timberland oxford Baseball Falls to Houghton in Series Finale
Houghton College hit the Elmira College baseball team hard in the final game of theirEmpire 8 Conference series, which was made up on Monday evening in Houghton, New York, after being postponed on Friday. The Highlanders won the contest, 16 6, while taking the 2017 series from the Soaring Eagles, two games to one.
The Highlanders racked up 19 hits, tied for the most EC has surrendered to an opponent this season, including a pair of home runs. They never trailed after collecting a combined five runs in the second and third innings.
Down 5 0, the Soaring Eagles pushed across three runs in the fourth and fifth frames to come within two, with two RBIs coming off the bat of freshman Jansen Crossley ’20. Crossley, who had one of the best games of his young career at the plate, doubled in the fourth, allowing Dennis Rudolph ’18 to score from first. In the fifth, a Rudolph RBI single and Crossley RBI groundout reduced to deficit to 5 3. However, the 6 3 Highlander lead quickly turned into a six run advantage in the sixth, beginning with Bryan Hodge’s solo homer to lead off the inning. EC starter Conor Bawiec ’18was relieved shortly thereafter, and the bullpen was tagged with seven more runs in just 2.1 innings of work, all but sealing the victory for the Highlanders.
Elmira scored six runs on 12 hits, but left 14 runners on base.
Houghton tallied 16 runs on 19 hits, which included two doubles, one triple, and two solo home runs.
Dylan Bellinger ’17, Tommy Fogarty ’20, and Crossley each finished with three hits for EC.
Crossley led the Purple and Gold with a game high tying four RBIs.
Bellinger finished 3 for 4 with one RBI and two runs scored.
Rudolph drew three walks and was 1 for 2 at the plate.
Every Houghton starter had at least one hit, led by David Wessells, who went 4 for 5 with 4 RBIs.
Bawiec received the loss after giving up nine runs on 11 hits in 5.2 innings of work.
Bawiec led all pitchers with seven strikeouts and did not issue a free pass.
Edward Monthie earned the win for the Highlanders; he gave up four runs on seven hits in 6.0 innings.