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Area colleges: Esposito's clutch hit gives Union baseball team 3-2 win

Friday, May 10, 2013
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LOUDONVILLE — Junior outfielder Vincent Esposito drilled a two-run single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Union College a 3-2 victory over Vassar in the first round of the Liberty League playoffs Thursday at Siena Field.

The Dutchmen (21-11) will face Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at 1 this afternoon.

Vassar (17-19-1) had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the 10th on an RBI single by Nick Johnson, but a single by Sam Caruso, a walk to Andrew Getz and a passed ball set the stage for Esposito’s game-winning hit.

In the first game, shortstop Jonny Rio went 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead Rensselaer Polytechnic Ins­titute to an 8-0 victory over St. Lawrence.

Senior Mike Campisi pitched a complete game for the Engineers (26-13), scattering six hits while striking our four.

The Engineers put the game out of reach with seven runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by Rio’s two-run triple.

St. Lawrence 000 000 000 — 0  6 4

RPI 000 100 07x — 8 11 0

Riley, Jenkins (8) and Fish, DeLuca; Campisi and Kozak.

Vassar 100 000 000 1 — 2 7 1

Union 000 100 000 2 — 3 7 1

Lovizio, Cucalon (9) and Kim; O’Neill, Pignatello (10), Beaule (10) and Peretti.

Schenectady CCC 1-3,

HVCC 5-2

SCHENECTADY — Dan Saccocio hit a double and triple and knocked in two runs Wednesday as the Royals won the second half of a double-header to finish the season 24-17.

HVCC 201 100 1 — 5 9 0

SCCC 001 000 0 — 1 4 4

Gallup, Parslow (4), Temple (6) and Craig; Church and Paskevich.

HVCC 010 100 0 — 2 6 7

SCCC 002 010 x — 3 6 0

Scaccia, Shelton (3), Helenek (5) and Johnson; Breen, Flansburg (3), Brinkman (4), Rufer (6) and Varret.

Softball

UAlbany 4,

Stony Brook 0

VESTAL — Junior Brittany MacFawn recorded her 27th win of the season, tying a program and conference single-season record as the top-seeded Great Danes won their opening-round game in the America East Conference tourn­ament.

The Great Danes (36-13) scored three runs in the third to give MacFawn all the offensive support she needed. Lindsey Stout drilled a two-run single, and the third run came home on an error.

Junior Charlise Castro went 2-for-2 and singled in the Danes’ other run.

The Danes will face No. 2 seed Binghamton at 11 this morning.

Stony Brook 000 000 0 — 0 4 1

UAlbany 030 010 x — 4 7 2

Cukrov, Lucido (6) and Pisciotta; MacFawn and Apostolina.

Sage 1, Rutgers-Camden 0

CAMDEN, N.J. — Ichabod Crane graduate Rachel Smith hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning to put the Gators into the second round of the ECAC Metro NY-NJ Tournament.

Katie Kovage scattered five hits for Sage (21-18), which plays Elmira in the second round Saturday at Richard Stockton College.

Sage 000 010 0 — 1 7 0

Rutgers-Camden 000 000 0 — 0 5 0

Kovage and Gaulin; Johnson and Colon.

Game suspended

BUFFALO — After a four-hour rain delay, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference playoff game between Siena and Niagara was suspended, with Niagara leading, 3-2.

The game will resume in the sixth inning at 10 this morning.

Women’s lacrosse

RPI 13, St. John Fisher 8

TROY — Rachel Scofield scored one goal and assisted on four more Wednesday, and five players all scored two goals as RPI beat St. John Fisher in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

Alissa Peterson, Shannon Maguire, Jamie Wakefield, Erin Riley and Marissa Page all added two goals as the 15-3 Engineers picked up the first tournament win in program history.

RPI will play 19-1 Gettysburg College in the next round. That game is scheduled for 2:30 Saturday at Middlebury College.

St. John Fisher 6 2 —  8

RPI 10 3 — 13

St. John Fisher scoring: Kristen Zylka 1-0, Emily Byerton 1-0, Samantha Barton 1-1, Erin Ward 1-1, Taylor Hughes 2-0, Kristina Lombard 2-0, Melissa Leonard 0-1. RPI scoring: Alissa Peterson 2-1, Michelle Denny 1-0, Shannon Maguire 2-0, Jamie Wakefield 2-0, Erin Riley 2-1, Rachel Scofield 1-4, Marissa Page 2-0, Mackenzie O’Neil 0-1.

Goalkeepers: St. John Fisher, Nicole Hart, 5 saves; Caroline Trpcevski, 4 saves. RPI, Allie Arnal, 7 saves.

 
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