Baseball Sweeps Series with Clarkson on Senior Day

ITHACA, NY – The Ithaca College baseball team celebrated its final day with a win and a win over Clarkson on Sunday, May 1 at Freeman Field. The Bombers took an early lead and wrapped up the late pressure on their way to a 7-3 win. IC is now 25-10 in the season going into its last regular season game on May 3rd.

Colin Leyner pitched six strong innings, gave up a run and knocked out six batsmen. Louis Fabbo and David Cifonelli Each recorded two RBI on two hits for the Bombers. Riley Brawdy also caused Clarkson trouble going 3-3 on the plate and scoring three runs.

Leyner started Senior Day on the mound with a first inning of three ups and three downs. Clarkson fielded a runner with a single at first base, but Leyner selected the runner for the final.

With an out in the bottom of the first, Fabbo hit a soft grounder on the second and hit the throw on the first. Buzz Shirley was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat and built an RBI single to left field Nicholas Cutaia for the first playthrough. After Connor Pederson walked to load the bases, Matthew Fabian Hit a sacrificial fly, extend the Bombers’ lead to 2-0.

Leyner tricked the first two Clarkson batters into flying to center fielder Collin Feeney getting a strikeout for the third out.

Riley Brawdy led from the bottom of second with a perfect bunt on the first baseline and later advanced to second with a pass. The Bombers took first and third place after Cifonelli hit an infield single. Fabbo hit a sacrifice fly and scored on Brawdy to make it a 3-0 ball game.

Leyner gave up a hit in the third inning but added a scoreless inning to more strikeouts on his way. The Bombers went three up, three down in the third, but Leyner kept the Bombers’ momentum going, throwing a 1-2-3 inning in the fourth.

At the end of the fourth, the Bombers took the runners to second and third without scoring a single out Gil Merod and a walk from Brawdy, both advancing on a wild pitch. Cifonelli took home both runners on a two-run single-to-centerfield, extending the Bombers’ lead to 5-0. Fabbo made it a 6-0 game that Cifonelli scored in left field.

Clarkson put on some pressure in the fifth, putting the runners in first and third place, but Leyner forced a flyball into midfield to end the inning. The Bombers also had runners in first and third place with two outs late in the inning, but a pop-up ended the scoring opportunity.

Clarkson came on the board at the top of the sixth with an RBI double on the left field wall to make it a 6-1 game. Leyner recorded two strikeouts to help the Bombers get out of the inning. The Bombers went three up, three down in the bottom of the inning.

Matt Chase came after six innings of Leyner’s work to pitch the seventh inning. Clarkson placed first- and third-place runners in consecutive singles. Clarkson got two more runs back on a ground rule double and a fielder choice, making it a 6-3 ball game. With a runner in third field, Chase calmly threw a short groundball and pitched to first to end the inning.

Timmy McDonald got his first base hit of the season in bottom seventh on an infield single. Macdonald got into a scoring position as he advanced on a wild field, but the Bombers couldn’t get him home.

Erislandy Rives replaced Chase and made quick work of Clarkson in the eighth who got two groundouts and a strikeout. The Bombers added even more in the eighth when Brawdy doubled and Collin Shashaty drove him home with an RBI single in the next at-bat.

The Bombers went 7-3 into the final frame and sent on Brett Budzak to get the last three outs. Clarkson charged bases with an out on a single and two walks to put the tie run on the plate. Budzak knocked out the last two batters as the Bombers won Game 3 against Clarkson.

Ithaca moves to 25-10 in the season and 13-4 in conference play after a three-game sweep from Clarkson. The Bombers travel to Alfred State on Tuesday, May 3 before playing their Liberty League Crossover Series next weekend.

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