Rochester Can’t Overcome Pair of Big Bucks Innings, Drop Series Opener
Despite another good night at the plate, the Honkers could not hang on to an early lead in a 12-7 loss in Waterloo. Rochester scored five times in the first four frames but were ultimately undone by a seven-run Bucks’ fourth inning.
The Honkers took an early lead for the third time in four games. Jason Swan (Georgia Southern) continued his hot hitting with a two-out, two-RBI single to score Alex Pimentel (Long Beach State) and Mac Horvath (North Carolina).
After the Bucks answered with a run in the third, Rochester padded their lead with three in fourth, Jack Colette (San Jose State) and Mac Horvath plated a pair with fielder’s choice groundouts. Colette later came around to score on an error.
The four-run advantage did not hold, however, as Waterloo put together eight hits to push across seven runs in the bottom half. A Mike Campana (UC Davis) home run and three straight two-out hits did the damage for the Bucks offense.
The Honkers struck back for two in the fifth, when Mike Bolton Jr. (Purdue) belted his first home run of the summer over the right field wall. The freshman’s two-run shot brought Rochester within a run. Bolton Jr. finished 2-4 with a double and a home run.
The Honkers brought the tying run to the plate on a couple of occasions but could not cut the deficit any further. A four-run Waterloo eighth inning put the game out of reach.
Rochester falls to 19-20 with the loss, 4-3 in the second half. Waterloo visits Rochester tomorrow for game two of the series. First pitch from Mayo Field is at 6:35 pm.
By Nick DeLuca//Broadcasting and Media Relations Intern