Skidmore Sweeps Saints, Takes 3 of 4 in Weekend Series
St. Lawrence University's baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Skidmore on Sunday, but remains in contention for a Liberty League playoff spot with four games left against arch-rival Clarkson next weekend.
The Saints, currently 16-16 overall and 9-10 in league play, have a slim lead on Rochester, which has completed its league season, in the race for the fourth and final playoff spot. Skidmore (24-8, 11-7 Liberty) is in second place in the conference, two games behind Rensselaer.
Skidmore won Sunday's games 5-2 and 4-3 to take three of four in the weekend series.
In the first game, St. Lawrence got on the board in the first when Brian Palermo singled, stole second and third and later scored on an infield ground out.
Skidmore took a 2-1 lead in the third. Logan Arena and Rob Rubenstein hit consecutive singles with Arena scoring on a Zack Rudman double. Rubenstein then scored on a Eric Watkins sacrifice fly.
The Thoroughbred scored two more in the fifth. Brain Lowry drilled an 0-2 pitch to double to left center and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Arena singled to plate Lowery. Rubenstein walked and Rudman was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Arena was out at home on a fielders choice. A walk to Jeremy Selecky scored Rubenstein for the 4-1 lead.
The Saints got one back in the bottom of the fifth when Ethan Braddock opened the inning with a singled and later scored on an infield out.
Skidmore scored its final run in the seventh when Alex Barber walked and later scored on a wild pitch.
Trevor Brucato improved to 5-1 with the complete game win. He allowed two runs on six hits, with one walk and six strike outs. Arena and Rubenstein were each 2-3.
For St. Lawrence Pat Considine (3-5) took the loss, throwing 5.1 innings. Braddock and Carter Franz had two hits each. Leftfielder Brian Magoveny had two more diving catches to keep the game close.
In the second game, Skidmore took led 4-1 into the eighth, before the Saints scored two in the eighth to get close, 4-3.
Rubenstein hit a two-out double in the first and then scored on Zack Rudman single for the early 1-0 lead. Arena had a two-out double, two-run double in the second for a 3-0 lead. St. Lawrence got one back in the bottom of the second, when Matt DeLuca hit his second home run of the season.
Rudman homered off the scoreboard with two outs in the fourth for what would prove to be the winning run.
The Saints opened the eight with a pair of singles by Carter Franz and Bryan Palermo. After a strikeout, Franz scored on a sac fly by Khifer O'Connor. Bryan Magoveny singled to score Palermo, but Thoroughbred reliever Chad Keysor struck out DeLuca to end the threat.
St. Lawrence threatened in the bottom of the ninth when Jeff Kott opened the inning with a double, but Keysor retired the next three batters to earn his second save.
Matt Skelly took the loss for the Saints, striking out eight and walking none in seven innings. Franz and Kott had two hits each for St. Lawrence.