POMONA, N.Y. – Nyack College scored all of its runs after two were out in its 5-4 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference baseball victory over visiting Felician College on Thursday afternoon at Provident Bank Park. Nyack gained a split of the teams' two-game CACC season series after falling to the Golden Falcons on Wednesday.
Felician (19-15, 11-5 CACC) is ranked No. 8 in the most recent NCAA Division II East Region writers' poll. The Golden Falcons struck out 10 times on offense on Thursday. Each team was limited to six base hits. Senior right fielder Chris Faber (Neptune, N.J.) was 3 for 4 and scored a run for Felician.
Felician erased a 4-1 deficit with three runs in the top of the seventh inning, chasing Warrior starting pitcher Matthias Westfall (Chowchilla, Calif.) in the process. The Golden Falcons loaded the bases with none out on an error, single and walk. Westfall recorded a strikeout, but Felician leadoff man Gabe Fellin (Temple, Pa.) came up with a run-scoring single to center field.
Junior right-hander Craig Jacobs (Hawthorne, N.J.) (4-3) relieved Westfall and got Aaron Brill (West Palm Beach, Fla.), the CACC's second-leading hitter, to rap a ground ball to shortstop. Fellin was forced at second base, but when the double-play attempt to first bounded into the Nyack dugout, both Faber and Jordan Tackett (Fredericksburg, Va) came home to knot the score at 4-4.
However in the home half of the seventh, Nyack leadoff batter John Kennedy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) drew a walk to start the frame. Following a pitching change, Kennedy stole second base and moved to third on Larry Vidaurre's groundout to the right side. Felician lefty Jack Fowler (Shrewsbury, N.J.) picked up a called third strike for the second out, but Kennedy scored the eventual winning run when Brent James' (Seligman, Ariz.) fly ball was dropped in the outfield.
Jacobs was credited with the victory, and freshman Zack Kamerman (Huntsville, Ala.) struck out four Golden Falcons over the final two innings to earn his first career save. Eric Roe (Arlington, Texas) was 2 for 4 and Kennedy had a double and scored twice for Nyack (17-13, 9-2).
Scott De Jong (North Haledon, N.J.), the CACC's RBI leader, drove in a run with a first-inning single for Felician.