Late LaMura Hit Gives Langan 300th Win

Chris Langan earned his 300th career coaching victory when Felician swept post on Apr. 13, 2016. (Omar Jimenez)
Chris Langan earned his 300th career coaching victory when Felician swept post on Apr. 13, 2016. (Omar Jimenez)

LYNDHURST, N.J. – Reliever Danny Naif (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Liberty) worked out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the top of the eighth inning and junior center fielder Andrew LaMura (Brick, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) lined a go-ahead two-run single in the bottom half as Felician University rallied for a 5-3 Game 2 victory over visiting Post University and a sweep of the teams' Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference baseball doubleheader on Wednesday evening at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.

Felician captured Game 1, 21-0, tying the school record for largest victory margin in a shutout. Golden Falcon sophomore Matt Diesel (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) drove in five runs on the day. Felician (19-15, 8-2 CACC) has won five games in a row and 14 of its last 16.

The Game 2 victory was the 300th in the career of Golden Falcons' head coach Chris Langan of Hazlet. Langan has spent his entire 13-year collegiate coaching career at Felician.

Post (8-24, 3-9) broke a 1-1 Game 2 tie in the top of the sixth inning on a two-run single by Maxime Robillard (Blainville, Quebec/Gareses Vanier). The Eagles then put their first three runners on base in the eighth. Naif (2-0) entered the game and recorded a strikeout, lineout and strikeout to preserve the one-run deficit.

With one out in the home half of the eighth, Ralph Caccavale (Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) and Diesel drew consecutive walks. Both runners advanced on a passed ball before scoring on LaMura's hit. LaMura advanced to second base on the throw home and to third on a throwing error on the play, and Brennan Price (Middlesex, N.J./Middlesex) delivered a sacrifice fly for an insurance run.

Naif worked around a leadoff single to retire the Eagles in the ninth. Both starting pitchers were effective in no decisions. Post sophomore left-hander Enzo Esposito (Hamilton, N.J.) allowed one earned run on three hits with 12 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Felician junior lefty Drue Brooks (Spring Hill, Fla./Nature Coast Tech) gave up one earned run on one hit in five-plus frames.

Both teams were limited to four hits. Price was 2 for 3 with a double and Caccavale had a triple for Felician. The Eagles' Mike Munson (Plainville, Conn./Plainville) went 2 for 3.

Game 1 represented the most runs for the Golden Falcons since a 23-5 home victory over Domincan (N.Y.) College on Mar. 22, 2014. Felician scored three runs in the third inning, then broke the game open with an eight-run fourth. Caccavale had a two-run single and Matt Kleinstein (Marlboro, N.J./Colts Neck) a three-run triple to highlight the uprising.

Diesel had a two-run single in the Golden Falcons' four-run seventh, and the hosts plated five more runs on just two hits in the eighth.

Junior right-hander Matt Blandino (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Central) (5-2) won his fifth consecutive start for Felician. He departed after five innings, having allowed one hit with six strikeouts and no walks. Three relievers combined to complete a four-hitter.

Diesel went 3 for 4 with four RBI and Bruce Strickland (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) was 3 for 5 as Felician accumulated 19 base hits. Freshman Omar Jimenez (Perth Amboy, N.J./Perth Amboy) came off the bench to stroke two doubles and score twice.

Felician defeated Lincoln (Pa.) University, 21-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Mar. 21, 2010.

Included in Langan's 300-323 career record is a 155-112 (.581) mark in regular-season CACC play.