Hot Hitting Leads to Win Over River Hawks

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ANNVILLE, PA – The Vassar baseball team recorded 20 hits and returned from a 0-7 deficit to earn a 14-13 victory against Susquehanna on Saturday afternoon. Vassar moves to 5-5 on the season, while Susquehanna drops to 3-11.

The River Hawks took a seven-run lead after the first three innings, and the Brewers only tallied one hit in that frame. The Vassar bats finally woke up at the bottom of the third when Reid Lapekas and Sam Brinster singled to make it 2-7. Ricardo Reyna singled in Brinster to add one more run.

Susquehanna added two more runs in the fourth to lead 3-9, but Vassar responded with the same amount. Adam Talwalkar reached home after Jaden Millstein grounded out, and a Brinster double let Alex Warren get home.

Luke Barrientos pitched in the fifth and struck out two batters before the River Hawks added a run on a double. Barrientos closed out strong, striking out the third batter. The Brewers made it a two-run game at the bottom of the frame. Reyna scored on a Millstein single, and an Andrew Kanellis single cut it to 8-10.

In the seventh, Susquehanna pushed its lead up to four from a failed double-play turn, leading to two runs scoring for the River Hawks. Vassar came back with a three-run homer down the left-field line by Kanellis to make it 12-13. Vassar tied in the eighth after a Kanellis sacrifice fly. Afterward, the Brewers took their first lead when Ty Murray singled to right field, bringing Brinster home.

At the top of the ninth, the rain ended the game before Susquehanna could attempt a comeback as the Brewers took the victory.

Brinster went 4-for-4 with three runs, three RBIs, and two walks, while Kanellis went 3-for-5 with a home run, five RBIs, and one run. In total, seven Brewers recorded two or more hits.

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