2013 Baseball: Florida Recap

2013 Baseball:  Florida Recap

The Warriors would open their annual spring baseball trip in Fort Pierce, FL by taking on a tough West Virginia Wesleyan team that finished last season with 28 wins and 19 losses.  The game would feature a pitchers duel between Wesleyan ace Aaron Adams and Nyack sophomore Cole Tobin.  The game would remain scoreless until the top of the 8th inning when a Nyack defensive miscue loaded the bases which led to a Bobcat rbi single to take a 1-0 lead.  Wesleyan would tack on a second run with an RBI groundout later in the inning. An error in the 9th put the Warrior's in a 0-3 hole, which would remain the final score of the game.

Cole Tobin suffered the tough loss in the decision, tossing 7.1 strong innings of work with 5 strikeouts.

The Warriors returned to action on Saturday 3/9 in a non-conference bout against Bloomfield College at the Santaluces Complex near West Palm Beach.  Nyack would add single runs in the 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th innings on their way to a 4-1 win.  The Warriors would score three of their runs on pass balls or wild pitches and the 4th would come on an rbi single from Jan-Pierre Crespo.  Crespo would finish the day 2 for 3.

Logan White provided the 2nd consecutive strong start for the Warrior staff, picking up the victory in the first start of his collegiate career.  White notched 5 strikeouts against 2 walks during his 8 innings of work.  Tony Campbell would come on to pitch a scoreless 9th, also collecting his first collegiate save.

Following an off-day, the Nyack bats would come alive in Monday's contest vs. the University of Pitt-Johnstown in a game that took place at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, FL.  UPJ quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Nyack starter Jamie Fox, but the Warriors would answer right back with a 4-spot in the bottom of the first, with rbi singles coming from Brent James, Cole Tobin, and Mike Smith.  The Warriors would make it a 6-3 game in the bottom of the 2nd on another rbi single off the bat of Cole Tobin and an rbi groundout from Crespo.  Another rbi groundout from TJ Briggs made it a 7-3 game in the 4th, and UPJ would make it a 7-4 game in the 5th before Nyack extended their lead to 8-4 on a Mike McConnell single.   Rbi doubles from Tobin and Kris Chatman would make the score 10-5 Nyack after 6 innings of play, but UPJ would strike 5 times in the final three frames that last time with 2 outs in the 9th to force extra frames.  The Mountain Cats would tack on 2 runs in the top of the 10th to grab the come from behind victory.

Nyack would see multiple hit games from John Kennedy, Brent James, Cole Tobin and Mike Smith in the losing effort.  Nyack starter Jamie Fox was solid in his first start of the season. Fox would pitch 5 strong innings for the Warriors, allowing 4 earned and striking out 3.

St. Michael's would start out hot in the Warriors 4th game of the southern swing in a contest at the Santaluces complex in Lantana, Florida. The Purple Knights would jump ahead to a 4-0 lead in the first inning of play but the Warriors would pull it to 4-3 after RBI doubles from Brent James and Cole Tobin in the top of the third.  St. Michaels would tack on five more runs and lead 9-3 heading into the top of the 7th when the Warriors would answer with a 5 spot to make the score 9-8 on 5 straight two out RBI hits from: Tobin, James, Briggs, Smith, and Jose Rodriguez.  St. Michaels would add a run in the bottom of the inning and would lead 10-8 heading to the 9th.  With 1 out, Tony Campbell would connect with the first home run of his collegiate career to put Nyack within one at 10-9.  Kennedy would be hit by a pitch and would be scored on a double down the right field line from Eric Roe.  Jan-Pi Crespo would double in Roe from second base to put the Warriors up 11-10. Cody Harvey would pitch the final frame for the Warriors stranding the bases loaded and collecting his first collegiate save.

Adolfo Perez picked up the win, pitching 3.2 solid innings in relief and collecting his first collegiate victory.  Crespo, Tobin, James and Briggs would each post multiple hit efforts in the win.

Game two on Tuesday would see the Warriors fall in a 1-0 loss to LIU Post.  Eric Puterio would pitch 8 strong innings, allowing 0 earned runs and striking out three batters in the loss.  The Warriors would muster just 4 hits in the loss, two coming off the bat of Crespo.

Nyack would fall 10-6 in its Florida finale, to a UMass-Lowell team it's final year of NCAA Division 2 before making the jump to Division I.  A Riverhawk homer in the the second would give Lowell a 2-0 lead, but Nyack would close the gap to 2-1 in the top of the 5th when an RBI single from Mike McConnell scored Brent James, who had doubled earlier in the inning.  Another long ball in the bottom of the 5th would put UML up 5-1 after 5, but James would narrow the gap to 5-3, connecting on his first collegiate homer scoring Crespo and driving in two.  Lowell would broaden their lead to 10-3 until the ninth when an RBI single from Kris Chatman and a UML error would clear the bases and bringing home Mike Langston, MannyRamirez, and Jake Bryant and making  the score 10-6, but that would be as close as the Warriors would come as the Riverhawks would retire the final two batters to collect the win.

Brent James and TJ Briggs would each collect two hits for Nyack in the losing effort.

Nyack (3-6) returns to action Tuesday when they travel to take on American International College before beginning CACC play in their home opener Wednesday against Dominican.