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Cougars Sweep Red Barons in Home Opener

Rodolfo Rodriguez (24) at the plate in Genesee's sweep of the Corning Red Barons Thursday afternoon
Rodolfo Rodriguez (24) at the plate in Genesee's sweep of the Corning Red Barons Thursday afternoon

BATAVIA, NY – The Genesee Community College baseball team swept the Corning Community College Red Barons Thursday afternoon in their 2019 home opener, winning 13-2 and 11-1. With the sweep of the Red Barons, Genesee moves their record to 13-7 on the season and a perfect 4-0 record in NJCAA Region III Division III action.  

Jakob MacLeod continued his strong hitting with three hits in the doubleheader, five RBI's and two runs. However, MacLeod also threw game one, and tossed a complete game with eight strikeouts in five innings, giving up four hits and no earned runs.

In the second game, Jonathon Toro (strikeout), winning pitcher Jason Faynor (two strikeouts, one hit) and Ryan Voss (strikeout) gave up just four hits and one unearned run over five innings.

At the plate, Rodolfo Rodriguez hit his third home run of the season and finished with six RBI's and six runs, walking four times in the two games.

Also for Genesee, Eliel Martinez was 4-for-5 in the two games with four runs, four stolen bases and 2 RBI's, Jordi Agosto had four hits, 4 RBI's, three runs and two stolen bases, Elizam De Jesus had two hits, a double and four RBI's, Gabe Diaz had an RBI double, Christian Torres had two hits, Briann Castillo had a hit, scored and stole a base, Bryant Fontanez had a single run and stole a base and Frankie Santiago had three hits, an RBI and stole three bases.

"Corning has a good hitting team, and they've played a lot of games this week, so it was good to get deep into their pitching rotation," said Genesee head coach Skip Sherman. "This is a team that always plays us tough and gets a few wins against us, so we are very pleased to come out of this series ahead. Our hitters were very disciplined today, driving off-speed pitches and outside pitches opposite field and turning on the pitches middle-in."

Genesee is back in action on Saturday, April 6 when they travel to Cayuga Community College. The games against the Spartans will take place at Falcon Park in Auburn. The Cougars return home on Sunday, April 7 at 1 pm as they host the Alfred State Pioneers JV.

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