NORRISTOWN, Pa. – A solo home run by junior first baseman Jasson Corniel (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) in the top of the seventh and final inning lifted Felician University to a 5-4 Game 2 victory and a sweep of its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference baseball doubleheader from host Chestnut Hill College on Sunday afternoon at Latshaw-McCarthy Field. On the strength of a nine-run fourth inning, Felician (10-14, 4-2 CACC) had captured the day's first game, 12-4.
Corniel, a transfer from Eastern Florida State University, combined to bat 5 for 8 on the day with two doubles and two home runs. He scored three runs and drove in three. The performance raised his season batting average from .167 to .216. The sweep gave Felician a three-games-to-one victory in its CACC season series with the Griffins.
Chestnut Hill (6-12, 1-3) erased a 3-1 deficit by scoring twice in the bottom of the fourth inning of Game 2, chasing Golden Falcon starting pitcher Will Kazura (Linwood, N.J.). Felician junior Mike Martinez (Union City, N.J.) tripled to lead off the sixth and scored one out later on a Sean Downey (Elizabeth, N.J.) single to put the visitors back on top.
CHC answered in the home half. Jared Healey (Philadelphia, Pa.) led off with a four-pitch walk. Following a pitching change, he was sacrificed to second base, and Zach Szumigala (Fairless Hills, Pa.) delivered the tying single. The Griffins loaded the bases with two outs, but Golden Falcon reliever Nick Nardulli (Staten Island, N.Y.) wriggled out of further trouble with a flyout.
Corniel began the seventh with a blast over the left-center field fence. Griffin hurler Andrew Dietz (Warrington, Pa.) retired the next three Golden Falcons, but Nardulli (1-1) worked around a leadoff hit batsman to pitch a scoreless bottom of the seventh.
Dietz gave the Griffins a complete-game effort, allowing 10 hits and one walk while striking out five. Szumigala and Luke LeBeau (Pittsfield, Mass.) collected two hits each for the hosts. Meanwhile, six of Felician's hits went for extra bases. Corniel (3 for 3, 2 RBI) added two doubles to his home run, and Martinez also homered. Downey finished 2 for 3 with a double.
After three scoreless frames, Felician broke open Game 1 with its big fourth inning. The Golden Falcons' nine runs came on seven hits, including two by Jordan Folgers (Moriches, N.Y.). Folgers opened the scoring with an RBI double and ended it with a run-scoring single. In between, the rally was highlighted by two-run singles from Anthony Condito (Nutley, N.J./Nutley) and Downey.
L.T. Struble (Hammonton, N.J.) scored on a fifth-inning wild pitch for a 10-0 Felician lead, mitigating the damage when the Griffins produced four runs in the sixth off Golden Falcon junior right-hander Alex Schwartz (Voorhees, N.J.). Felician completed the scoring on solo homers by Corniel in the seventh and Jason Aponte (Loxahatchee, Fla.) in the eighth.
Schwartz (2-1) worked through eight innings, giving up 11 hits. He struck out six Griffins, walked none and hit two. Aponte, Corniel, Downey, Folgers and Struble all picked up two hits apiece for Felician.
Due to having games rescheduled due to weather and field availability, the Golden Falcons will play their third CACC doubleheader in as many days on Monday. Felician hosts Goldey-Beacom College at 1 p.m. in Lyndhurst, N.J.