Strong Starting Pitching Allows Baseball To Sweep Nyack

Matthew Facendo carried a no-hitter into the 6th inning in defeating Nyack on March 28, 2013.
Matthew Facendo carried a no-hitter into the 6th inning in defeating Nyack on March 28, 2013.

LYNDHURST, N.J. – The Felician College baseball team received strong starting pitching efforts from senior right-hander Vic Monteagudo (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard) and sophomore righty Matthew Facendo (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) in sweeping a briskly-played Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader from visiting Nyack College, 12-3 and 2-1, on Thursday afternoon at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.

Felician took control early in Game 1, plating five runs in the bottom of the first inning to supply Monteagudo (2-3) with his best run-support of the season. The Golden Falcons put their first five runners on base against Nyack sophomore righty Cole Tobin (Dover, N.H./Dover), including an RBI single by Aaron Brill (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard) and a two-run single from Scott De Jong (North Haledon, N.J./Eastern Christian). Following a sacrifice, Felician received another run-scoring single, this time from Jordan Tackett (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford), and De Jong completed the scoring when he came home on the back end of a first-and-third play.

The Golden Falcons (10-17, 3-2 CACC) tacked on single runs in the third and fourth frames, while Monteagudo kept his ledger clean until the sixth, when the Warriors reached him three times. Two Felician errors aided the scoring, which was capped by a two-run single from junior Jan-Pierre Crespo (San Juan, P.R./Academia Nuestra Senora de la Providencia).

Monteagudo worked through eight innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. He reclaimed the CACC lead in strikeouts, pushing his season total to 42. Felician then put the game away with five more runs in the bottom of the eighth, highlighted by a "double-squeeze" two-run sacrifice bunt by Ralph Caccavale (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge).

Brill finished 4 for 4 plus a sacrifice fly, scoring two runs and driving in two others. Junior Gabriel Fellin (Temple, Pa./Muhlenberg) went 3 for 5 and scored twice out of the Felician leadoff spot. Tobin (1-3) produced a line of seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits with four strikeouts in five innings, and teammate Kris Chatman (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Fort Lauderdale) was 2 for 4. All 20 base hits in the contest were singles.

In the nightcap, Felician freshman closer John Holland (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Liberty) negotiated a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the top of the ninth, yielding only one run to preserve a 2-1 victory for the hosts. Holland entered with one man on, issued a hit batsman and a walk, then induced a ground-ball double-play and struck out the final hitter for his fourth save.

The early innings saw Facendo matched in a pitchers' duel with Nyack sophomore righty Logan White (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Fort Lauderdale). The Golden Falcons dented the scoreboard first when Brill's fourth-inning sacrifice bunt was mishandled, allowing Fellin to score from second base.

Facendo, meanwhile, carried a no-hitter into the sixth before Warrior leadoff batter John Kennedy (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation lined a one-out single the opposite way to right. Kennedy stole second, but Facendo retired the side on two pop-ups.

Felician picked up a key insurance run in the seventh when Mike Farrell (Red Bank, N.J./Middletown South) drew a leadoff walk, was sacrificed to second base, and came home on a hit by Matt Caposio (Staten Island, N.Y./Poly Prep). Facendo then gave way to the Golden Falcon bullpen after giving up just one hit, striking out six and walking two.

Nyack ended up with two hits in the game, and Felician was limited to three. White (1-1) gave up one earned run on three hits with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings in the hard-luck defeat. Tobin, starting at first base, had a double for the Warriors (3-9, 0-2).

The twinbill, with both games scheduled for nine innings, was completed in 5 hours, 23 minutes.