The Genesee Community College baseball team has set a new standard for success by breaking the record for wins in a season. The Cougars accomplished this by going 6-2 this week with wins over Onondaga, Niagara County and Jamestown. The team is currently 21-8 overall. The previous mark was 15 wins set in 1986 and tied last season.
The team lost its doubleheader on Tuesday with Finger Lakes, 5-3 and 3-2. In the first game, the Cougars managed only two hits and fell behind 3-0 but still rallied to tie the game before Finger Lakes scored two in the top of the seventh.The second game was a pitching duel. Andrew Van'tWout pitched six strong innings as he allowed only three hits while striking out seven. Finger Lakes scored two runs on four errors in the fourth and the winning run in the seventh was also unearned. Offensively, GCC only had four hits.
Against Onondaga on Wednesday, Quinn Fuller pitched a complete game for the victory. He struck out four and walked two in the 10-5 win. Errors are still plaguing the team defensively as three out of the five runs given up were unearned. The team opened it up offensively as Johnny DeWolfe went 4 for 4 for Genesee. Jeff Gmerek and Ryan Gugel add two hits a piece and Tony Ray belted his third homerun of the year. In game two, DeWolfe had four more hits while Ray and Gmerek added two hits each as GCC pounded OCC, 9-0. Aaron Strusienski picked up the win by yielding only two hits and one walk while fanning six out of the 22 batters faced.
The team did not allow a single run in a doubleheader sweep of Niagara CCC on Thursday. The Cougars won the opening game, 5-0, and the nightcap, 8-0.On Saturday, Genesee defeated Jamestown 8-6 in game one and 10-2 in game two.
Brad Kozak leads the team with .365 batting average followed by Ryan Gugel at .330 and Quinn Fuller at .328. Fuller leads the team with 21 runs batted in and is tied with Tony Ray for the lead with three homeruns. Pitching continues to be the strength of the Cougars as the top three hurlers each have earned run averages below 1.66. Andrew Van'tWout is 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA. He has only yielded 27 hits and seven walks in 32 2/3 innings. Justin Bye leads the Cougars with five wins and 43 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings pitched.