Wilkes baseball loses tough series to Eastern

Justin Franiak

The Wilkes baseball team suffered three losses this past weekend in MAC conference play.

FDU-Florham used a late inning rally on Friday to take down the Colonels in the first of a three game series.

Junior Zach Lazar gave the Colonels just over six inning allowing 11 hits and recording three strikeouts.

Senior Matt Ruch gave the Colonels a triple in the first inning to start the Colonels scoring. Senior Mike Olerta took a pitch to the body allowing Wilkes to put a run on the board.

The Colonels would hold a 1-0 lead going into the fourth inning until FDU came a tied up the score and eventually taking the lead.

Senior Tay Sidler helped the Colonels take the lead in the sixth inning by getting walked and moved to second after Mike Olerta’s sacrifice bunt. Freshman Stephen Ruch would help Sidler score with a two-run RBI.

FDU would use a triple and a single to bump their lead to 3-2.

Junrio Carme Lopresto would use a deep triple, along with a wild pitch, to help the Colonels take a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning.

Freshman Dan Pisanchyn  used his pinch hitting appearance to his full advantage using a double to give Wilkes an 8-4 lead.

FDU would not stay silent as the next inning they blew the game wide open.

The Devils used three hits and a multiple run double to take the lead 12-8 in their last appearances at the plate.

The Colonels would only manage to score two additional runs, and fall to the Devils 12-10 in the first meeting of these teams this past weekend.

The Colonels schedule continued to be grueling as they traveled to FDU-Florham on Saturday after losing a close nine inning affair the day before.

The Colonels jumped out to a 3-2 lead in the first of the afternoon doubleheader. Sophomore Tyler Marino and Freshman Dan Pysanchyn would work together with a double and single to put the Colonels out in front.

The Devils would come back to tie the game 3-3 and sending the contest into extra innings. In the bottom of the eigtht the Devils would use a RBI single to grab the win from the Colonels, 4-3.

Wilkes would have no luck in the second contest of the day.

The Devils continued their streak of runs by scoring 12 runs through six innings jumping out to a 12-3 lead.

Wilkes would put up nine runs, including Pisanchyn and Stephen Ruch would reach base and score, along with Sophomore A.J. Mihaly blasting a three-run home run to keep Wilkes in striking distance.

The rally was not enough as the Devils scored six runs in the next two innings, as Wilkes fell for the third time 18-9.

Senior Pitcher Mark Siebel  says the Colonels need to finish their games strong in order to get back to their winning ways.

“When we are winning we need to keep playing hard,” Siebel said.” We need to work on having games where we hit, pitch and field well, not just one of the three.”

Mike Olerta