For the second time this season the ECC baseball team swept a doubleheader, but this time in impressive style. While the first sweep was by a combined four runs over Herkimer County Community College March 11 in Florida, the Kats pounded the Panthers by a combined 22-3 score - a differential of 15 more than last time. The wins also improved the Kats' overall season record to 10-13.
An early lead helped propel the Kats to a 14-2 victory in the first game on home runs by Eric Marriott and Darin Geska in the first inning, while the second game belonged to Austin Wheeler, whose three hits sparked Erie to an 8-1 win.
In the first game, the Kats registered 14 hits and scored in five of the game's six innings. Marriott and Ben Ruggiero accounted for half of the team's hits with the former recording three and the latter four.
In addition, the pair each recorded four RBI. Also adding a pair of hits were Geska and Marcus Johnston, while Alex Lopez scored four times and had a pair of stolen bases.
Nate Morris recorded the win from the mound in four innings of work and allowed five hits, two runs and three walks with five strikeouts.
In the second game, Luke Bowser went all seven innings from the bump in allowing three hits, one run and two walks, while striking out eight.
Offensively, the Kats recorded another double-digit hit performance in the matinee rematch with 10. One of Wheeler's three hits was a triple and he also added three RBI and scored once. Mike Cecchetto's pair of hits with Wheeler's three accounted for half of the team's hits.
Marriott only had one hit in the second game, but a pair of stolen bases allowed him to score three of the team's eight runs.
The Kats can match a season-high three game win streak with a victory in their next game against Onondaga CC, April 11. A win would match the three wins the Kats recorded when they started their Florida trip almost a month ago.
After 23 games away from the ECC North Campus field, the Kats will also have their home season-opener against the Lazers with the first of two games scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.