LANTANA, Fla. – Felician College dropped both ends of its non-conference baseball doubleheader to the College of Saint Rose, 6-4 and 6-2, during the Palm Beach Challenge on Sunday evening at the Santaluces Sports Complex. Both games were seven-inning affairs. Felician (4-8) has lost five consecutive games.
In Game 1, Saint Rose (2-2) took the lead for good with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two on and two out, a dropped throw at first base allowed the Golden Knights to tie the game at 4-4. Nikko Wahl (Oakland, CA) followed with the go-ahead single. Saint Rose tacked on an insurance run in the sixth.
After a three-plus hour rain delay, Felician jumped on top with three first-inning runs. Jimmy Simpson (Biscayne Park, FL) had a run-scoring double and Kevin Whitehead (Tonawanda, NY) an RBI single in the frame. But Saint Rose came back to tie the score with a run in the bottom of the first and two more in the third off of Golden Falcon sophomore right-hander Stephen Paladino (Brooklyn, NY) (0-1). Felician went back ahead on a Mickey Zudonyi (Holmdel, NJ) sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Paladino worked five-plus innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits. Golden Knight starter Kris Barone (Gloversville, NY) settled down after the first inning, yielding four hits over five innings for the victory. Wahl drove in two runs and was one of three Saint Rose starters with two hits.
Saint Rose pitcher Nick Polsinelli (Guilderland, NY) gave up two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts in six innings and the Golden Knights broke the game open with three unearned runs in the third inning of Game 2. Saint Rose had taken the early lead on a two-run second-inning home run by Brian Maynard (Lynn, MA) off of Felician starter Brian Dudzinski (Lincroft, NJ) (0-3).
Felician received an RBI single from Korey McGuiness (Jackson, NJ) in the second inning and a run-scoring groundout by Simpson in the third. Trailing 6-2 in the fourth, the Golden Falcons loaded the bases with none out, but Polsinelli escaped without allowing a run on a fielders choice grounder, lineout and strikeout.
Maynard finished 2 for 3 and scored twice. Miguel Hidalgo (Ridgefield, NJ) tripled and scored for Felician.