Felician Pitching Dominant In Sweep Of USciences

Felician Pitching Dominant In Sweep Of USciences
Brian Dudzinski allowed one hit and struck out 10 in six shutout innings on Mar. 17, 2012. (Photo by Amanda Simpson.)

LYNDHURST, N.J. – Headed by senior right-handed starters Brian Dudzinski (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) and D.J. Stinsman (Egg Harbor Township, NJ/EHT), the Felician College pitching staff limited visiting University of the Sciences to a combined three base hits in its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference baseball doubleheader sweep of the Devils, 3-1 and 5-0, on Saturday evening at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex. The games marked the 2012 CACC openers for both schools.

In Game 1, Dudzinski (1-4) allowed one hit over six shutout innings. He worked himself into trouble on occasion with four walks and four hit batsmen, but escaped damage with the help of a season-high 10 strikeouts. U-Sciences left 12 men on base, including the bases loaded in the fifth and again off of reliever Kenny Monteith (Denville, NJ/Morristown-Beard) in the seventh.

Devil starter Nick Kuklane (Kingsville, MD/Perry Hall) (1-1) matched Dudzinski zero for zero until the fifth, when Felician's George Hajjar (Utica, NY/Whitesboro) led off with a single, stole second and third bases, and scored one out later on a groundout by Korey McGuiness (Jackson, NJ/Jackson Liberty). Kuklane pitched six innings, allowing three runs on five hits with four strikeouts. 

The Golden Falcons (9-12, 2-0) extended their lead in the sixth on a two-out RBI triple by Joe Petosa (Spotswood, NJ/Spotswood). Following a walk, Felician worked a first-and-third double-steal, with Petosa swiping home for a 3-0 edge. U-Sciences's Dennis Murphy (Mullica Hill, NJ/St. Joseph's Prep) reached Monteith for a run-scoring single in the eighth to close the scoring.

Felician freshman right-hander Chet Godfrey (Millville, NJ/Millville) pitched two hitless innings to earn his first career save. Mike Farrell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) went 2 for 3 with a walk and two stolen bases for the Golden Falcons.

Stinsman and three relievers combined on a one-hit shutout in the nightcap. Stinsman (1-3) struck out six and walked four in six innings. Jay Andrews (Springfield, Australia/Hunter Sports) had an infield single for the Devils (4-6, 0-2) in the second inning. The Golden Falcons' Jack Fowler (Shrewsbury, NJ/Red Bank Regional) (2 strikeouts), Matthew Facendo (Hazlet, NJ/Raritan) (3), and Stephen Paladino (Brooklyn, NY/St. Peter's Boys) (1) tossed an inning apiece to finish the shutout.

After Mickey Zudonyi (Holmdel, NJ/Holmdel) scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the third, Felician broke the game open with four fifth-inning runs. Following an RBI single by Petosa, Farrell blasted a two-run triple to left-center field. Hajjar then plated Farrell with a sacrifice fly.

Zudonyi finished 2 for 4 and scored twice. Felician drew 12 walks in the contest to complement its six hits. For the twinbill, Golden Falcon pitching struck out 25 batters.