AUBURNDALE, Fla. — Keuka College senior John Rizzo hit for the cycle in game one and followed that with a three-hit performance in the nightcap as Keuka College swept Juniata College in Florida on Friday.
Keuka College (3-3) won the opener against the Eagles 8-7 in eight innings on a walkoff single by Tyler Broderick. The Green and Gold then took game two over Juniata by the score of 17-7.
Rizzo led the offense with eight hits on the day. The senior had three singles, two doubles, two triples, and a home run combined in the two games. Dan Bamann had five hits on the day and Dakota Skinner drove in four runs for the Wolves.
Keuka College 8 vs. Juniata College 7 – 8 innings
John Rizzo led off the bottom of the first for Keuka College with a solo home run to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead. They extended the lead with a pair of runs in the third. Jake Redding came home on a Dakota Skinner sacrifice fly. Dan Bamann followed that with an RBI single, scoring Rizzo to make it 3-0.
Juniata College tied the game in the fourth with three unearned runs and then took a 4-3 in the fifth. Much like the third, Keuka College scored a pair in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly and single to reclaim a 5-4 lead. An unearned run tied the game in the sixth for the Eagles and the game would go to extra innings tied at 5-5.
The Eagles struck first in the top of the eighth with a two-run home run. Keuka College answered with a rally of their own in the bottom of the frame. Dakota Skinner provided an RBI single for the Wolves. Tyler Krowiak tied the game with a single later in the inning with an RBI single to tie the game. The next batter was Tyler Broderick. He singled on a 2-2 pitch to score Dakota Skinner and give the Wolves an 8-7 walkoff victory.
Lead Wolf: John Rizzo had a career game for the Wolves. The senior was 5-5 at the plate, hitting for the cycle, and adding a triple on top of that. He set a school record with 13 total bases.
Keuka College 17 vs. Juniata College 7
Hitting first in the top of the first inning, Keuka College took a quick 2-0 lead as Kyle Colegrove doubled to score Rizzo and Brooks Vertoske singled him home for the 2-0 advantage. The Eagles got one back in the bottom of the inning, but the Wolves added to their lead in the second.
The margin was cut down to three runs, 8-5, going into the top of the fourth inning. The Wolves scored five in the inning on RBI hits by Bamann, Anthony Mashewske, Dave Verrett, and John Rizzo. Keuka College carried that momentum to the 17-7 victory.
Lead Wolf: Dan Bamann followed up Rizzo's career performance in Game 1 with one of his own in Game 2. The junior finished a home run short of the cycle with a career-high four hits. His RBI triple was the first three-base hit of his career.
- Friday was the first ever games between Keuka College and Juniata College in baseball
- Keuka College is now 14-10-1 all-time in extra-inning games
- It was the first home run of Rizzo's career
- 21 hits by Keuka College in Game 2 ties for the sixth most in a game in program history
- Kevin Franz earned the win on the mound in Game 2. It was his 36th appearance in his career, tying for the most ever in school history
Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves will face Colby College on Saturday in Florida in a doubleheader. Keuka college faced the Mules during their spring trip in 2015 and lost both ends of the doubleheader against them.