Wednesday, March 13, 2019

No. 10 Chapman Too Much for Ithaca Baseball, 11-1, 11th, 10th Recaps

Recaps, photo courtesy of Ithaca College
ORANGE, Calif. – The Ithaca College baseball team dropped to 2-2 on the season after an 11-1 loss to nationally ranked No. 10 Chapman University at W.O. Hart Park on Tuesday evening. Chapman scored nine runs over the final three home innings to improve to 11-3 on the year.

The Bombers had an opportunity to take an early lead in the top of the first inning. Sophomore Garrett Callaghan led off with a walk but was retired on a fielder's choice off the bat of senior Webb Little. Two batters later, senior Sam Little notched a base hit to put two runners on with two outs, but the potential rally came to an end with a strikeout.

Ithaca then fell behind Chapman, 2-0, after the second inning. A one-out single came all the way around to score on a double, and after a hit by pitch and stolen base, an IC error allowed the second run of the inning to come home.

Over the next two innings, neither team was able to produce a hit until a single by Callaghan drove in
Ithaca's lone run of the game in the top of the fifth. Senior Cam Fuoti reached on a two-out error and moved into scoring position after a wild pitch to set up Callaghan's run-scoring base hit to center.

Chapman blew the game open in the sixth with five runs on six hits to take a 7-1 advantage. The Panthers loaded the bases on senior Andrew Bailey with a pair of doubles, a fielder's choice and walk, which forced Bailey out of the contest. Senior Christian Lalomia entered with a bases loaded jam with one out and surrendered four straight hits to let in all five runs of the inning.

The Panthers would tack on four more runs in the bottom of the eighth on four hits, including a two-run single and two-run double.

Callaghan, S. Little, senior Garrett Snyder and junior Buzz Shirley notched hits for the Bombers.

Bailey took the loss in 5.1 innings pitched as he allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits. Lalomia went 0.2 innings before junior Trevor Rumsey logged the final two innings of work.

March 11th Recap

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Ithaca College baseball team improved to 2-1 during its California trip with a 10-4 victory over Pomona-Pitzer on Monday afternoon at Alumni Field. IC avenged its 1-0 loss from two days ago against the Sagehens as senior Adam Gallagher belted two home runs with four RBI in the win.

The Sagehens struck first with a run in the bottom of the second inning on back-to-back two-out singles against senior Tyler Hill. After Hill retired the first two batters on a groundout and strikeout, the next Sagehen batter drew a walk to continue to frame. A base hit to center placed runners at the corners, and then a single through the right side produced the first run of the contest.

Ithaca erupted for eight runs on five hits in the top of the fourth inning to build a seven-run lead, 8-1. The big blow of the inning came after a Pomona-Pitzer pitching change as Gallagher stroked a 3-run homerun to center field to cap off the frame.

Leading up to the homer, Gallagher led things up with a base hit and senior Sam Little followed with a walk. After a passed ball moved the runners up, junior Buzz Shirley lifted a sacrifice fly to left to tie the game at 1-1 as Gallagher scored. Senior Matt Carey then drew a two-out walk to continue IC's at bat and then S. Little scored on a strikeout-wild pitch and error to put the Bombers in front. Senior Cam Fuoti followed with a two-run single to left to make the score 4-1 as Carey and sophomore Jack Lynch scored. The Bombers' fifth run scored on another base hit from Callaghan to bring in Fuoti.

Pomona-Pitzer got a run back in the bottom of the sixth with a two-out single, but the Bombers got that run back in the top of the seventh on Gallgaher's second home run of the game – this time a solo blast.

In the seventh inning, sophomore Bill Willett made his first appearance of the season as he replace Hill on the mound. Hill threw six innings and allowed seven hits, two runs and struck out six for the victory.

Another run cross for the Bombers in the eighth to make the score 10-2, as Carey scampered home on a passed ball. Carey reached on a one-out single and moved up to third on a base hit by Fuoti.

Pomona-Pitzer plated two runs in the bottom of the ninth to cap off the scoring on a sac fly and base hit.

Gallagher went 3-for-4 at the plate and scored three runs, while Fuoti was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored. Callaghan also produced a multi-hit contest with a 2-for-4 effort.

Willett tossed two scoreless innings of relief, while freshman Charlie Hammel finished off the contest in the ninth.

March 10th Recap

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Senior Jake Binder of the Ithaca College baseball team spun his best collegiate performance as a Bomber on Sunday against No. 18 California Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, Calif. as he took a no-hit bid into the ninth inning in Ithaca's 2-0 victory. Ithaca is now 1-1 this season, while Cal Lutheran (the 2017 national champions) falls to 9-3 on the season.

Binder carried a perfect game into the eighth inning, but a lead-off walk erased that feat. After a double play and strikeout, he had still faced the minimum through eight innings. In the ninth inning, Binder struck out the lead-off batter but then surrendered a single through the right side. He wrapped up the shutout victory with a strikeout and flyout.

Binder needed just 100 pitches to maneuver through the Kingsmen lineup and struck out five, to just one walk, and induced 14 groundball outs.

It was a pitcher's duel over the opening five innings as Binder and Cal Lu's Troy Frazier traded scoreless frames. Ithaca managed to produce two hits during that time as seniors Webb Little and Adam Gallagher notched singles but were unable to build off the base hits.

In the top of the sixth inning, Ithaca took a 1-0 lead on a one-out RBI fielder's choice by senior Sam Little that pushed home sophomore Garrett Callaghan, who led off the inning with a walk. A base hit from W. Little placed runners on the corners, and after a strikeout, S. Little staked the Bombers to a 1-0 lead on RBI fielder's choice.

Ithaca increased its lead to 2-0 in the seventh on an RBI groundout from Callaghan that plated sophomore Jack Lynch. In the frame, Lynch started things off with a base hit and then senior Matt Carey followed up with a hit by pitch. A passed ball moved both runners up 90 feet and then Callaghan's run-scoring groundout provided an insurance run.

W. Little went 2-for-3 in the game, while Callaghan was 0-for-2 with two walks, a run scored and RBI.

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