Baseball Stays Alive in AMCC Playoffs

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May 13, 2011 - 2:56pm

Medaille BaseballThe fourth-seeded Medaille baseball team faced off against top-seeded Penn State-Altoona in the second round of the double elimination AMCC Tournament.

The Mavs had the regular season champions on the ropes as they held a (3-0) edge heading into the bottom half of the eighth inning. The Lions would explode for seven runs in that frame, en route to a (7-3) victory over the Mavs. The Mavs would rebound with a (7-2) win in an elimination game against #2 seed La Roche College, to stay alive in the tournament.

In game one the Mavs posted the game’s first run in the third inning when Korey Hagen (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) was driven in by Matt Urbanski (Depew, NY/Lancaster) after he moved into scoring position by belting out a double. Urbanski then singled, scoring Hagen.

The second run would come in the sixth inning when Nick Kanutsu (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) reached second with a double and then scored when Jeff Cox (Buffalo, NY/City Honors)(pictured) poked a single, giving the Mavs a (2-0) edge. Kanutsu was a team best (2 for 4) in the opener.

The Mavs seemed to be in command in the eighth when Brandon Lumadue (Cheektowaga, NY/West Seneca East) scored after reaching base on an error and capitalizing on another pair of Lion miscues to lead the Mavs to a three run lead.

That lead would dissipate in the bottom half of that inning when Penn State-Altoona erupted for seven runs, earning the win. Senior Matt Dunford (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) was saddled with the loss despite throwing seven shutout innings. He finished the game with six strike outs.

Game two would see the Mavs hold a slight (2-1) edge after the first inning on runs by both Lumadue and Cox. The decisive inning would be the fourth as Medaille plated five runs, stretching their lead to (7-1). The Redhawks would tally another run in the bottom half of the seventh but would get no closer as they were eliminated from the tournament.

A milestone moment occurred during day one of the semifinals as Jeff Cox reached the 100 career hit mark. He led the Mavs at the dish in game two by going (2 for 4) with a run scored.
Earning the victory on the hill was junior Pat Mancuso (Batavia, NY/Notre Dame) who fanned six La Roche hitters while improving his record to (4-2) on the year.

The Mavs will face #3 Penn State-Behrend at 3:30pm tomorrow (5/13). The Mavs are now (22-14) on the season, that win total is a program record.

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