Six-Run Eighth Caps Comeback Baseball Victory

(Photo by Dave Schofield)
(Photo by Dave Schofield)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Felician University scored six times in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 5-5 tie and complete a come-from-behind 11-7 non-conference baseball victory over the University of New Haven on Sunday afternoon at the Ripken Experience complex. The game completed Felician's five-game trip to Myrtle Beach for the Northeast Challenge event.

Felician junior right fielder Andrew LaMura (Brick, N.J.) delivered an RBI single in the seventh to knot the score at 5-5. The Golden Falcons left the bases loaded in the frame, but after senior John Holland (Jackson, N.J.) (1-2) pitched a perfect top of the eighth, junior catcher Matt Kleinstein (Marlboro, N.J.) singled to left field to begin the bottom half.

New Haven (0-4) failed to retire the lead runner on consecutive Golden Falcon sacrifice bunt attempts, leaving the bases loaded with no one out. Senior Ralph Caccavale (Massapequa, N.Y.) singled up the middle to drive in pinch-runner Garrett Luna (Lodi, N.J.) with the go-ahead run. Matt Diesel (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) followed with a two-run single, and, after a pitching change, LaMura hit a run-scoring double to left field. Two outs later, junior Brennan Price (Middlesex, N.J.) capped the rally with a two-run home run.

The Chargers tallied three times in the top of the first inning, using a leadoff home run by Nick Russo (Shirley, N.Y.) and a two-run single from Joe Caico (Hopedale, Mass.). UNH scored again in the top of the fourth, but the Golden Falcons (4-6) tied the game by scoring four times in the bottom of the fourth. J.R. Meneses (Lake Worth, Fla.) had a sacrifice fly and Ronnie Grant (Burlington, N.J.) a game-tying two-run double in the inning.

New Haven went back ahead when a run came home on a dropped pop-up in the top of the fifth, and that score held until LaMura's hit in the bottom of the seventh.

Russo finished 3 for 5 and Dylon Grzenda (North Attleboro, Mass.) also homered for UNH. Grant had a pair of doubles and three other Golden Falcons – Caccavale, LaMura and Kleinstein – came up with two hits apiece as Felician outhit the Chargers, 11-10.