Ithaca rallies to win second championship

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Paired with UW-Oshkosh for the third time during World Series week, the Bombers rallied from a 5-2 deficit to beat the Titans 7-5 in Bristol, Conn., and claim the program's second national championship.

Ithaca began its rally in the seventh inning when sophomore outfielder Vince Roman drove in two runs with a two-out single. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning, senior catcher Fritz Hamburg and sophomore outfielder Dan Eckert drew walks to give Ithaca the lead. Roman added to the margin with another RBI single.

Sophomore Joe Sottolano pitched on one day's rest in relief of starter Brian DeLola and went two and a third innings without yielding a run. With two outs in the ninth inning, sophomore reliever Carl Graetz entered the game and retired the final batter for his third save of the week.

Ithaca had opened World Series play with a 6-4 victory over Methodist. DeLola, a sophomore, yielded only two earned runs, and Graetz picked up the save. Sottolano then pitched the Bombers past UW-Oshkosh, 3-2, on a complete-game seven-hitter.

The Bombers then fell to UW-Oshkosh, 11-3. Facing elimination, Ithaca overcame a 2-0 Marietta lead to beat the Pioneers, 7-3. Graetz got the save in relief of winner Doug Duell, and Tim Wilson drove in four runs.

- Ithaca College Sports Information

1988 All Tournament Team
MVP - Joe Sottolano, Ithaca

Catcher - Greg Wakefield, Cal State Stanislaus
First Base - Tim Wilson, Ithaca
Second Base - Mike Brooks, UW-Oshkosh
Third Base - Pat McDonald, UW-Oshkosh
Shortstop - Darrin Spitzer, Marietta
Outfield - Vincent Roman, Ithaca; Steve Graham, Ithaca; Scott Lewis, Marietta
Designated Hitter - Jim Peerenboom, UW-Oshkosh
Pitcher - Joe Sottolano, Ithaca; Danny Tester, Methodist