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Extra-inning rally carries Union to baseball sweep over SLU

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SCHENECTADY - Union College scored twice in the bottom of the 10th inning to overcome a 4-3 St. Lawrence University lead and swept a Liberty League doubleheader from the Saints 5-4 and 6-3 on Tuesday.

Union added to its Liberty League lead, improving to 12-4 overall and 9-1 in league play, The Saints are 10-6 overall and 4-3 in the league heading into a weekend series against Vassar.

Union jumped out to a 3-0 lead in game two, scoring three runs on a two run single by Tyler Heck and a single by Vince Esposito. The Saints tied it in the top of the sixth as Carter Franz and Khifer O’Connor singled and Brian Magovney delivered a three-run homer.

Franz hit a leadoff homer in the top of the tenth to give the Saints a 4-3 lead, but Union won it in the bottom of the inning when Jamie Faber singled, was sacrificed to second and scored on Sam Caruso’s double. Carouso came around with the winning run on a single by Anders Goetz.

Andrew Schreyack took the loss in relief for the Saints while Matt Yonta was the winning pitcher for Union.

Union won game one, overcoming an early Saint lead with three in the bottom of the first and building a 5-1 lead en route its 6-3 win.

The Saints took a lead in the top of the first when Bryan Palermo led off with a single, went to second on a walk and scored on Jeff Kott’s single, but control problems by Saint starter Mike Dell’Olio contributed to a three-run bottom of the first for the Dutchmen. Two singles put runners on first and third and wild pitches brought home all three runs.

Tyler Heck was hit by a pitch, went to second on an error and scored on Jeff Grasso’s single in the third and Matt Barretto singled and scored on Vince Esposito’s double to make it 5-1 in the fourth.

The Saints staged a two-out rally in the top of the fifth as Carter Franz walked, Khifter O’Connor singled and Kott walked to load the bases. Back-to-back walks to Jeff Prindle and Paul Piatelli plated the runs to cut the Union lead to 5-3, but the Dutchmen got that run back on a walk, a wild pitch and Sam Caruso’s single in the bottom of the fifth.

SLU had runners on second and third with two out in the sixth, but reliever Chris Pignatello worked out of the jam and Seth Roberts closed it in the seventh, earning a save on starter Phil Kemp’s win. Dell’Olio took the loss for the Saints with Ben Jenkins allowing one run in relief.

POTSDAM, CANTON LAXWOMEN FALL

SUNY Oneonta 16, Potsdam 10: In Oneonta, the host Red Dragons (7-5, 2-2 SUNYAC) used a strong second half to pull away from Potsdam (4-5, 1-2). Senior captain Whitney Boshart (Fort Drum, N.Y.) and junior attack Michelle Varney (Canton, N.Y.) each scored three times to lead the Bears. Jillian Donodeo scored a game-high five goals to pace Oneonta.

The Red Dragons were able to stay just in front of Potsdam in the first half. Trailing 2-0 just over four minutes into the game, Boshart got the Bears on the board. After another Oneonta tally, sophomore attack Bailey Weigel (East Amherst, N.Y.) got Potsdam back to within

3-2 at 18:46. The Red Dragons got the next two goals for their biggest lead of the half. Varney answered with two markers in 41 seconds for the Bears, the first coming on a pass from senior captain Denise Johns (Marcellus, N.Y.), and made it 5-4 Oneonta advantage at the

10:05 mark. The Red Dragons notched their sixth goal of the contest with less than three minutes remaining, but Boshart buried her second of the game with three seconds left in the half.

The Bears continued to hang with Oneonta through the first 12 minutes of the final period. Two goals from sophomore midfielder Margaret Wall (Rochester, N.Y.) and one each from Varney and Johns cut the Red Dragon lead to 11-9 with 18 minutes left. However, Oneonta pulled away with a 5-1 run to seal the 16-10 victory. Boshart completed her hat trick and Potsdam’s scoring at the 7:48 mark.

In goal, junior Jen Chmiel stopped 12 shots for the Bears, while Oneonta’s Frankie Wilson earned the victory with four saves.

The Bears look to bounce back this weekend as they travel to Geneseo on Saturday for a 1 p.m. SUNYAC battle with the Blue Knights.

Bard 16, Canton 13: Junior Brooke Knight (Madrid, N.Y.) pumped in four goals and freshman Alyssa Altschuler (Cheshire, N.Y.) made 13 saves in SUNY Canton’s loss to Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson.

Knight and Altschuler also had three ground balls apiece. Sophomore Tressa Goolden (Canton, N.Y.) added three goals and three ground balls. Freshman Keeley Rice (Potsdam, N.Y.) contributed two goals, one assist and three ground balls. Freshman Robyn Carroll (Bowmanville, Ontario) scored twice, and sophomore Devyn Hutcheson (Oswego, N.Y.) and senior Brittani Bessette (Canton, N.Y.) had one goal and one assist apiece.

Tuesday night’s game was a close contest as the Roos won the ground ball battle 27-22, but the Eagles came out on top in shots 38-33 and won 18 draw controls to 12 for SUNY Canton.

Bard built a 2-0 advantage two minutes into the opening half, before Bessette connected from Hutcheson to trim the lead in half with 20:12 on the clock. The Eagles reeled off three straight goals to stretch their lead to 5-1 with 15:59 remaining. Both teams traded goals twice over the next four minutes with Bard coming out on top 7-3 with 6:05 on the clock. Bard scored again with 4:46 left to make the score 8-3, but the Roos closed the half with three straight scores over the final 3:23 to pull within 8-6 at halftime. Knight scored off a free position shot, Rice scored unassisted and Goolden found the back of the net off a feed from Besstte to make it a two-goal affair.

SUNY Canton continued their momentum into the second half with two quick scores from Carroll and Goolden in the first 2:08. Bard answered with a 2-0 run of their own over a one-minute span to go back ahead by two goals, 10-8. The Roos rallied to tie the game for the second time in the final 30 minutes when Knight and Hutcheson scored to deadlock the game at 10-10.

But the Eagles had an answer and fired in four straight goals to take the lead for good with just under 13 minutes remaining in the half. Carroll scored her final goal with 1:27 left, but that’s as close as the Roos could come.

Stephanie LaMont tallied a seven-point night with six goals and one assist to lead Bard, and Maddy Huggins earned her fifth win of the season with eight saves in the cage.

SUNY Canton continues their spring break road trip this afternoon with a game at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. at 5 p.m.

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