College roundup: MCLA baseball falls to Skidmore at Joe Wolfe Field


NORTH ADAMS — Joe Wolfe Field has been a house of horrors for the MCLA baseball team.

The Trailblazers dropped a 22-1 decision to Skidmore on Thursday afternoon. That means in two home games at the old ballpark on Route 8, MCLA (3-14) has been outscored 38-5.

The Thoroughbreds (8-14) scored nine runs on six hits and two errors in the first inning. Patrick Geiger, who went 3 for 5 with three RBI, hit a two-run double in the inning. Skidmore sent 13 hitters to the plate in the first inning.

MCLA finally got on the board in the seventh inning on Nate Gutmann's sacrifice fly.

Eleven players got at-bats for Skidmore, and 10 of them had hits. Steven Gilbert was 4 for 4 as the leadoff batter and he scored four runs. Mike LaVita belted a three-run home run in the fifth inning and Josh Brown followed that an inning later with a grand slam.

MCLA used 10 different pitchers in the game. Slayter Aubin got the start and gave up eight earned runs in the first inning. Frank Rickus, the third MCLA pitcher, threw two shutout innings, and did not give up a hit.


NEW LONDON, N.H. >> It was a rough day for the MCLA men's tennis team.

The Trailblazers made the long trip to Colby-Sawyer (7-5, 3-0 in the North Atlantic Conference), and came home on the short end of a 9-0 score.

MCLA (1-4, 1-1) lost all three doubles points, and then dropped all six singles matches in straight sets.

MCLA's Aaron Goldsmith at No. 1 singles and Rob Wabshinak at No. 2 lost but battled. Goldsmith lost to Gustav Jigrup 6-3, 6-1, and Wabshinak lost to Alex Wright by the same score.


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