Old Westbury defeats CCNY for fifth straight win

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SUNY Old Westbury baseball won its fifth-straight game with a convincing 15-1 victory Monday afternoon versus the CCNY Beavers from Baseball Heaven in Yaphank.  With the win, Old Westbury improves to 5-2 on the season while sending CCNY’s record to 3-2. 

Old Westbury starter Tim Ingram (2-1) dazzled on the mound, striking out nine of 15 batters he faced to earn his second win of the season. 

After Ingram struck out the side in the top of the second, Old Westbury got on the board in the home half of the frame with 10 runs on 10 hits (six extra-base hits).  Three straight singles set the plate for Tommy Ziegen, who delivered a two-run double to score Jake Schwartz for the eventual game-winning run.  Two batters later, Jacob Coners’ RBI triple scored Ziegen, which followed with four-straight RBI doubles by Eddie Hernandez, Jonathan Pagan, Dean Sheridan and Michael Cardino to put the Panthers up by nine runs.  Ziegen knocked in his third run of the inning with an RBI single to score Schwartz for a 10-0 lead. 

CCNY scored its lone run in the fifth with a two-out Bobby McDowell RBI double off reliever Carlos Solorzano to make it a 12-1 game. 

Cardino’s RBI double in the fifth put the Panthers up by 12 runs before pinch hitter Joey Walsh walked, stole second, and advanced home off a wild pitch in the seventh inning.  Old Westbury closed the scoring books in the eighth with Brandon Stein’s RBI double, which drove home Peter Falgiano for the 15-1 final.

Ingram scattered two hits and walked one in four innings of mound work.  Nick Schoen and Nick Dorcean each tossed two innings of one-hit relief as Old Westbury’s pitching combined to rack up 15 strikeouts, while allowing six hits and three walks. 

CCNY starter Max Mueller (0-1) lasted just 1.1 innings, surrendering nine runs on nine hits to take the loss.

Cardino’s 3-for-4 game with two RBI and two runs scored paced the Panthers.  Pagan (2-5, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB), Sheridan (2-3, RBI, R), Carlos Balmaceda (2-3 RBI, R), Stein (2-2, RBI) and Ziegen (2-5, 3 RBI, R, SB) each contributed multi-hit performances for Old Westbury.

Olivio’s 2-for-3 game at the plate led the Beavers.

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