CHESTER, NY-- Tyler Benoit gave up just one run on five hits, but the MCLA baseball team couldn't find any offense.
SUNY IT scored in the first inning and held on for a 1-0 victory, sweeping the double header. SUNY IT took an 8-3 win in Game 1. Daniel Wiecek went the distance for SUNY IT and gave up just seven hits for the complete-game win in the second game. He also struck out seven Trailblazers.
The Wildcats scored the lone run in the first inning as Jim Sass came around to score on Joseph O'Rourke's single. Chandler Evans was gunned down at the plate by Joe Duncan to prevent another run from scoring.
A leadoff runner in the sixth inning was erased on a pickoff, and then the Trailblazers had the tying run thrown out at home in the seventh.
In the opener, MCLA took a 2-0 lead after scoring single runs in the third and fourth innings. Chase Preite scored on Benoit's double to right center field, however MCLA would leave the bases loaded in the inning. JT Ferraro led off the fourth with a single and would score on an error making it 2-0. MCLA starter Ross Miner was cruising into the fourth until a pair of infield singles began the frame. Miner was lifted after a walk loaded the bases. Relief pitcher Cody Weaver collected a pair of strikeouts, however allowed a run to score on a wild pitch and then yielded a two out two run single from Devin Frye to take a 3-2 lead. MCLA would tie it after Duncan singled and stole second with one out. Alon Willing brought him around with a single to left field.
SUNYIT pushed ahead though, as the Wildcats would cross the plate twice in the fifth to seize control. The Wildcats put the game out of reach with three more runs in the sixth inning. MCLA out hit the Wildcats 12-8, however left 12 runners on base -- 11 in the first five innings.
MCLA will open MASCAC play on Friday when they challenge Fitchburg State University.
WATERVILLE, Maine -- MCLA suffered its first loss in the North Atlantic Conference on Sunday.
Thomas (2-2, 1-0 NAC) secured its first conference victory over MCLA (0-3, 0-1 NAC0, 7-2.
Taylor Krowitz was able to pick up a win for MCLA in number three doubles (5-7, 6-4, 10-7), while getting the win in number one doubles alongside Dan Nesti.
The Trailblazers also dropped a match on Saturday, losing to Rhode Island 8-1.