Sports update: Highlighting volleyball, baseball and softball

Photo from Fisher Athletics
Photo from Fisher Athletics

By Nicholas Klein and Sammy Robinson, Staff Writers 

New Paltz took down Fisher in a key conference matchup

The St. John Fisher College men’s volleyball team traveled to New Paltz on March 10 for a United Volleyball Conference clash. The Cardinals fell to the nationally ranked SUNY New Paltz in a fighting four sets 18-25, 26-24, 28-26, and 25-18. With the loss, the Cardinals dropped to 9-10 overall and 0-4 in UVC play, while the No. 9 Hawks march to 12-5 overall and 3-1 in conference play.

Baseball closed out Florida trip with two wins

The St. John Fisher College baseball team closed its time in Auburndale, Florida over spring break with a season-high 18 hits as the Cardinals dominated Suffolk University 15-9 on March 10 at Auburndale High School. With the win, Fisher headed back north with a 4-5 overall record while the Rams sit at 1-1 on the year.

The game was back and forth until the bottom of the seventh, when Fisher eventually blew the game wide open. The Cardinals placed six runs on the scoreboard which included four hits to hold a 13-9 lead. Ryan Fahy led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second after Ryan Brown got a walk of his own. With two runners on, Justin Graham stepped up to the plate and released a bunt single to load the bases with no outs to put pressure on the Rams’ defense.

Stephen Edgett continued the rally as he hit a bases-clearing three-run double before trying for third on the throw home. Jack Vivinetto retained the momentum with a walk while Allen Murphy sent in a run with a fielder’s choice. As the inning continued, Ryan Simmons and Scott Eisenmenger both drove in a run before the Rams finally stopped the Cardinals.

After a scoreless top of the eighth, Fisher tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. Edgett sent one deep over the fence to make it a commanding 15-9 lead. In the top of the ninth, the team picked up three quick outs to win the game.

The team now looks to shift the momentum over to Empire 8 conference play, which begins on March 24 against Elmira on the grounds of Dugan Yard. Fisher now has won three out of the last four games and are starting to come together as a unit.

Nationally ranked softball extended win streak to five

The St. John Fisher College softball team traveled to Tuscon, Arizona over spring break. The team wrapped up the final day of the trip with two wins. The Cardinals took a 6-5 win over Saint Benedict College in an intense nine inning ball game, before surpassing Bethany Lutheran College 2-1. Fisher finished its 2018 spring trip with a 7-5 record over its 12-game stretch, while winning five out of its last six.

Monica Moses was the answer for the Cardinals as she captured a win against Bethany Lutheran. The Cardinals eventually pulled out a one-run win to end the day and trip.

After a slow two innings with nothing on the scoreboard, Fisher took the first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning. Katie Mazierski found her way to first base after the dropped third strike and eventually advanced to second with her speed. Sammie Torlish stepped up to the plate and knocked an RBI double into left center field which opened the gap for Fisher.

After a scoreless fourth, the Cardinals scored their final run of the day in the bottom of the fifth. Torlish lead off the inning with a single up the middle of the field, followed up by Sarah Kubik getting hit by a pitch to walk to first. Emily Trotman advanced the runners over with a sacrifice bunt of her own while Jessica Sardina put pressure on the defense to make an error in order to score Torlish.

Moses and the Cardinal defense allowed just one run in the top of the seventh inning, but held off the Vikings to capture the win. Moses earned her second win of the season, and struck out eight batters in the game.

The Cardinals take some time off to recover and return to action at 3 p.m. on March 21 to take on the Yellow Jackets of the University of Rochester for the home-opening doubleheader.

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