Pioneers Rally in Nightcap to Earn Split
The Alfred State baseball team trailed twice in game two of the second game of a Region III Division III doubleheader at Corning CC but was able to rally for a 4-3 victory to salvage a split. The Red Barons jumped out to an early 9-0 lead in the opener en route to a 12-2 victory in the opener.
Corning plated two runs in the 3rd inning of game two but the Pioneers bounced right back with two of their own in the 4th on a RBI double by Brett Rapan (Bolivar Richburg) and a sac fly by Eric Hicks (Hancock, PA). The Red Barons took back the lead with a double steal in the 4th but Greg Koller (Chesterland, OH) gave Alfred the lead for good in the 6th when he doubled in two.
Eric Mehaffy (Lisbon) made the lead stand and earned the win on the mound. He tossed a complete game four hitter. He allowed three earned runs, walked two, and struck out three to earn his first win of the spring season. Rapan led the seven-hit attack with a 2 for 3 day (2 doubles).
In the opener, CCC took advantage of early wild pitching to jump out to a 9-0 lead after two innings. The Pioneers collected nine hits and stranded 11 runners in the contest but never could get the big inning going to get back into the game. Kiel Wilson (Bath Haverling) was 2 for 3 and kept the team in the game with 4.2 innings of relief work on the mound. Rapan and Garrett Hoag (Dansville) drove home runs for the blue & gold.
Alfred (6-24, 5-13) begins a four-game weekend series with Jamestown CC on Saturday. First pitch of the doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m.