(Canton, N.Y.)- Senior Gerardo Torres (Theresa, N.Y.) drove in the go-ahead run and sophomore Travis Legacy (Malone, N.Y.) recorded his team-leading fifth win leading the SUNY Canton baseball team to a come-from behind 4-2 victory over Utica College in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday. The Pioneers won the first game 6-1.
The Roos, who end the season 13-23, fell behind 2-0 but rallied to tie the time game with one run in the fourth inning off a double by Torres down the left field line, and another run in the fifth inning off a Utica error. In the bottom of the sixth, freshman Eddy Morel (Lake Worth, Fla.) drew a one-out walk, and then came all the way around to score the game-winning run when Torres ripped his team-leading third triple of the year to deep centerfield. Torres then crossed home plate for an insurance run after an errant throw from the outfield went out of play.
The Pioneers kept battling and put two runners on in the top of the seventh off two straight walks from Legacy. But the sophomore didn’t let that rattle him as he got the next batter to fly out to left field, and then struck out the final batter swinging to end the game.
Legacy notched his fourth complete game finishing with five strikeouts. He allowed three hits and three walks in a solid seven-inning performance. Torres finished 2-for-2 with those two decisive RBIs.
Junior Jordan Hunneyman (Redwood, N.Y.) singled twice, and senior Michael Zelyez (Brasher Falls, N.Y.) had one single.
In game one, Hunneyman had two singles and an RBI. Torres and freshmen Cody Ploughman (Barrie, Ontario), Kyle Sacks (Clifton Park, N.Y.), and Kevin Hill (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) each singled once. Ploughman scored for the Roos after drawing a lead-off walk in the bottom of the first, and then came home on an RBI-single from Hunneyman.
Zelyez started on the mound and fanned seven batters allowing three earned runs on six hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. Sophomore James Amelotte (Cornwall, Ontario) relieved Zelyez and had three strikeouts surrendering five hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Vincent Burillo, Nick Dunbar and Benjamin Hobaica each doubled for the Pioneers (5-22), and Joshua Webb had three strikeouts and allowed seven hits in seven innings.