The Engineers’ baseball team found its groove this past weekend when they went up against Skidmore College in two doubleheaders, going 3-1 against the Thoroughbreds.
Saturday was not a day to be a Thoroughbred fan, as the Engineer’s racked up a stunning eleven runs in the first inning.
Through a combination of walks and some nicely placed hits, RPI sent fifteen players to the plate each, nearly batting around twice before the inning ended. This put the Engineers in a comfy lead for the remainder of the game, one which Skidmore would not come close to challenging.
Runs from Skidmore came in the second and fifth innings, but it was nowhere near enough to threaten the commanding lead that the Engineers had created. Saturday’s first game ended in a massive 15-2 win for Rensselaer.
Game two told a different story, one in which both teams struggled to make offensive progress in the early innings of the game.
Skidmore catcher Hayden Smith reached first base in the bottom of the fourth due to an error by Rensselaer. Then, right fielder Josh Brown singled to left field, allowing Smith to advance. Smith scored, unearned, on an RPI error, putting the Thoroughbreds up 1-0. Later in the same inning, third baseman Mike Fogarty flew out to centerfield, allowing Brown to scamper home.
It took until the top of the sixth inning for the Engineers to get a hit, quite contrary to their earlier game. The dry streak was broken by sophomore J.T. Sawyer, who singled to left. Sophomore Weston Hawkins then hit a long double down the right field line, allowing Sawyer to put the Engineers on the board.
Rensselaer came alive in the late innings of the game, scoring four runs in the top of the seventh and adding five more in the top of the eighth. Skidmore could only answer with one run in the bottom of the seventh, allowing the Engineers to win 10-5 and sweep Saturday’s games.
Skidmore started Sunday’s first game with two runs in the second. However, Rensselaer answered in the bottom of the fourth with two runs of their own, tying the game 2-2.
Junior Sam Lawrence put the Engineers in the lead in the fifth, sending sophomore Christian Spagnuola, who had doubled earlier, home on an error by Skidmore second baseman Nick Fronte.
The Thoroughbreds were not about to let the Engineers take another game from them; however, they managed to score a total of five runs in the final two innings, and held on to win 7-3 over RPI.
Rensselaer established a lead in the first inning of game four, when Hawkins scored off of a fly out to right field from Lawrence. Hawkins scored again in the second, this time thanks to a single to left field by Spagnuola.
Skidmore answered in the top of the fifth with a run to make the score 2-1. But, the Engineers answered with four of their own in the bottom of the inning to extend their lead to 6-1. Skidmore threatened to steal the game away from RPI in the top of the ninth, but were shut down before they could take the lead. The game ended 7-5 in favor of the Engineers.
Rensselaer is back in action at Rochester Institute of Technology this weekend.