The Syracuse Spartans (21-17) lost to the Sherrill SilverSmiths (19-20) in seven innings Wednesday night.
It was a pitchers duel, as Joe Westerman got the start for the Spartans, while Sherrill pitcher Efstathios Keskinidis got the nod for his squad.
Both pitchers were crusing early. Westerman gave up a leadoff double to Jake Corro, but afterwards settled in to retire the next eight batters in a row.
Keskinidis was electric on the mound, not allowing a hit until the top of the seventh inning. He went all seven innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out seven.
It was a battle of who was going to make the first mistake. In such a shortened game, every inning and every pitch matter. Unfortunatley for the Spartans, Westerman cracked first.
The right hander from Merimack College gave up a two-run homerun to Nicholas Wydler in the bottom of the fifth inning to break open the scoring. Corro followed suit with a solo homerun two batters later to increase the Sherrill lead to 3-0.
Westerman went all six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, while striking out four.
The bats were almost non-existent for the Spartans, who got no-hit into the top of the seventh inning. Shortstop Jack Paulson launced a solo homerun over the right field wall for the Spartans first hit and only run.
Syracuse only had five baserunners the entire seven inning affair. Designated hitter Jay Perry and third baseman Britton Lawrence knocked in singles for the other two hits that Syracuse mustered.
SPARTAN OF THE GAME: Jack Paulson
Paulson went 1-2 with a solo homerun and a walk in a game that was tough on the bats of the Spartans.
Syracuse gets back in action when it faces the Hornell Dodgers tomorrow evening at Dick Rockwell Field. First pitch is scheduled for 5:15pm.