MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – A pinch-hit, run-scoring single in the bottom of the seventh inning by freshman Gary Lavoie (Hillsborough, NJ) lifted Felician College to a 4-3 Game 2 victory over Stonehill College and a split of the teams' non-conference baseball doubleheader on Friday afternoon at the Ripken Experience Complex. Stonehill, ranked tied for sixth in the most recent Division II East Region writers' poll and playing its 2012 season opener, won Game 1, 1-0.
Golden Falcon junior Joe Petosa (Spotswood, NJ) lined a single to right field in the bottom of the first inning of the nightcap for his 100th career base hit. He became the 18th player in the 13-year history of the Felician program to reach that milestone. Petosa went 2 for 2 before leaving with an injury.
In the scheduled seven-inning contest, Felician fell behind, 3-1, after 5 ½ innings before tying the game in the sixth on Chris Ayala's (Marlboro, NJ) RBI single and a run-scoring groundout by Korey McGuiness (Jackson, NJ). Mickey Zudonyi (Holmdel, NJ) led off the seventh with a walk, was sacrificed to second, and following a pitching change and a walk, Lavoie batted in the spot vacated by Petosa. His single up the middle plated Zudonyi with the winning run.
Felician (2-3) out-hit the Skyhawks, 10-3. Zudonyi and George Hajjar (Utica, NY) joined Petosa with two hits apiece. Reliever Brett Hauber (Deposit, NY) (1-1) got the victory in relief of Kenny Monteith (Denville, NJ), who gave up three hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts in six innings. Hauber pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Michael Magnussen (Carver, MA) hit a solo home run for Stonehill.
In Game 1, a nine-inning affair, both teams wasted scoring opportunities with Stonehill, the designated home team, stranding 11 baserunners and Felician leaving 10 men on. Skyhawk freshman Billy Horobin (Wallingford, CT) scored the eventual winning run in the fourth inning when he drew a one-out walk off of Felician senior right-hander D.J. Stinsman (Egg Harbor Township, NJ) (0-1), advanced to second base on a groundout, progressed to third on a Stinsman balk and scored on a wild pitch.
Stonehill senior right-hander Bryan Galligan (Brockton, MA) gutted through seven innings unscathed, despite allowing five hits and four walks. Felician's most frustrating stretch came when it loaded the bases with none out in the top of the fourth inning, then had runners on second and third with none out in the fifth, and came away with no runs. Jim Duff (Garden City, NJ) pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief for the Skyhawks, and Michael Von Stein (Trumbull, CT) induced a double-play grounder to earn the save.
Mike Farrell (Lincroft, NJ) was 2 for 3 with a triple for the Golden Falcons. Stinsman allowed four hits, struck out five batters and walked six in five innings.
All five of Felician's games thus far in 2012 have been against regionally-ranked opponents.