MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The Felician University baseball team concluded its five-game, five-day day spring break trip to south Florida with a 3-2 non-conference loss to Adelphi University on Saturday afternoon at Feinbloom Field on the campus of Barry University.
Adelphi (3-1) is ranked tied for ninth in the most recent NCAA Division II East Region writers' poll.
Adelphi, the designated home team, earned the victory in the bottom of the ninth inning. A two-out pinch-hit single by Michael Cattani (Warwick, N.Y.) plated pinch-runner Jonathan Iadevaia (Commack, N.Y.) with the winning run.
The result wasted a strong starting pitching performance by Felician junior right-hander Alex Schwartz (Voorhees, N.J.). In a no-decision, Schwartz completed eight innings. He gave up two runs (one earned) on eight hits and struck out four Panthers without a walk.
Adelphi led, 2-0, after three innings. Senior Brandon Morse (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) reached Schwartz for an RBI single in the first, and junior Lawrence Cicileo (Milford, Pa.) hit a two-out home run in the third. Meanwhile, Panther hurler Ed Baram (Saddle Brook, N.J.) was holding the Golden Falcon offense at bay.
Felician (3-9) broke through against Baram in the sixth. L.T. Struble (Hammonton, N.J.) reached second base on a throwing error, and promptly scored on a single by freshman Jake Gilbert (Valrico, Fla.). A flyout and a double play ended the Golden Falcon threat, but Felician tied the game in the seventh off the Adelphi bullpen on consecutive singles by Jason Aponte (Loxahatchee, Fla.), Jasson Corniel (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) and Jake Stoller (Merion Station, Pa.).
The Golden Falcons turned to sophomore Michael Gutierrez (Garfield, N.J.) (1-2) to pitch the ninth. Morse drew a leadoff walk. Iadevaia entered and was moving on the pitch on a groundout, forcing Felician to get the out at first. A strikeout by Gutierrez put Felician on the verge of forcing extra frames, but Cattani slapped a base hit up the middle to bring Iadevaia around from second base and end the game.
Adelphi junior Tom Ambrosino (Staten Island, N.Y.) (1-0) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to earn the victory. Cicileo and Mores had two hits apiece. Baram struck out 10 and walked none in his six innings of work.
Corniel was 2 for 4 for Felician and Struble had a triple.
Felician plays its home opener when it entertains the University of New Haven for a pair of seven-inning games on Mar. 13 at the Lyndhurst (N.J.) Recreation Complex. First pitch for Game 1 is slated for 1 p.m.