Scranton PA – Sunday afternoon, the Lackawanna College baseball team split its non-conference doubleheader with University of Connecticut at Avery Point, losing the opener 4-2, before winning the night cap 6-3.
In the opener, Avery Point took the lead in the third inning with a solo run, before adding additional runs in the fifth and sixth inning to give them a 3-0 lead. In the bottom of sixth, Lackawanna attempted a comeback when Francisco Zayas drove in two runs with a double. Unfortunately for the Falcons, those were the only two runs Lackawanna scored in the contest, as the Falcons were shutout in the seventh, while Avery Point scored an insurance run in the top of the inning.
Offensively, the Falcons had only seven hits in the opener, with Zayas's double being Lackawanna's only extra base hit. Losing pitcher was Tony Hernandez. Hernandez threw six innings giving up three runs on seven hits, only two which were earned. Hernandez struck out five. Luis Lopez pitched the final inning, giving up a run on a hit and two base on balls. He struck out three.
In the night cap, Avery Point again scored first in the first inning, only to see Lackawanna score an answering run in the bottom of the first on an Eric Grabowski solo homer. Grabowski also drove in the Falcons' second run in the third with a double. Avery Point tied the score in top of the fourth with another solo run, to which the Falcons rebounded in the bottom of the inning with two runs on a UCAP wild pitch and a Jason Barton ground out. Although Avery Point scored a run in the top of the fifth, the Falcons added insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth on an Arbely Soto homer and another run in the sixth, when Barton drove in his second run of the game with a double.
Grabowski's homer and double in three at bats highlighted the Falcons' offensive efforts as the only player with a multi-hit game.
Kraigen Rasalia claimed the win, pitching four and two thirds innings whilerelinquishing three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits, while striking out six. Joe Kaspar got the save after going two and a third inning without yielding neither a run nor hit. He struck out one.