Wildcats Win Game One of Doubleheader Behind Triple from Evans and Complete Game by Wiecek

Wildcats Win Game One of Doubleheader Behind Triple from Evans and Complete Game by Wiecek

MARCY, N.Y. - SUNYIT captain Chandler Evans (New Hartford, N.Y. / New Hartford) smacked an RBI-triple in the bottom of the 6th inning to break a 5-5 tie with Cazenovia on Saturday in game one of a conference doubleheader at Peter A. Spina Field. Starting pitcher Daniel Wiecek (Fort Plain, N.Y. / Fort Plain H.S.) then retired the side in order in the top of the 7th to hang on for the 6-5 win.

SUNYIT scored three runs in the third inning and added another in the fourth to build a 4-1 lead going into the top of the 5th. Wildcat starter Wiecek was in control through the first four, allowing just one run on a deep solo homer over the scoreboard in right by Cazenovia second baseman Jamie Barr.

In the top of the 5th Cazenovia would mount a rally, however. After surrendering a leadoff single, Wiecek responded with back-to-back strikeouts and seemed poised to get out of the inning. But a two-out double by leadoff batter Tim Ackerman and a hit-by-pitch prolonged the inning and allowed for a costly error to score two runners.

The visiting Wildcats would score two more runs on a base hit by Nestopolous later in the inning, and a stunned SUNYIT team would head back to the dugout after a Wiecek strikeout, down 5-4.

To SUNYIT's credit, the Wildcats responded immediately. With two outs in the bottom of the 5th, freshman Ryan Wegner (Rochester, N.Y. / Brockport H.S.) singled home Joseph O'Rourke (Camden, N.Y. / Camden H.S.), tying the game at 5-5.

The first game on Saturday was a true team win, evidenced in particular by the events of the top of the 6th inning. With runners on first and second and only one out, Wiecek induced a ground ball up the middle from Ackerman. Making the play going to his right was SUNYIT second baseman Jim Sass (Kinston, N.Y. / Kingston H.S.), who had to go to his knees to backhand the ball. Sass subsequently tagged second base with his glove, then threw from his knees to first-base, where Chandler Evans expertly picked the one-hopper to give a fired-up Wiecek an inning-ending double play.

Evans would go on to rip the game-winning triple to deep right-center field, and Wiecek handled the most dangerous part of the lineup in 1-2-3 fashion in the top of the 7th to secure the win for SUNYIT.

Wiecek continued his remarkable work on the mound, throwing a complete-game while allowing just 1 earned run and striking out 8. The game lowers Wiecek's ERA to a team-low 2.23.