RPI goes 3-1 against Vassar College Brewers

SENIOR STEPHEN SCHIAVONE HURLS the ball from the pitcher’s mound during Saturday’s game.

The Engineers played a whopping six games this past week, going 3-3 overall. Earlier in the week, Rensselaer faced Williams College and Western New England University, losing 4-0 and 4-1, respectively. Then, this past weekend baseball played a pair of doubleheaders against Vassar College, splitting Saturday’s games with a 4-0 win and 5-1 loss, and sweeping Sunday’s games with 10-1 and 6-0 wins.

Williams got off to an early start last Wednesday and proceeded to shut the Engineers out of the game. In the bottom of the first, Ephs player David Rosas was hit by a pitch, sending him to first. His teammates helped him advance to third, first grounding out to the pitcher and then the shortstop. Before the Engineers could lock down the inning, a fielding error by first base sent him home and put Williams on the board first.

In the bottom of the second, Adam Regensburg hit a double to left center, and then later scored on a fielding error by second base. Two more runs came for the Ephs in the third, putting the score at 4-0. Despite six hits, the Engineers were unable to send a man home and the game ended with the same score.

Rensselaer was home against Western New England last Thursday. The Golden Bears got off to an early start, scoring a run in the first inning thanks to a hit-by-pitch, a stolen base, and a flyout to left field.

Eduardo Colmenares doubled up on the Golden Bear’s runs in the third inning, scoring a solo homer. Sophomore Weston Hawkins answered in the bottom of the inning with his own solo home run, putting the Engineers on the board.

However, that was the only run that RPI put up for the rest of the game, while Western New England scored two more; one in the fifth and one in the ninth, with a final score of 4-1.

Vassar went down one-two-three at the start of the game, and the Engineers scored two runs in the bottom of the first to keep the momentum up. The rally started with two outs, when junior Sam Lawrence reached first and advanced to second on a throwing error by third base. Sophomore Ethann Meister hit a massive triple deep into right center, sending Lawrence home. The Vassar shortstop overthrew the ball on its way to third, sending Meister home for an effective home run. The Engineers were up 2-0.

Junior Yahriel Jimenez made it to first on a throwing error by the pitcher in the fifth. Sophomore Christian Spagnuola performed a sacrifice bunt to advance Jimenez to second, and then to third on a wild pitch. Sophomore J.T. Sawyer had an RBI single to center, which wrapped up the scoring for the inning.

The fourth and final run of Saturday’s first game came from junior Thomas Desmond, who hit a solo home run. Vassar was unable to answer what the Engineers threw at them, and the game ended 4-0.

Scoring in the Saturday’s second game started in the second inning. Junior Matt Lawrence singled to left field, followed up by senior Chris Holomakoff who singled to third and advanced Lawrence to second. With him in scoring position, Spagnuola singled down the left field line to send Lawrence home and Holomakoff to third. Unfortunately, Sawyer flew out to center to end the inning.

The Brewers had two men in scoring position at the top of the third when an error by second base on a throw to first allowed both to score.

The Engineers trailed for the remainder of the game, but also prevented Vassar from widening their 2-1 lead.

In the top of the eighth, Vassar put up two more runs thanks to a walk and two doubles. The Engineers were still unable to score any runs, losing 4-1.

The teams were back at it again on Sunday, this time away in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for another doubleheader.

In the first game, the Engineers scored first starting in the second inning, although Vassar turned out to be its worst enemy. The bases were loaded thanks to a single from Desmond and fielding errors from third base and shortstop. The first run was scored from an uneventful walk by Spagnuola, sending Desmond home. The inning wrapped up with another error by shortstop, allowing Meister and Sawyer to score. The Brewers only saving grace was when Spagnuola made a run for third, only to be caught out when centerfield scooped up the shortstop’s missed throw and beelined it to the waiting third baseman.

Back for more in the third, Hawkins singled to third to get the inning started. Desmond hit a long double to center, sending Hawkins home and bringing the score to 4-0. Up next was S. Lawrence, who singled up the middle and send Desmond home.

A double and a flyout resulted in the only run Vassar could manage, which occurred in the bottom of the fourth.

The very next inning the Engineers added on even more runs, with a single from freshman Tyler Stephens and doubles from Desmond and M. Lawrence. At the end of the fifth the score was 7-1.

Although Vassar would score no more runs for the remainder of the game, the Engineers put up an additional three runs in the top of the sixth, ending the game 10-1 for RPI.

In their last game of the weekend, M. Lawrence was the first to score. In the third inning, he doubled to left field and then advanced to third on a passed ball. While Hawkins flew out to left field, he was able to make it home and put one up for the Engineers.

In the fourth, S. Lawrence singled to left field and then advanced to second when Meister had a hit toward the third baseman, who fumbled it while fielding the ball. Spagnuola then walked, loading the bases. Junior Justin Valente flew out to center field, but did manage to send S. Lawrence home.

The last run of the inning came when M. Lawrence singled to right, opening up the opportunity for Spagnuola to score. The score was now 3-0.

The last inning of the game ended up being the sixth, where the Engineers put up three more runs. The remainder of the game was called off due to weather. Runs came from Valente, Stephens, and Desmond thanks to a number of singles and good baserunning from the team.

The Engineers will play their last home game against Union College on Wednesday, May 4 at 4:30 pm, and then will conclude their season with the last Liberty League match against St. Lawrence University away on Saturday.