Nighthawks Fall Short in 6-2 Loss to Alfred State

Photo Credit: Dylan Foran
Photo Credit: Dylan Foran

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Pioneers junior Nick Geyer (Newburgh, N.Y.) batted 3-for-4 while junior Danny Doran (Rochester, N.Y.) batted 1-for-3, with a solo home run, helping Alfred State to a 6-2 victory against the Newbury Nighthawks on Wednesday afternoon at the Player Development Complex.

Pioneers sophomore Mike Gibson (Schenectady, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 with a two-run single in the seventh. Sophomore Connor Pingitore (Amsterdam, N.Y.) batted 2-for-5 with a pair of singles. 

Nighthawks freshman Brian Cipolla (Cranston, R.I.) continued his impressive trip, finishing 2-for-3, both singles. Freshman Javi Martinez (Saugus, Mass.) finished 2-for-4. Of Nighthawks with at least 15 at-bats, Cipolla leads the team with a .500 batting average (12-for-24) and is batting .600 since arriving in Florida (9-for-15).

Pingitore began the scoring in the bottom of the first on an RBI single that scored senior David Zuber (Lima, N.Y.) and gave the Pioneers a 1-0 lead.

Doran doubled the lead in the fourth with his solo home run, his second of the season, putting Alfred State ahead 2-0.

A bases loaded, infield error helped the Pioneers to a 3-0 advantage after six innings.

The Nighthawks cut into the deficit in the top of the seventh with senior Matthew Sobray (Santa Clarita, Calif.) scoring on a balk to get the Nighthawks within a pair at 3-1.

In the bottom of the inning, the Pioneers added plenty of insurance, taking a 4-1 lead on a single by junior Dan Woodward (Honeoye, N.Y.) and adding to that lead on Gibson's two-run single that scored Geyer and Woodward, giving Alfred State a 6-1 lead.

Newbury got one back in the ninth on a two-out single by sophomore Andrew Dirito (Plymouth, Mass.).

The Nighthawks had their chances, none better than in the fifth with two in scoring position, but a fly out to center ended the Nighthawks threat.

Pioneers sophomore Angel Victorino (Inwood, N.Y.) gets the win, the first of his career, pitching a complete game and giving up two runs on seven hits to improve to 1-0. Nighthawks freshman Ronney O'Connor (Newton, Mass.) takes the loss in four innings of two-run, five-hit, work. O'Connor falls to 0-1.

The Nighthawks resume their Florida trip on Friday with a doubleheader against Edgewood starting at 9:00 a.m.