Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
The Ithaca College baseball team (8-3), ranked 20th nationally by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) opened its home season Friday with a 14-0 win over Keuka (0-1). Five Bomber pitchers combined to allow two Storm baserunners; the first 24 Keuka batters were retired.
Freshman John Prendergast improved to 3-0, picking up the win by retiring all 15 batters he faced. Prendergast lowered his season ERA to 0.94, striking out a season-high eight batters. He needed just 58 pitches to pitch his five perfect innings.
Seniors Tucker Healy and Ian Rebhan and freshman Quinn Irwin each followed with a perfect inning. The Storm finally put a runner on base in the ninth inning when Keuka's lead-off hitter rifled a line drive off the foot of junior pitcher Ian Gaule . A two-out walk provided the Storm's only other base runner.
The Ithaca offense pounded out 17 hits, with 15 Bombers recording either a hit, RBI or run scored.
Junior left fielder Andrew Turner and junior catcher Corey Caswell (both had two hits and two runs batted in.
Senior shortstop Jarrod Surine , sophomore third baseman Tim Henry and senior first baseman Mike Preite added two hits apiece and sophomore shortstop Tim Locastro drove in a pair of runs.
Ithaca pitchers combined to strike out 15 Keuka batters. Healy needed just 11 pitches to strike out the side in the sixth inning. Rebhan and Gaule both struck out a pair of Keuka hitters.
In a cermeony held before the game, Bomber coach George Valesente was recognized for collecting his 1,000th career win (a 9-5 victory against Pomona-Pitzer last week). Valesente, who is the sixth Division III coach to achieve that feat, was presented with the game ball from the milestone win and congratulatory messages from more than 60 of his former players and other coaches and administrators.