Baseball Topped By Molloy To End Southern Swing

Baseball coach near dugout
(Photo by Dave Schofield)

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – Molloy College battered six Felician University pitchers for 17 base hits in its 13-4 non-conference baseball victory over the Golden Falcons on Saturday afternoon at Feinbloom Field. The loss ended Felician's five-game-in-four-day spring break trip to South Florida.

Sophomore left fielder Jake Saltzman (Old Bethpage, N.Y.) went 3 for 6 with home run and three runs batted in and senior right fielder Elijah Leerdam (Jamaica, N.Y.) had three hits and scored three times to pace the Molloy offense. Senior third baseman Bruce Strickland (Hazlet, N.J.) stroked a double among two hits for the Golden Falcons (2-14).

Molloy (5-7), playing as the visiting team, jumped on top with five runs in the top of the first inning. The Lions picked up six hits in the frame, highlighted by a two-run double by Matt Overton (Smithtown, N.Y.) and a two-run home run from Nick Marino (Plainview, N.Y.)

Felician climbed back into contention by scoring four times in the home half of the first, despite having two runners erased on the basepaths. After Matt Diesel's (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) RBI single put runners at the corners, L.T. Struble (Hammonton, N.J.) scored when Diesel was thrown out attempting to steal second base. The Golden Falcons re-started the rally, and Jason Aponte (Loxahatchee, Fla.) produced an RBI triple before scoring on Sean Downey's (Elizabeth, N.J.) hit.

Molloy senior right-hander Kevin Hiss (Merrick, N.Y.) (3-0) and two relievers kept the Golden Falcons off of the scoreboard for the rest of the day. Hiss allowed nine hits over seven innings with two strikeouts and three walks, as Felician stranded 10 total baserunners.

Another Overton two-run double in the fourth extended Molloy's lead to 7-4. Lion sophomore Sean Hogan (East Meadow, N.Y.) lined a run-scoring single in the sixth, and his team tacked on five runs off the Felician bullpen in the ninth.

Overton finished 2 for 5 with four RBI. Struble and Diesel joined Strickland with two hits each for Felician.

Felician has lost eight consecutive games, its longest such streak since Mar. 6-23, 2013. The Golden Falcons have a week off before opening 2018 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action with a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Mar. 18 against Dominican (N.Y.) College in Pomona, N.Y.