HOUGHTON, NY – The RIT baseball team (6-4) broke a 4-4 tie with a run in the seventh inning and three in the ninth to defeat host Houghton (6-11) by a score of 8-4 on Thursday evening.
With the game tied 4-4 in the top of the seventh inning, Skip Flanagan (Framingham, MA/Bishop Feehan) ripped a triple to center field that scored CJ Bolorin (Rochester, NY/Rush-Henrietta), who reached on a triple of his own to right center field.
Houghton would go down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning, as would RIT in the top of the eighth. In the bottom half of the frame, Rich Sammon (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield) would get the first batter by a strikeout before walking the second man. He would get a second strikeout but the runner on base would advance to third on a wild pitch. Tyler Leichtenberger(Warren, PA/Warren Area) entered to induce a flyout and end the frame.
The Tigers would score three insurance runs in the top of the ninth, as Will Gorman (Nassau, NY/Columbia) led off with a triple to right field and scored on another triple by Ronnie Canestro (East Amherst, NY/Nichols) to make it 6-4. Bolorin would single in Canestro to give RIT a 7-4 advantage. Bolorin would steal second and advance to third on a single by Flanagan. Walt Roman (Spencerport, NY/Spencerport) would drive in Bolorin with a ground out, completing the scoring.
Leichtenberger would complete a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save of the season.
The top three batters in the RIT lineup, Canestro, Bolorin, and Flanagan, combined for seven of RIT’s nine hits. Canestro was 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored, and run driven in, while Bolorin scored three times and added two hits and a RBI. Flanagan was 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. Taylor Hogan (Rochester, NY/Brighton) hit a RBI double and also scored a run.
On the mound, Seth Noreman (Old Bethpage, NY/Old Bethpage-JFK) started, allowing five hits and three runs, while striking out seven batters in five innings. David Nitsch (Penfield, NY/Penfield) picked up his first collegiate win, allowing three hits and a run in two innings of relief.
Garret Kirpatrick led Houghton by going 2-for-4 with three RBI’s. Michael Kerr reached base four times, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks. Seth Cornell pitched well for Houghton, allowing five hits and two earned runs in seven innings.
The Tigers are now 8-2 all-time against Houghton.
RIT is right back in action on Friday morning with a doubleheader against Liberty League foe Bard College on the turf at Monroe Community College that starts at 9 a.m.