PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – A pair of low scoring contests went in favor for the State University of New York at New Paltz baseball team on Tuesday as the Hawks won both games in a SUNYAC doubleheader at SUNY Plattsburgh, winning game one, 3-1, and game two, 1-0.
With the wins, the Hawks improve to 14-12 overall and 7-7 in SUNYAC. Plattsburgh, meanwhile, drops to 6-17, 0-11 SUNYAC.
Both teams will square off tomorrow at 11 a.m. to complete the three-game series. New Paltz will then return home and play back-to-back non-conference contests against CCNY and Ithaca.
Game One: New Paltz 3, Plattsburgh 1
A two-run eighth inning helped lift the Hawks over the Cardinals in the opener as both teams pounded out 10 hits each and New Paltz made up for three errors.
Junior Chris Moran (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) came through with two run-scoring sacrifice flies. His first came in the sixth, driving a ball to center which scored junior Dwayne Page (Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Connetquot). Moran's second occurred in the eighth on a fly ball to right, scoring junior Jake Williams (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford).
Williams came through with an RBI single to left, also in the eighth, to score Page.
Page finished the day 2-for-4 with the two runs scored, batting leadoff. Sophomore Justin Ganca (Merrick, N.Y./Bellmore John. F. Kennedy) also enjoyed a 2-for-4 outing.
On the hill, junior righty Kyle Eckert (New Paltz, N.Y./New Paltz) earned the starting nod and hurled 5 1/3 innings, giving up just one earned run while striking out five Cardinals in the no decision. Eckert threw 97 pitches.
Junior lefty Brian LoRusso (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) threw the final 3 2/3 frames in relief and earned the win as the southpaw did not allow a run and gave up just three hits for his second victory this spring. LoRusso logged 53 pitches.
Game Two: New Paltz 1, Plattsburgh 0
The Hawks outlasted the Cards in an old-fashioned pitcher's duel as both teams combined for one run on seven total hits.
Junior right-hander Ryan Votypka (Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park) earned the complete game shutout victory; his third win this season and just his second start. Votypka allowed just six base runners (three hits, two walks, one HBP) all game and struck out four, using 81 pitches.
In the top of the third, junior Tyler Laco (Commack, N.Y./Commack) started things off with a single up the middle and would later advance to third. In a double steal, Laco was able to swipe home for the contest's lone run.