Lackawanna takes a pair from Monroe

MCC Baseball

ROCHESTER - The Lackawanna College Falcons came to Tribune Field and took two games from Monroe Community College in a non-league baseball doubleheader Sunday afternoon.

Lackawanna (10-7) jumped out early in the opener and prevailed by a score of 11-2. The Falcons then rode a dominant pitching performance in a 4-0 win in the nightcap.

Lackawanna came out swinging in game one as Zac Granger singled and Ryan Cole doubled to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Ian Diaz and John Crane followed with RBI singles to make it 2-0.

The Falcons tacked on four runs in the third, taking advantage of three Tribune errors as well as a two-run single by Cole.

Monroe (4-10) got a pair of runs back to cut into the lead. Jose Ramos hit a two-out double to left center in the bottom of the second, and TJ Lucey followed with an RBI two-bagger to get MCC on the board. The Tribunes made it 6-2 in the bottom of the third, as Trey Brown rocketed a solo homer to left for his first collegiate roundtripper.

Lackawanna responded with five runs in the fourth to put it away.

Sean Flannery had a pair of hits to pace MCC. Maximo Fernandez was effective out of the pen, tossing three hitless innings of relief.

Monroe ran into a buzzsaw in the form of Lackawanna starter Nathan McLain in game two. McLain tossed a complete game shutout, allowing three hits while striking out five and walking none.

Flannery had a double and Lucey and Phil Ferranti singled for MCC's only hits. Liam Devine kept the Tribunes in the game by striking out six over three scoreless innings of relief.