Rain-Shortened Loss Ends Baseball's Florida Trip

LAKE WORTH, Fla. -- Despite a 4 for 4 performance from junior outfielder Joe Petosa (Spotswood, NJ), the Felician College baseball team lost a non-conference contest to St. Thomas Aquinas College, 9-5, on Sunday afternoon at Dick Brown Park. The game was halted due to rain in the bottom of the eighth inning with Felician batting with two runners on base and one out.

The loss ended Felician's spring break trip to south Florida with a record of 1-8. The Golden Falcons, 5-12 overall, play their home opener on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Lincoln (Pa.) University at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex. St. Thomas Aquinas (7-4) improved to 3-0 on its Florida swing with three games remaining.

Petosa doubled, scored two runs and drove in another in raising his batting average to .415, fifth-best in the CACC. Felician freshman Lou Testone (Manlius, NY) drove in three runs in his first career start, and sophomore Korey McGuiness (Jackson, NJ) went 2 for 2 and was on base four times.

Leadoff man Frank Salerno (New City, NY) scored four runs and stole five bases for STAC. Salerno had a single, three walks and was hit by a pitch. Spartan sophomore Nick D'Angelo (Mt. Sinai, NY) (1-1) was credited with the victory after pitching 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Felician took a 2-1 lead on Testone's two-run single in the bottom of the second inning, but STAC went ahead for good with three runs in the top of the third off of Golden Falcons starter Brian Dudzinski (Lincroft, NJ) (0-4). Dudzinski, who earned a two-inning save the previous day, gave up four runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings.

The Spartans tacked on a run in the fourth and two in the fifth off of the Felician bullpen. The Golden Falcons cut their deficit to 7-4 in the fifth when Petosa scored on a wild pitch and Testone drew a bases-loaded walk. But the Spartans continued to add on, posting single runs in the seventh and eighth. Petosa had an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth before the rains came.

George Wargo (West Haverstraw, NY) drove in two runs for STAC and was one of five Spartans with a pair of hits. STAC outhit the Golden Falcons 13-8.

Even with being halted eight outs short of completion, the game lasted three hours, 17 minutes. Along with the 21 hits, the teams combined for 14 walks, five hit batsmen, nine stolen bases, and four wild pitches.