Bunce's two RBIs, three-run eighth help Brockport drop No. 1 SUNY Cortland
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Brockport snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) victory against top-ranked SUNY Cortland on Friday. Four players collected multi-hit games for the Golden Eagles, including a team-high three hits from Mike Gianni.
A day after giving up an eighth-inning lead to Fredonia, Brockport scored three runs in the eighth against the Red Dragons. Cortland took the early 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, but Gianni tied the game up with an RBI single in the fifth. Strong pitching on both sides kept the game even until the eighth. A bases-loaded walk gave Brockport a 2-1 lead as Nick Bunce knocked in two runs to clinch the victory.
Bunce, Pete Wilson and Zach Lander all collected two hits on the day.
Travis Renwick got the start on the mound for the Golden Eagles and allowed just one earned run on seven hits in six innings of work. He walked one batter and struck out three. Rob Stankiewicz earned the win after pitching three innings, allowing just two hits. Stankiewicz improved to 2-0 on the year.
Bunce picked up his first hit of the day in the top of the second inning. After reaching third on a single from Lander and a sacrifice bunt from Dan Hurlimann, Bunce attempted to score on a passed ball, but was thrown out at the plate to keep the game scoreless.
Cortland took the initial 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth, but the Golden Eagles responded in the next frame. Hurlimann singled to shortstop and stole second and later scored on Gianni's single up the middle to even the score.
Neither side managed to take a lead until the Golden Eagles came to the plate in the eighth inning. Gianni opened up the inning with a single and Jake Coleman and Kyle Tracy were both hit by pitches in the next two at-bats. Wilson then gave Brockport the 2-1 lead with a bases-loaded walk. Bunce singled through the left side for two insurance runs.
Stankiewicz pitched a perfect ninth inning to secure the win.