Steady Bullpen Allows Baseball Chance To Rally For 9-4 Win

Mat Miller was one of five solid Felician relievers during a Mar. 17, 2019, home win over Franklin Pierce. (Dave Schofield)
Mat Miller was one of five solid Felician relievers during a Mar. 17, 2019, home win over Franklin Pierce. (Dave Schofield)

LYNDHURST, N.J. – Felician University scored all its runs in its final three at-bats to earn a come-from-behind 9-4 non-conference baseball victory over visiting Franklin Pierce University on Sunday afternoon at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex. Franklin Pierce (7-9) is ranked No. 5 in the most recent NCAA Division II East Region writers' poll.

With the victory, Felician (6-11) won its three-game weekend series from the Ravens in Lyndhurst. The teams have split four 2019 meetings.

Felician junior transfer Jordan Folgers (Moriches, N.Y./St. Anthony's) had a double and a triple. He joined teammates Anthony Condito (Nutley, N.J./Nutley) and Jasson Corniel (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/CENAPEC) with multi-hit games. Junior shortstop James Boria (Massapequa, N.Y./Farmingdale) and freshman center fielder Graham Smith (Wilmington, Mass./Wilmington) were each 2 for 4 for FPU.

The Golden Falcons struggled to solve Raven freshman right-hander Danny Gracia (Wilmington, Mass./Wilmington) in the early going. The visitors build a 3-0 lead after five innings but left 10 runners on base during that time.

The Golden Falcons broke through against Gracia in the bottom of the sixth when Danny Healey Jr. (Brookhaven, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) led off with a triple and trotted home on a one-out passed ball. FPU senior Ural Forbes (Freeport, Bahamas/Paolo Prep) scored on a two-out wild pitch in the seventh to restore the three-run lead, but in the home half of the inning, Felician chased Gracia and then moved ahead for good.

With runners on second and third bases and none out, Nick Vincelli (Spotswood, N.J./Spotswood) scored on a wild pitch and a Jake Stoller (Merion Station, Pa./Lower Merion) groundout with the infield back brought in Folgers. Following a pitching change, a Raven error re-started the rally. One out later, a hit batsman and walk loaded the bases. A passed ball allowed L.T. Struble (Hammonton, N.J./Hammonton) to score the tying run, and Corniel followed by lining a single to right-center field for a 5-4 Felician lead.  

Sophomore lefty Frank Campanelli (Brooklyn, N.Y./HSTAT) pitched a scoreless eighth. The hosts then used an error, a walk, a sacrifice fly and three triples, including Condito's two-run three-bagger, to tack on four runs. Sophomore Nick Nardulli (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) retired the Ravens in order in the ninth.

Five Felician relievers combined to allow one run on four hits with three strikeouts and one walk over 5 1/3 innings. Junior transfer Diego Quinones (Bronx, N.Y./Walton) (1-0), who worked the seventh inning, was credited with the victory. Gracia scattered six hits with six strikeouts and no walks in a no-decision.

Only two of the nine runs given up by three FPU pitchers were earned.

Felician is amid an eight-game homestand. The Golden Falcons host St. Thomas Aquinas College in non-league action on Tuesday at 3 p.m.