The Alfred State College baseball team opened up the fall season with a doubleheader sweep of Mercyhurst North East. Joe Wallace (Avoca) tossed a six inning no-hitter in the game one 10-0 victory while the Pioneers rallied for five runs in the 7th for a 8-7 victory in the nightcap.
Wallace walked just two batters en route to the victory in the opener. He struck out seven in the first ASC no-hitter since March 31, 2007.
The Pioneers scored three in the 3rd, six in the 4th, and one in the 6th. Jake Dale (Keshequa) led the offense with a 3 for 3, 3 RBI day while Mike Graham (Horseheads) collected a triple and a RBI.
In the nightcap, Matt Whedbee (Bath) singled home the winning run to cap a five-run 7th inning rally. The blue & gold trailed 7-3 heading into the 7th and got a big two-run double by Kyle Barkley (Penn Yan) to tie the game.
Barkley led the eight-hit attack with a 2 for 3 day while Steve Smith (Hornell) had a RBI double. Tyler Mann (Holland Patent) picked up the win after John Whitehead (Amherst) pitched five solid innings out of the pen to keep the Pioneers in the game early on.
With the victories, ASC head coach Tom Kenney improves his career record to 599-280-2. He will have his first shot at 600 on Sunday when the Pioneers take on Erie CC in another WNYAC doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.