Baseball sweeps Bard on Saturday in a pair of one-innings
ITHACA, NY – The Ithaca College baseball team avenged a one-point loss to Bard College yesterday at Cornell University’s Hoy Field with two one-point wins on Saturday, 4-3 and 3-2, in a Liberty League doubles match. The Bombers are now 17-6 this season and 5-3 in the Liberty League.
FIRST MATCH: Ithaca 4, Bard 3 (7 innings)
The Bombers took a 1-0 lead late in the first inning as Buzz Shirley ripped a one-out brace into the left center gap to drive home Mike Nauta, who reached on a lead step. Two batters later, the lead grew to 3-0 as Connor Pedersen punched a two-run homer to left field.
In the top of the third inning, Bard scored two runs without producing a hit to make it 3-2. After a strikeout to start the inning, the Raptors were hit in back-to-back plate appearances, then a run was scored on a double steal and an error. Two more walks charged the bases and a sacrifice fly to right field brought home the second run of the inning. Bard continued to threaten with another walk to keep the bases loaded, but the inning ended with a fielder picked.
A 30-minute rain delay halted play down the third. The Bombers put two runners in scoring position after play resumed, but a groundout at third base prevented IC from playing.
Bard tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the fifth with a two-out single to left. IC got the first two batters off the frame, but a field single followed by a wild pitch set up the RBI base hit.
IC regained the lead, 4-3, in the bottom half of the fifth on a right sack fly off the start of Ethan Rothstein. Pedersen started the inning with a resounding double to left center and moved up to third on a par flyout. Matt Fabien right, who set up the bag fly for Rothstein.
The Bombers charged in the bottom of the sixth with two outs, but Bard got away with one out at shortstop to keep the game at 4-3.
In the top of the seventh, Bard led off with a single to field to hit Nate Scott game and Garret Bell come into relief. The next batter laid down a sacrificial bunt, then a pitch hit set up another runner. After a pair of stolen bases put both Bard runners in scoring position, Bell ended the contest with one strikeout and one strikeout.
Scott improved to 3-2 this season striking out four in 6.0 innings pitched. Bell made his first save of the season.
SECOND GAME: Ithaca 3, Bard 2
In the last drink, IC took a 1-0 lead late in the first period as Pedersen led Nauta with a single to left center. Nauta started the frame with a hit to right center and got into position to score on a passed ball.
Bard tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the sixth with an RBI brace against the wall in left field. Luckily for the Bombers, the ball didn’t go over the fence or Bard would have taken a 3-1 lead but slipped away tied at 1-1 after Colin Leyer landed a strikeout and a flyout to retire the team and lock two runners in scoring position.
IC responded with two runs late in the sixth as Ryan Laubscher ripped an RBI triple down the right field line to drive home Matt Fabien from first base, then Laubscher scored on a passed ball.
Bard got another run in the top of the seventh on back-to-back doubles to make it 3-2. After Leyner recorded the first out on an early pick, he allowed a brace and was pulled from the game after 7.1 innings of work with seven strikeouts. Leyner allowed six hits and two earned runs as he was responsible for the second-after runner Eislandy Rives came in relief and allowed a double to the first batter he faced.
Rives slammed the door in the ninth as he picked a runner, caused a groundout and hit the last batter in a bid to earn his second stoppage of the season.
The Bombers will host No. 6 Cortland on April 13 at 4 p.m.