CANANDAIGUA, NY. – The Finger Lakes Community College Lakers (8-14) swept a home doubleheader this afternoon with the #6 nationally ranked* Erie Community College Kats by scores of 5-4 (game one) and 9-3 (game two). With the victories, the Lakers have now won three consecutive games and five out of their last six.
Today's wins for Finger Lakes were a result of a balanced attack set forth by the offense and pitching staff.
Offensively, the Lakers did an exceptional job of hitting with runners in scoring position. Chris Fazio (Staten Island, NY) and Branden Rhodes (Victor, NY) served as stable forces with their bats for Finger Lakes with runners in scoring position. Fazio delivered a game winning RBI single in game one by driving in Corey Cowen (West Edmeston, NY). Rhodes served as a major run producer in game two with his 5-RBI effort. Trailing by a run in the fourth inning of game two, Rhodes put the Lakers ahead 2-1 with a 2-run single. His clutch hit cemented the lead for Finger Lakes. The Lakers would never look back after their productive fourth inning hitting attack.
On the mound, Finger Lakes received a pair of strong outings out of starters Billy Kosachook (Ontario, NY) in game one and Nick French (Lansing, NY) in game two. Kosachook earned the game one victory by launching a complete game 5-hitter. He finished the game with four strikeouts. French notched the game two victory by allowing just two earned runs in five innings worth of work.
Game Two: Rhodes, Cowen, and Dominick Beniamino (Geneva, NY) each registered 2 hits apiece for Finger Lakes. Along with his 2 hits and 5 RBI's, Rhodes also accounted for 2 runs scored in the win.
The Lakers will take on Erie again for their next set of games. They will play the Kats on the road on Thursday (4/12). The first pitch of game one is slated to be thrown at 2:00 pm.