FREDERICK, MD. – The Finger Lakes Community College Lakers (0-5, 0-0 MSAC) dropped their fifth consecutive game by falling to Frederick Community College (Cougars) today on the road by a score of 14-5. The Lakers hung with the Cougars through the first three innings, but couldn't match a late game offensive surge by the host team.
Finger Lakes jumped off to a quick start in the first inning of today's contest when freshman shortstop Eddie Tagliareni (Mexico, NY) led off the game with a triple and was later driven in by an Anthony Gonzalez (infielder, Rochester, NY) single. The Lakers went on to build a 5-2 lead over the second and third innings.
In inning three, the Lakers went on to score 3 runs. Sophomore infielder Matt Tyma (Ontario, NY) led off the third with a double. Tyma was then moved to third via a Gonzalez double. Tyma and Gonzalez would later be driven in by a Justin Stowell (first baseman, sophomore, Horseheads, NY) double. Stowell was then driven in by a Chris Fazio (first baseman, freshman, Staten Island, NY) single. Stowell's run would mark the final run scored by the Lakers this afternoon.
The momentum of the game shifted in the fourth inning. Frederick scored 2 runs in the fourth and proceeded to score 2 more runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings. The Cougars would then tack on 3 runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings to secure the victory.
Despite the loss, Finger Lakes took a few positives out of today's game. The Lakers learned that Stowell and Gonzalez have established themselves as quality veteran players as each of them continue to produce offensively. Both players finished the game with 2 hits apiece. On the mound, Finger Lakes received a solid start out of freshman pitcher Billy Kosachook (Ontario, NY). Kosachook struck out 6 Cougars and allowed just 3 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings worth of work.
The Lakers will conclude their trip to Maryland this afternoon with a doubleheader against Herkimer County Community College. Both games will be played at Montgomery College in Germantown, Maryland (neutral site). Game one is slated to start at 1:00 pm. Game two is expected to get underway at 3:00 pm.