4th, the Pioneers hosted Southern New Hampshire University in a double-header. Starting pitcher Bo Budkevics went four and a third and struck out seven batters while surrendering only two runs on four hits and walking three. The damage came in the fifth inning, when the Pioneers surrendered six runs. Offensively, sophomore Casey McKay had three of the Pioneers’ four hits, leading the way. The Pioneers lost the game 9-0 and headed into the second game against the Penmen with junior pitcher Glen Hudson taking the ball.

Hudson put in a strong outing, holding SNHU to five scoreless innings, including a one out bases loaded jam in which he struck out the next two batters, ending the inning. The Pioneers took a 1-0 lead into the fifth inning before SNHU started their half of the inning, reaching on a Post error. The error followed a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch, putting the tying run on third with one out. A base hit through the right side would get the run and SNHU didn’t look back. The Pioneers could not put together a scoring inning after the fifth and lost the game 4-1.

Saturday and Sunday’s games did not get any easier, as the Pioneers were scheduled to host the seventh-ranked team in the nation, Franklin Pierce University. Saturday, the Pioneers sent sophomore pitcher Rafael Martinez to try and get the first win of the season in game one of a double header. Martinez had a strong start to the game, only allowing one hit in the first two innings, until surrendering three runs on four singles. Offensively, juniors Matt Simone and Steve Smith each had a pair of hits for the Pioneers. Smith went on to drive in the only run in the 1-10 loss to the Ravens. In the second game, junior Paul Bischoff threw five solid innings for the Pioneers, allowing only one run. Into the fifth however, the Pioneers collapsed defensively again, making two errors, followed by three more errors in the sixth. Offensively for the Pioneers, Smith had three hits, and sophomore catcher Anthony Corona had a pair of hits. The Pioneers would lose by a final of 7-2, bringing their season record to 0-8 in non-conference play. The Pioneers are scheduled to play Caldwell College on Wednesday, March 9th, at 3 p.m. and also host Dominican College on Friday, March 11th, at 3 p.m.

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