Area colleges: Union stays alive in Liberty League baseball playoffs
LOUDONVILLE — Junior outfielder Sam Caruso had three hits and made a diving catch with the bases loaded to lead Union College to a 6-1 victory over Vassar in an elimination game of the Liberty League tournament Friday at Siena Field.
The top-seeded Dutchmen (26-12) take on RPI this morning at 11. in the championship series. A Union win would force a second game, at 2 p.m. Vassar was eliminated with an 18-20-1 record.
Seth Roberts improved his record to 6-1 with a five-hit performance over eight innings for the Dutchmen. Jeff Grasso contributed a two-run double, while Caruso had a pair of RBI singles for Union.
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Hong, Mrlik (6) and Kim; Roberts, Rhoda (9) and Peretti, Worley (9).
RPI 8, UNION 1
LOUDONVILLE — The Engineers sent the Dutchmen into the losers’ bracket with help from Tyler Listing and Jonny Rio, who each drove in a pair of runs.
Sean Conroy pitched a complete-game for the Engineers (27-13).
Andrew Kalish added three hits.
For Union, Dylan Katz-Wicks and Joe Bradlee each contributed a pair of hits.
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Conroy and Kozak; Kemp, Yonta (4), Fiorenza (9) and Peretti, Worley (8).
UALBANY 4, BINGHAMTON 2
VESTAL — The Great Danes advanced to the America East Conference tournament championship game for the third straight year by defeating the Bearcats at the BU Sports Complex.
Junior Charlise Castro belted a go-ahead, two-run homer in the third inning, and junior Brittany MacFawn picked up her 28th win of the season, breaking both the program and America East single-season record for pitching victories.
Binghamton took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out single by freshman Lisa Cardogan.
The Great Danes (15-2, 37-13) evened the score in the bottom of the inning on a double by sophomore Vicky McFarland and an RBI single by freshman Annie Johnson.
The teams then traded homers, with UAlbany’s Kylie Apostino hitting a solo shot in the second inning before freshman Tiffany McIntosh tied the game again at 2-2 with a solo homer for the Bearcats in the top of the third inning.
UAlbany takes on Stony Brook, the winner of the losers’ bracket, in the tournament championship game today at noon. They would need to be beaten twice in the double-elimination event.
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Laney, Marsteller (3) and Chaffee; MacFawn and Apostolina.
NIAGARA 6, SIENA 3
FAIRFIELD 3, SIENA 0
POUGHKEEPSIE — The Saints’ most successful season ever ended with a pair of losses in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament at Gartland Field.
“We had an outstanding season,” said Siena coach Bill Lajeunesse. “We’re not going to take anything away from what we’ve done. [It’s the] first time in program history that we won any kind of championship.
The Saints (21-26) captured a share of the MAAC regular-season title after winning 12 of their final 14 league games.
Against Niagara, Shannon Jones had a pair of doubles and knocked in a run. Jessika-Jo Sandrini added an RBI single.
Against Fairfield, Mandy Ferro had two of the Saints’ four hits. Sandrini allowed three runs and six hits.
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Sansano and Zill; Sandrini and Volz.
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Sandrini and Volz; Ball and Liseth.