Golden Falcons Pitch, Slug Way To Win At Barry

Matt Kleinstein homered and drove in the first two runs of a March 3, 2017, win at Barry. (Dave Schofield)
Matt Kleinstein homered and drove in the first two runs of a March 3, 2017, win at Barry. (Dave Schofield)

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – Three Felician University pitchers combined on a three-hitter and seniors Matt Kleinstein (Marlboro, N.J.) and Brennan Price (Middlesex, N.J.) hit home runs as the Golden Falcons defeated host Barry University, 7-3, in non-conference baseball action on Friday evening on Feinbloom Field.

Felician (4-2) earned its first victory over the Buccaneers in six all-time meetings.

Kleinstein opened the scoring with a solo homer off of Barry left-hander Jonathan Hernandez (Miami, Fla.) (1-3) with one out in the top of the second inning. Kleinstein drove in another run in the third with a bases-loaded walk, but the Buccaneers reached Felician starter John Holland (Jackson, N.J.) (2-0) for an unearned run in the home half of the third to close the gap to 2-1.

The Golden Falcon offense continued to add on to the lead, scoring single runs in five consecutive frames. Felician led off the fourth, fifth and sixth with doubles. J.R. Meneses (Lake Worth, Fla.) scored on a passed ball in the fourth, Matt Diesel (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) came home on a Price single in the fifth, and after Barry went to its bullpen, Diesel produced a sixth-inning sacrifice fly.

Holland worked 5 1/3 innings, yielding two runs (none earned) on three hits with seven strikeouts and five walks. Sophomore Quinn Taylor (Marlton, N.J.) came on in relief and retired all eight batters he faced, fanning three.

The score remained 5-2 until the ninth. With two out and no one on, Andrew LaMura (Brick, N.J.) reached on an infield hit. Price worked the count full, then fouled off four consecutive pitches before lining an opposite field home run.

The insurance runs proved important when the Buccaneers (7-9) loaded the bases without a hit off of Dan Naif (Jackson, N.J.) in the bottom of the ninth. After a pop-up and strikeout, Ryan Baldwin (Fairhaven, Mass.) forced in a run with a walk. But Naif recorded another strikeout to end the game.

Price (three RBI) and LaMura picked up two hits each. Barry committed five errors on the night and left 10 men on base.