SYRACUSE, NEW YORK-The Syracuse Spartans returned home to Lafayette on Wednesday, July 3, making a comeback and winning 10-9 against the Rome Generals.
Ryan Sliwinski, the starting pitcher for the Spartans, pitched for five innings with five strikeouts. Brock Weirather came in to relieve Sliwinski in the sixth inning.
The Spartans were on their game right away, with Jackson Geisler hitting a double in the bottom of the first. The team managed to bring Geisler in for a run to put the Spartans up right away (1-0). The Generals quickly tied up the game in the top of the second, after single by Theron Schilling brought Adam Colon home. Syracuse took back the lead (2-1) in the bottom of the second after Zac Legarretta made it on base by a hit pitch, stole second, and eventually scored off an error in the field.
The third inning proved to end in favor of the Generals. Scoring four runs, one of them off a homerun, Rome secured a solid lead over Syracuse (5-2). The Spartans steadily inched themselves closer to the Generals on the board for the remainder of the game. A homerun by Spenser McGhee in the bottom of the fourth boosted morale and brought the game to 5-3. A double by Max Gebauer brought McGhee and May home, making the score (9-5). The Generals also had a big sixth inning, scoring four more runs.
A steady performance by the Spartans throughout the entire game began to pay off in the bottom of the seventh. A double by Andres Garcia, singles by Corey McMann and AJ Jergensen, followed by another double by Spense McGhee contributed to the three runs scored by the Spartans (9-8).
Finally taking back the lead in the bottom of the eighth, a double by Corey McMann brought Andres Garcia home for the final run of the game (10-9). Nate Burns subbed in for Brock Weirather at the mound in the top of the ninth, followed by a quick three outs to end the game for a Spartans’ win.
The Spartans will play Thursday, July 4 (7 p.m.) at Onondaga Community College for ALS Awareness Night. The team will be participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and collecting money toward the cause.