JAMESTOWN — The Finger Lakes Community College baseball team remained in the hunt for a berth in the NJCAA Division III sub-regional playoff games thanks to a doubleheader sweep of Jamestown Community College Tuesday afternoon.
FLCC (18-24, 14-11 Region III) swept the Jayhawks by scores of 7-5 and 8-2. With the wins, the Lakers remain in sole possession of fourth place in the NJCAA Region III Western standings, 1 ½ games ahead of Erie Community College.
FLCC closes out the regular season on the road at Genesee Community College Thursday afternoon. First pitch is at 2 p.m.
Against Jamestown, the Lakers scored four first-inning runs, sparked by a two-run single from sophomore Austin Teets (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads).
Teets added an RBI double during a two-run third. With runners on second and third and only one out, freshman Matthew Carroll (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas) had an RBI single, and Teets followed with an RBI double for a 6-1 lead.
Jamestown CC scored the next four runs to close within 6-5, but freshman Chris Lovin (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua) plated an insurance run on a seventh-inning error as FLCC held on.
Freshman Kobie Punchard (Elmira Heights, N.Y./Thomas A. Edison) earned the win, allowing three runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Sophomore Stephen Fredendall (Waterloo, N.Y./Waterloo) pitched the final 2 2/3 to close the door on the Jayhawks.
In the nightcap, the Lakers trailed 2-0 heading to the fifth, but batted around and scored six runs to seize control.
With one out, FLCC strung together five straight hits and got RBI singles from freshman Cody Cooper (Farmington, N.Y./Canandaigua), sophomore Nick Ferrino (Angola, N.Y./St. Francis), Lovin, and sophomore Zac Catlin (Brewerton, N.Y./Paul V. Moore) to take a 6-2 lead.
The Lakes added one run in the sixth and closed out the scoring on Ferrino's RBI double in the seventh.
Sophomore Cole Dubois (Oneida, N.Y./Oneida) earned the complete-game win for FLCC.