St. Joseph’s (11-7) saw their four-game winning streak come to an end in game one, but with the win in game two they have now won five of their last six, while SUNY-Canton (8-12) has now earned a split in their last two doubleheaders after a seven-game losing streak.
Both games were tightly contested as the matchup carried possible USCAA Small College World Series implications down the line, as the Bears came in ranked No. 8 in the first USCAA coaches’ poll while the Roos entered at No. 15.
The nightcap found Cutrone in a familiar spot as he was in another pitcher’s duel, this time with Roos starter Travis Bigelow. The pitchers dominated throughout with hits hard to come by for either team.
A perfect seventh inning by Cutrone and Roos reliever John Mancini saw the two teams go to extra innings and the pitching continued to be the story as each pitcher set the side down in order in both the eighth and ninth inning.
Cutrone put up another perfect in the tenth even though his pitch count had surpassed 120 on the day and sent the Bears to the plate hoping to break through with the winning run.
Francis Rapp (Baldwin/Oceanside) led off the tenth with the first hit in the game since Cutrone singled in the sixth and DeFillippo followed that up with a nicely placed bunt that gave the defense trouble allowing the freshman to beat the throw at the bag.
A wild pitch allowed the runners to move into scoring position and McKenna delivered with a shot over the center fielder’s head that scored Rapp to secure the walk-off win.
Cutrone completed the game on 123 pitches, allowing eight hits and one earned run with five strikeouts to pick up the win, improving to 4-1 on the year.
St. Joseph’s was set to return to action on Wednesday, April 9, against Staten Island at MCU Park.