TAMPA, Fla. - March 10 - Mike Schnurr, a freshman pitcher for the Erie Community College baseball team, allowed one hit as the Kats recorded a 2-1 victory over Mesabi Range (Minn.) CTC Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader. In the nightcap, sophomore Cody Alessi (Trinity, Fla./Eastlake) struck out 11 and allowed six hits as the Kats recorded a 4-1 win.
Schnurr (Waterloo, Ont./St. David's) allowed a one-out double in the first inning as Mesabi Range took a 1-0 lead. The Kats tied the game in third inning when Vinny Sherman (North Collins, N.Y./North Collins) scored on a one-out single by Brian Barry (Derby, N.Y./Lake Shore).
ECC took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Trent Unverdorben (Portville, N.Y./Portville) walked with one out. He then scored when Nick Galenti (Cheektowaga, N.Y./St. Mary's) doubled to left field. The 2-1 lead was all Schnurr needed as he retired the last 16 batters he faced.
In game two, ECC took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Barry drove in Sherman on a single to center field. The Kats added a run in the third inning when Barry drove in Marc Dileo (Williamsville, N.Y./Canisius) on a single to right. ECC made it 3-0 in the fourth inning when Austin Zakroczemski (Lancaster, N.Y./St. Francis) stole home.
After Mesabi Range scored in the fourth, ECC answered in the sixth. Ricky Mendiola (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville South) doubled to lead off the inning. James Krolikowski (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster) came in as a pinch-runner and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Hoffhines (Depew, N.Y./Lancaster).
The Kats will play Schenectady County CC and Minnesota State CTC Monday afternoon.