The ECC baseball Kats had their three-game win streak snapped by Minnesota State Community & Technical College (MSCTC), 4-3, March 12, but rebounded with a 10-9 win over MSCTC in the second game of a doubleheader to bring Erie's record to 4-2 on the season.
The Kats experience both an offensive high and low against MSCTC. While the 10 runs in the win were a season high, the three runs in the loss matched a season low in the Kats' 23-3 season-opening loss.
The MSCTC split combined with a sweep of Herkimer County Community College, March 11, left the Kats with four wins out of five attempts in the Sunshine state.
A walk-off single led Erie past MSCTC, 10-9, in the matinee matchup. The game was tied at nine with Erie batting in the bottom of the eighth when Eric Marriott singled, driving in one run.
Erie scored five runs in the fifth inning featuring a triple by Marlison Brunken, a single by Coyote Sokolski, a stolen base by Kevin Koziol, and a single by Dylan Bucholtz.
Kyle Gould earned the win for the Kats by going two and two-thirds innings, surrendering one run, one hit, striking out one, and walking none. Nick Dimartile started the game for Erie and pitched one-third of an inning, allowing five runs, and no hits. Erie collected 10 hits with Darin Geska going 3-for-4 to lead Erie in hits.
In the opener against MSCTC, the Kats dropped 4-3 game that was tied at 3-3 when Nate Morris induced a ground out, but one MSCTC run scored. The Kats lost despite out-hitting the opposition four to three.
Erie captured the lead in the first inning when Brunken singled in the first inning and scoring one run, but MSTC scored three runs in the third inning.
Nate Morris took the loss for Erie after tossing five innings and surrendering four runs, three hits, and striking out four. Alex Lopez, Mike Cecchetto, and Brunken each drove in one run to lead Erie in their only Florida loss.
Against Herkimer, the Kats scored five runs in each contest in winning 5-2 and 5-4, respectively. In the opener against the Generals, an early lead helped the Kats after Brunken scored on a groundout in the first and a home run by Marcus Johnston in the second inning.
Mike DeLeo earned the win for Erie. He pitched six innings, allowing two runs, six hits, and striking out nine. Johnston and Brunken each drove in two runs to lead the Kats Varsity.
In a much closer matinee game, Erie got by Herkimer by a single run after taking the lead late. The game was tied at four with Erie batting in the top of the eighth when Bucholtz singled in one run.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Herkimer tied things up at 4-4 after Erie scored four runs in the fourth inning highlighted by a Bucholtz double and a single by Willy Arias.
Gabe Seijas earned the win for Erie and threw one and one-third innings, giving up no runs, no hits, and striking out one. Gould recorded the last three outs to earn the save for the Kats.
Luke Hennessy started the game for Erie and pitched five and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, seven hits, and striking out two. Erie collected seven hits and were led by a pair of hits each by Bucholtz and Arias.