Brookhaven, NY – The Concordia College baseball team was back in action on Sunday afternoon as they played in a doubleheader for the second straight day. The Clippers traveled to face non-conference foe, Dowling College, as the home team took both games 7-4 and 7-1.
Concordia began the first game with an early run in the top of the first as Chris Rutigliano (Wantagh, NY) singled through the ride side to score Erik Poldroo (New York, NY) on the play. In the bottom half, the Golden Lions tied the game on an RBI single as the runs were few-and-far to come by in the early going for either team.
Dowling added a run in the bottom of the fourth to take their first lead of the game but the Clippers responded with a run in their next at-bats. Jason Berrios (Brooklyn, NY) occupied third base with one out and was able to advance to home plate after a wild pitch.
In the top of the sixth, Concordia added two more runs off back-to-back RBI singles to take a 4-2 lead. The Golden Lions responded with five runs in the bottom half of the inning to secure the 7-4 victory.
Starting pitcher, Christopher Rodriguez (Queens, NY) went 4.0 innings as he allowed two earned runs on five hits for the no decision. Anthony Barone (New Rochelle, NY) was saddled with the loss as he allowed two earned runs in 1.1 innings of work.
In game two, Dowling jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first as a three-run home run began the inning. The Clippers were unable to get anything going offensively as the Golden Lions scored a lone run in the second inning and two more in the third to take a 7-0 lead.
Concordia only recorded five hits in the game and their only run came in the seventh inning off a Poldroo RBI single that scored Ryan Roman (Port Chester, NY) from third base.
Samuel Gaitan (Queens, NY) pitched 4.0 innings in the loss of the Clippers as he allowed four earned runs on eight hits while striking out two batters. Chris Peña (Bronx, NY) finished the last 2.0 innings allowing only one hit against the nine batters he faced. Concordia left nine base runners on the base paths during the second game as Dowling won their tenth game of the season.
The Clippers (2-17, 0-2 CACC) will have a day off after playing back-to-back doubleheaders. Concordia will be on the road again on Tuesday as they visit Caldwell College for a CACC doubleheader beginning at 3pm.