Baseball Team Falls in Region III Tournament

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, May 8, 2004

The Hudson Valley Community College (42-10) baseball team defeated Erie Community College, 9-6, to remain alive in the NJCAA Region III Division III Tournament. However, Hudson Valley's season came to a close with an 8-6 loss to Columbia-Greene Saturday evening.

Sophomore Steve Sayre (East Greenbush/Columbia High School) finished two-for-three with a double and two RBI to lead the Vikings against Erie. Sophomores Kody Caulfild (Schenectady/Schenectady High School) and Elvis Climes (Middletown/Middletown High School) each drove in two runs.

Sayre and sophomore Ryan Gijon-Owen (Puebla, Mexico/Bowie, TX High School) each had two hits and two RBI for the Vikings against Columbia-Greene. Freshman Joel Molina (Middletown/Middletown High School) finished three-for-five at the plate and had two stolen bases.

Gijon-Owen will graduate from Hudson Valley as its all-time leader in hits (120), RBI (107), and doubles (34). He also had 10 home runs. Sayre, the 2004 Region III Player of the Year, set a school single season record with 23 doubles. In only one year, Climes became Hudson Valley's all-time stolen base leader with 45. Sophomore Jeremy Gulich (Horseheads/Horseheads High School) finished his illustrious career with a 12-4 record on the mound.

Game 1
Erie		010 220 010 – 6  11  2
Hudson Valley	111 002 13x – 9   9  3
Erie: Dan Conaway, Rick Hagerty (6) and Chris Wood
Hudson Valley: Jesse Hendriksen, K.K. Pierce (5), Nate Jones (8) and Craig Mastroianni
Game 2
Columbia-Greene	330 010 001 – 8  13  2
Hudson Valley	120 200 100 – 6  12  1
Columbia-Greene: Dan Sausville, Mike Acker (7) and Ryan Bouck
Hudson Valley: Jeremy Gulich, Nate Jones (9) and Craig Mastroianni