Strong Pitching Performance Lifts Suffolk over Falcons 4-2
WEST HAVEN, Conn. (April 14, 2012) – A stellar pitching performance from Suffolk's Josh Desai led to a 4-2 victory for the Rams over the Albertus Magnus baseball team in game one of its Saturday afternoon double-header at Quigley Stadium.
Suffolk used a four-hit fourth inning to score three runs en route to its GNAC victory. The win improved the Rams to 11-16-1 on the year and 5-3 in GNAC play. The loss moved the Falcons to 7-17 overall and 3-6 in the league standings.
A hit batter in the first inning was the only base runner for Suffolk until Jake Cintolo registered the Rams' first hit of the game with a single to left in the fourth inning. Cintolo advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt before scoring on an RBI single from J.C. Collette. A double by Chris Stanley put two Rams in scoring position before Jack Sullivan registered a two-RBI double to left to give Suffolk a 3-0 lead.
A four-pitch walk by Robert Gambardella (North Haven, Conn.) in the second inning gave the Falcons their only base runner until the fifth inning. Albertus scored its first run of the game on a fielder's choice ground out by Nick Sedia (Bronx, N.Y.) as Anthony Pellegrino (Branford, Conn.) crossed home plate.
Suffolk loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the seventh and scored just one run on an RBI groundout.
Jon Almonte (New York, N.Y.) singled with one out to begin the Falcons' late-inning rally. Sedia battled from being down in the count at 0-2 to earning his fourth walk of the season. After Almonte was picked off trying to advance to third, Fanol Prevalla (Berlin, Conn.) reached on a throwing error to first as Sedia scored on the play.
Freshman Mike Barillaro (Meriden, Conn.) made his seventh start of the mound for the Falcons this season as he took the loss, dropping to 1-4 on the year. Barillaro threw seven innings and gave up five hits and four runs, while striking out four batters.
Suffolk's Josh Desai picked up his first win of the season as he threw all seven innings, while giving up just two hits in the contest.
Falcons Cruise to an 11-4 Win Over Suffolk
Kyle Calechman (North Haven, Conn.) went 2-for-3 with three RBI as the Albertus Magnus baseball team cruised to an 11-1 victory over Suffolk at Quigley Stadium in West Haven. With the Albertus win, the Falcons and Rams split their Saturday afternoon double-header.
Albertus (8-17, 4-6 GNAC) scored six runs in the second inning to pave the way to its fourth GNAC victory of the season. Jim Stanley (North Haven, Conn.) made his fifth start on the year as he went 5.1 innings, while allowing five hits and four runs scored. He struck out four and walked four batters as well. With the win, the junior improved to 3-1 on the year from the hill.
The Falcons loaded the bases in the bottom of the second inning as back-to-back singles and a walk with no outs set Albertus up for a six-run frame. After a groundout to second from Jon Almonte (New York, N.Y.) plated the Falcons' first run of the contest, a bases clearing single by Nick Sedia (Bronx, N.Y.) gave the Falcons a 3-0 lead.
After two errors by the Rams' defense put runners on first and second with two outs for the Falcons, Kyle Calechman (North Haven, Conn.) recorded his 30thhit of the season with an RBI single to give Albertus a 4-0 advantage. The Falcons added two more runs as an RBI single to center from Malcolm Mendez (New York, N.Y.) plated both runners.
Suffolk scored its first run of the contest in the top of the sixth as Mike Cunningham scored on an RBI single up the middle by Dan Belanger. Cunningham recorded a two-out double to right to get into scoring position for the Rams before scoring.
The Falcons added two more runs in the fourth inning as they picked up three hits led by a Calechman RBI double that scored Patrick Dornfried (Berlin, Conn.) from first. Mendez followed with an RBI single through the left side of the infield that scored Calechman from second as he was the Falcons' eighth run of the contest.
Albertus scored two more runs in the fifth as Fanol Prevalla (Berlin, Conn.) tallied an RBI single to left to plate Zak Sokolis (Meriden, Conn.) from third. With one out in the inning, Patrick Dornfried (Berlin, Conn.) was hit by a pitch for the first time this season to load the bases for Calechman. The senior, who entered the contest batting .423 with runners in scoring position, registered his third RBI of the contest with a sacrifice fly to left field, giving the Falcons a 10-1 lead. Sedia added a sacrifice fly in the sixth to give the Falcons 11 runs.
Sedia took the hill with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth inning and threw 1.2 innings of work for the Falcons to close out the game. It was just his second appearance on the hill for the freshman as he moved to the mound from third base.
Jhonneris Mendez went three innings in his fifth start of the year. The junior gave up six runs on six hits along with two walks as he fell to 3-3 on the year with the loss.
Sedia finished the contest with one hit and three RBI, while Anthony Pellegrino (Branford, Conn.) and Mendez added two hits apiece. Mendez added three RBI for the Falcons as well.
The Falcons will host Emerson on Sunday afternoon in a GNAC double-header beginning at noon at Quigley Stadium.
(Recaps courtesy of Albertus Magnus College Sports Information)