Ithaca secures sweep of SUNY Oneonta with five-run sixth-inning rally
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Ithaca picked up two victories Wednesday afternoon in a doubleheader against Oneonta at Cornell's Hoy Field. Ithaca won the first game by a 9-4 final score with a five-run sixth-inning rally, and then scored three times in the bottom of the seventh capped by a game-winning home run for a 7-5 victory in the second game. Ithaca improved to 11-4 overall.
ITHACA 9, ONEONTA 4
The Bombers trailed early after Oneonta scored three times in the top of the third. Ithaca pulled one run back in the bottom of the inning after Christian Brown tripled and Matt Connolly followed with an infield single that brought home Brown. Two more runs scored in the Ithaca fourth to tie the score 3-3. Connolly doubled down the left field line to bring in Jared Amory and Cooper Belyea.
Ithaca took the lead in the fifth on a throwing error in the infield that allowed Colby Gee to score from third base, but Oneonta tied it again in the top of the sixth. The decisive five-run rally in the bottom of the sixth included just three hits, two of which were RBI doubles by Tim Henry and Zach Cole.
Jimmy Wagner picked up the victory in relief of Ryan Contegni, who pitched three effective innings, allowing two hits and two runs, one of which was earned. Ithaca pitchers issued six walks and hit two batters. Connolly and Luke Stark had two hits each for the Bombers.
ITHACA 7, ONEONTA 5
Ithaca saw a two-run lead turn into a one-run deficit after a seventh-inning rally by Oneonta gave the Red Dragons a 5-4 lead, but the Bombers responded with three runs in the bottom of the seventh, including Colby Gee's game-winning two-run homer of the left-field fence. That gave Ithaca its seventh-consecutive victory.
The last-inning rally was necessary after Oneonta scored three times on a bases-clearing triple in the top of the inning. Ithaca responded with a leadoff triple by Zach Cole, followed one out later by an RBI single from John Stanley to tie the game. After a strikeout, Gee's blast was the game-winner.
John Prendergast pitched the final two outs of the top of the seventh, both by strikeout, which ended the Oneonta rally and earned him the victory in relief. He is 5-0 on the year. Freshman starter Logan Barer was effective after yielding one run on five hits in the first two innings. He ended up pitching five and two-thirds, with one walk and three strikeouts.
Ithaca scored its early runs in a four-run third inning. Steven Yanchus, Christian Brown and John Stanley all had singles and Colby Gee had an RBI double in that inning. Stanley finished the game 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs. Yanchus and Gee had two hits each.