April 17, 2012

Baseball Suffers Pair Of Sloppy One-Run Losses At Dominican

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – An eighth-inning throwing error allowed Dominican (N.Y.) College to score the go-ahead run in its 4-3 Game 2 victory over visiting Felician College and earn a sweep of the teams' Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference baseball doubleheader on Tuesday evening at Veterans' Memorial Park.

The error, on a potential double-play grounder that would have kept Felician in the lead, capped a sloppy day for the visitors (18-19, 10-4 CACC). In Game 1, the Golden Falcons committed three errors, hit five batters, and uncorked two wild pitches in a 7-6 loss. Felician junior catcher Kevin Whitehead (Tonawanda, NY) went 4 for 6 on the day with a double and a triple.

Despite the setbacks, Felician remains in second place in the CACC, one-half game ahead of third-place Wilmington (Del.) University, with six league games remaining. The top two teams at season's end receive a bye out of the play-down round of the conference tournament.

In the nightcap, Felician trailed, 2-1 after six innings. But Korey McGuiness (Jackson, NJ) followed up Whitehead's double with an tying RBI single in the seventh, and George Hajjar (Utica, NY) put the Golden Falcons ahead with a two-out run-scoring hit in the eighth.

In the bottom of the eighth, Dominican loaded the bases with none out on two singles and a walk off of Golden Falcon reliever D.J. Stinsman (Egg Harbor Township, NJ) (3-4). Stinsman struck out the next hitter, then induced Christopher Gonzalez (Bronx, NY) to hit a ground ball to short. The Golden Falcons got the force at second base, but the throw to first was wild, allowing both pinch-runner Kyle Hall (Nassau, Bahamas) and Tony Blake (Windsor, CT) to cross home plate.

Charger reliever Nicholas Kevlin (Conway, NH) (1-2) retired Felician in order in the ninth on two strikeouts and a pop-up. Kevlin earned the victory with four strikeouts in two innings of one-run relief. Neither starting pitcher factored in the decision. Felician's Stephen Paladino (Brooklyn, NY) allowed two runs on five hits, struck out four batters and walked three in 6 1/3 innings. The Chargers' Anthony Pastrana (Queens, NY) was similarly effective, yielding two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks in seven innings.

Felician took a 3-1 lead with three runs in the top of the fourth inning of the day's opening game, only to cough up the advantage by allowing four tallies in the bottom of the frame. Dominican (17-20, 10-6) added two runs in the fifth for a 7-3 edge.

Golden Falcon reliever Jack Fowler (Shrewsbury, NJ) allowed one hit and struck out five in three scoreless innings, allowing the visitors to mount a comeback. Felician plated two runs in the seventh without a hit, using a hit batsman, walk, wild pitch, an RBI grounder by Jimmy Simpson (Biscayne Park, FL) and Joe Petosa's (Spotswood, NJ) sacrifice fly.

Felician missed an opportunity in the eighth, failing to bring home Hajjar after a leadoff double. The Golden Falcons picked up a run in the ninth on Simpson's sacrifice fly, but their rally fell a run short. Whitehead had a two-run triple among two hits and Simpson was 2 for 4.

Chet Godfrey (Millville, NJ) (4-4) started on the mound and was saddled with the loss for Felician after yielding seven runs (six earned) on six hits.