Chargers baseball loses game three of a four-game set

Joe Klaus, Sports Editor

After outsourcing Adelphi 19-5 on Saturday, it was the same university’s bats that woke up on Monday, taking game three against the Chargers 7-4.

After being held quiet on Saturday, the Adelphi Panthers line-up jumped over Chargers’ starting pitcher Kevin McNiff quickly in the first inning. Panthers’ junior outfielder Tim Feliz jumped on a fastball driving the pitch over the right-field fence for a two-run bomb to start the scoring off. The Panthers would add another off of a runner batted in (RBI) single from sophomore Jose Matos.

The Chargers were never able to get the big hit that they needed getting runners into scoring position but never being able to cash in and plate runs. They first scored in the third inning after shortstop Noah Budzik drove in center fielder Noah Eisel, cutting the lead to 3-1.

That scoreline did not hold when McNiff gave up his second homer of the game giving up a three-run homer to Cooper Johnson in the fourth inning, extending the lead to 7-1. After that devastating blow and never being able to settle in and find a groove against the Panthers batters, McNiff was pulled.

Panthers starting pitcher Tommy O’Sullivan through the Chargers line-up. Finishing his day after six innings, he gave up only one run and five hits, struck out three batters and moved to 1-1 for the year.

The Chargers had opportunities after O’Sullivan was replaced by Michael Storms. They loaded the bases with one out but were shut out by the new pitcher in his two and two-thirds innings of gameplay.

After an offensive explosion on Saturday, the Chargers bats were held in game three of the series with a final score of 7-1.

The Chargers return to Frank Viera Field on Wednesday for the series finale against Adelphi and hope to take the series 3-1, making them .500 for the year. First pitch will be at 3:30 pm and the game will be live on the Charger Sports Network.