Fancher hits two grand slams in sweep of Cougars
PLATTSBURGH, NY – Collecting four home runs and 13 runs batted in on Sunday (4/19), Herkimer’s Michael Fancher led the baseball team to another doubleheader sweep of Clinton Community College in back-to-back days, defeating the Cougars 15-0 and 20-0.
Herkimer (19-3) has been rolling as of late, winning their last 11 games. The offense has been scoring a lot of runs thanks to multiple contributors, and the same could be said for the starting pitching, finishing most games in five innings due to a mercy rule.
Sunday was no different, but this time most of the offensive damage was done by sophomore Michael Fancher (Gloversville, NY). Coming into the game against the Cougars, Fancher had five hits and six runs batted in, just over his totals from a season ago where as a freshman he had three hits and four RBI.
Fancher collected six hits and 13 runs batted in on Sunday, four of those hits home runs. That wasn’t it as the centerfielder’s first two home runs were grand slams, one in each game, making the most of an opportunity given to him on the anniversary of Peter McAvoy’s passing. Both Fancher and McAvoy wear the same jersey number (#4), adding to the hysteria of the day in which Fancher hit four home runs, his first multi home run performance as a General, now second on the team in that category behind Christian Malave (Milford, CT) who has six.
Fancher wasn’t to only Generals to go yard however on Sunday. Thomas Carrigan (Niskayuna, NY) collected his second multi home run performance of the season, hitting two round trippers in game one, finishing the weekend with four home runs and five runs batted in. Herkimer now has 26 home runs this season which is the most in the nation.
As good as the Generals were offensively, their pitching was just as good, allowing zero runs and six hits in 10 innings of work. Patrick Merryweather (Baldwinsville, NY) got the start in game one, not allowing a run scored now in his last 10 innings pitched, helping the sophomore to his third win of the season (3-1). Starting in game two was Thomas Carola (Hicksville, NY). In his first start of the season, Carola only allowed two hits in five innings of work, striking out nine Cougars.
Herkimer will be back at home on Tuesday (4/21). They’ll host SUNY Adirondack in a doubleheader at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Timberwolves are 6-14 this season and 2-2 in their last four games.
Herkimer (18-3) 15
Clinton (0-11) 0
Generals 209 04 18 | 15
Cougars 000 00 4 | 0
Patrick Merryweather (W, 3-1) 5IP 4H 0R 0ER 5K
Nate Stanton (L, 0-1) 5IP 18H 15R 15ER 3BB 3K 2HR
Michael Fancher 3-for-4 4RBI 12B 1HR
Tyler Phillips 2-for-4 3RBI 22B
Christian Malave 3-for-4 3RBI 12B
Thomas Carrigan 2-for-4 2RBI 2HR
Chris Rave 1-for-3 1RBI
Gage Lanning 2-for-3 1RBI
Greg Hotaling 3-for-4 1RBI 12B
Aaron Mesick 1-for-1
Kevin Sousa 1-for-2
Herkimer (19-3) 20
Clinton (0-12) 0
Generals 1530 11 16| 20
Cougars 000 00 2 | 0
Thomas Carola (W, 1-0) 5IP 2H 0R 0ER 9K
Aaron Mesick (L, 0-1) 1IP 10H 15R 15ER 3BB 1HR
Alex Cruz 4IP 6H 5R 5ER 1BB 4K 2HR
Michael Fancher 3-for-3 9RBI 3HR
Taishi Terashima 3-for-5 4RBI
Jake Rouse 2-for-3 1RBI 12B
Patrick Dorrian 1-for-2 1RBI
John Tandy 2-for-4 1RBI 12B
Greg Hotaling 1-for-3 1RBI
Next Doubleheader: 4/21 vs. SUNY Adirondack 2 & 4 p.m.