Can’t Touch This

Softball Sweeps Skidmore, Freshmen Eleni Wechsler Pitches No-Hitter

Rochester ran its softball winning streak to eight in a row as the Yellowjackets swept Skidmore College, 11-3, and 12-0, in a doubleheader at Southside Field on Sunday afternoon. Freshman Eleni Wechsler spun a five-inning no-hitter in the nitecap. It is the third no-hitter in softball’s history. Kathy Gagne did it in 2002 vs. D’Youville and Brittany Grage did it vs. RIT in 2013.

The Yellowjackets improved to 13-7 overall, 6-0 in the Liberty League.

Rochester accumulated 12 hits and seven walks in game one. The Yellowjackets jumped in front, 9-0, after four innings. Skidmore scored a pair of runs off Rochester’s Sarah Wayson in the fifth, then added one more in the top of the sixth. Rochester scored twice in the sixth to end the game on the mercy rule.

In the nitecap, the Yellowjackets took advantage of 13 hits – all singles – plus six walks. Rochester put together a seven-run rally in the bottom of the second to take command. Six players had RBIs.

Wechsler walked three and struck out four. Grage picked up the game one win. In a total of 4.2 innings pitched, Grage allowed two hits, walked two, and struck out five. In 1.1 innings pitched, Wayson gave up five hits, three runs (two earned), and walked two.

The DH was deemed Senior Day since it was the final Liberty League weekend at home for the Yellowjackets. They play at Union on Friday, at RPI on Saturday. Rochester closes its Liberty League regular season at RIT on April 26.

Rochester will host Nazareth on Tuesday afternoon in its annual PINK game to raise money for the battle against cancer. The first game of the twinbill begins at 3 pm.

Baseball’s Strandberg Fires No-Hitter In Sweep of Bard

StrandbergOn the baseball diamond, freshman David Strandberg threw the first recorded no-hitter in the University of Rochester’s baseball history on Sunday, helping the Yellowjackets to a two game sweep of Liberty League opponent Bard College on Sunday.Rochester (14-12, 10-6 Liberty League) won game one by an 11-2 score and captured game two in a rout, winning 18-0.  Bard drops to 3-14-1 overall and 0-8-1 in league play.Strandberg pitched seven innings of hitless ball, allowing two runs in the fifth off three walks and a wild pitch.  He ended the day with six free passes and four strikeouts and earns his first collegiate victory.

At the plate, jumped out to an early lead with five runs in the first inning.  Junior Brendan Garry drew a bases loaded walk and that followed by a 2-RBI double from sophomore Lance Hamilton and another 2-RBI hit from classmate Brian Munoz.

In the fourth, UR tacked on four more runs on three bases loaded walks and a Nolan Schultz sac fly.  Overall, Rochester drew eight walks in game one off the Raptor pitching staff.  In game one, every UR starter recorded a run scored and seven of the nine earned an RBI.

It was more of the same for UR in game two as the Yellowjacket offense exploded in a 18-0 victory, completing the weekend 4-game sweep at Damaschke Field.

Rochester scored one run in the first when Josh Ludwig scored on a fielding error by the Raptors.  In the second, the Yellowjackets sent 14 men to the plate in an 8-run frame.  Munoz, Garry and Tyler DeClerck all had RBI doubles in the inning and Ludwig added a two-run single as well.

On the mound, sophomore Matt Todd was outstanding, throwing seven innings of two-hit ball while only issuing two walks and striking out six batters.  Sophomore Andrew Crean allowed one hit in two innings of work to close out the game while also fanning four batters.

The score remained 9-0 until the ‘Jackets tacked on nine more runs in the seventh.  Sophomore Dan Warren had two separate RBI singles in the inning while Ludwig had another RBI base hit and freshman Will Conroy added a sacrifice fly.

The Yellowjackets next game is scheduled for Tuesday at Ithaca College at 4 pm.  The next Liberty League contest for UR is when they host Vassar in doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday.

Article and photo compliments of Scott Sabocheck, Athletic Communications Asstistant and the Rochester Athletics Department.

Summer Plans Series: Sander ’14 in a League of His Own

By Rei Ramos ’15
Univ. Communications

Baseball is more than just a simple hobby for Ethan Sander ’14. Starting early with an organized t-ball league at the age of five, his involvement with the sport has continued even into his college years. Now, after scoring a marketing internship with the local Rochester Red Wings, the rising senior has the opportunity to experience his favorite sport on a completely different playing field.

For the last three years, he has served as a heavy hitter on the University’s varsity baseball team. A business major with a marketing focus, Sander was lucky to have found an internship that catered to two of his very different interests, granting a glimpse of the commercial side of baseball. This summer, he will be taking a break from stealing bases on the field and will instead try his hand at selling out the stadium seats, among other duties. Throwing promotions instead of pitches, he works as an intern with the Red Wings’ marketing and sales department, formulating strategies to sell group tickets and ticket packages to the stadium suites and also personally coordinating with minor league athletes during mascot and player appearances for the public.

”I hope to work in baseball for a career and I think interning for the Red Wings is a great start and learning experience for that. The sales aspect of my job is beneficial as I have never really done that before, and that is a very important part of working in the front office of a baseball team,” says Sander. Stepping out of his usual role as an athlete, he is gaining a different experience from this internship by switching his focus from playing the game to selling it through measures like ticket promotions and fan giveaways. According to him, the position has introduced him to the importance of “fan interaction, especially when selecting and explaining to contestants how promotions are run.”

Moving from the dugout to the office for the summer term, Sander has been offered a unique and valuable perspective on baseball.  Involving many of the topics and subjects that he has encountered in his business and marketing classes, this internship has served as a beneficial experiential supplement to his field of study. That’s not to say that working in the less hands-on sector of the sport has dulled his interest. ”Being around baseball and a good group makes everything a lot more enjoyable,” says Sander.

While the rising senior is currently unsure whether his post-grad plans involve the pursuit of a playing career, he foresees a continued involvement in athletics in his future. Sanders says, “I would like to work in sports, especially baseball after graduation but we will have to see what opportunities present themselves.”

This story is part of the Summer Plans Series, a collection of stories about how undergrads at the University of Rochester are spending their summer. Know of someone doing something cool over break? Email The Buzz (thebuzz@rochester.edu) and tell us all about it!