Baseball drops first home game in Brockport
JERSEY CITY, NJ – The University of New Jersey City baseball team returned to Jersey City on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 26, as the Gothic Knights hosted SUNY Brockport at Caven Point Field for their 2022 home opener NJCU fought hard through the nine-inning contest but ultimately fell to the Golden Eagles, 8-1.
Junior right fielder Josh Hernandez (Lake Worth, FL/Park Vista Community) was once again a bright spot for the Greens and Ors (1-1) in this one, going 2 for 3 with a stolen base, also reaching on a blow-by-blow shot against Brockport (1-0). He is now batting .500 through two early season games.
Three pitchers saw the bump in this one for the Gothic Knights, highlighted by an outstanding performance from the freshman right-hander Riley Morrow (Ocean Township, NJ/Ocean Township). The rookie pitcher pitched 4.0 innings in relief, allowing no earned runs while giving up a single hit and striking out five. young right-hander Justin Wiltsey (Hamilton Township, NJ/Hamilton West) also pitched 4.0 innings to start, allowing four earned and striking out five.
Rookie receiver Nick Vaughn (Ocean Township, NJ/Ocean Township) also had a decent day, going 1 for 3 with a walk and stolen base. Junior Designated Hitter Bryan Fernandez (Sayreville, NJ/Sayreville War Memorial) was 1 for 4, with his only hit on a long shot to left center field for a baseline rule double – the fences at Caven Point, a multipurpose facility built for football, are extremely long, and the ball would likely have gone out on Jersey City’s usual home ground, the Thomas M. Gerrity Athletic Complex. Second-year left fielder David Duran (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) also reached base twice, going 1 for 3 with a walk.
NJCU’s only game of the day in the bottom of the ninth when junior extraordinary baserunner Caleb Ware (Newark, NJ/University) came with no outs and made his own run once more. After a foul in left field, Ware started to score and reach second place safely. Then, after the next batter was out, Ware went third on a wild pitch. Finally, a wild pitch hit the next bat again and Ware crossed home plate safely.
The Greens and Gold have one more game in the Northeast before heading to Florida for spring break. Jersey City travel to Newburgh, NY to take on Mount Saint Mary College on Wednesday afternoon, March 2, with a first pitch scheduled for 3:00 p.m.