A pair of big innings is what it took for the SUNY Erie baseball team to sweep a doubleheader from nationally-ranked Century College (MN) Tuesday in Winter Haven, FL. Erie won the opener, 6-2, and took the nightcap, 5-4.
Erie is now 6-1 on the season. The Kats are ranked No. 7 in today’s NJCAA Division 3 poll. Century (5-6) is ranked No. 6 in the same poll.
Trailing 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth inning of the opener, the Kats scored five runs in the inning to take a commanding four-run lead. A one-out RBI single by sophomore catcher Yeshua Saint gave Erie a 3-2 lead in the inning. Sophomore first baseman Felix Garcia drove in two runs in the game and sophomore second baseman William Arias had a double.
Sophomore Chris Vitale picked up his second win of the season on the mound. He pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on nine hits. He struck out five and walked three.
A two-run double by sophomore shortstop Alex Lopez capped a four-run sixth inning for Erie in the nightcap, giving the Kats a 5-2 lead. Lopez finished the game one-for-three with two RBI. He also picked up the save after closing out the game in the seventh inning. Saint was one-for-one with two runs scored and had his first win of the season on the mound.
Erie will continue its Florida portion of the schedule when it faces Delgado Community College (LA).