POMONA, N.Y. – Senior outfielder Joe Petosa (Spotswood, N.J.) picked up his 200th collegiate base hit and his head coach, Chris Langan of Hazlet, earned his 250th career win as the Felician College baseball team defeated host Nyack College, 7-5, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action Wednesday evening at Provident Bank Park. Nyack (16-13, 8-2 CACC) entered the day as the CACC's first-place team.
Felician junior pitcher Matthew Facendo (Hazlet, N.J.) secured the last four outs and was credited with his second save of the season. It was the 10th save of his Golden Falcon career, allowing him to become the school's all-time leader in that category. Chris Purguy's record of nine stood for nearly 10 years.
The game's first three innings saw a fury of scoring that saw Felician (19-14, 11-4) emerge with a 5-4 lead. The Golden Falcons went ahead for good in the top of the second, sparked by Gabriel Fellin's (Temple, Pa.) two-out bunt single. Aaron Brill (West Palm Beach, Fla.) followed with a triple to center field, then scored on Scott De Jong's (North Haledon, N.J.) hit for a 3-2 edge for the visitors.
Petosa reached the 200-hit plateau with a single through the right side in the fourth. He is the fifth Golden Falcon to attain that milestone in the 15-year history of the program. Petosa was caught stealing, however, to end the frame
Starting pitchers John Holland (Jackson, N.J.) for Felician and Nyack's Cole Tobin (Dover, N.H.) settled down in the middle innings. The Golden Falcons would chase Tobin (6-3), however, after Brennan Price's (Middlesex, N.J.) leadoff double and an RBI single by Jay Collazo (Wall, N.J.) to start the seventh. Collazo scored later in the frame on a fielding error.
Holland (4-3) gutted his way through seven innings to win his third consecutive start. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits, struck out seven batters and walked four. Warrior leadoff man John Kennedy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) created a run in the eighth when he reached on a wild pitch after striking out, scurried to third base on a single and continued home when the throw from the outfield was mishandled.
Facendo entered with the tying run at the plate but induced a groundout to allow his team to head into the final inning ahead by two. In the bottom of the ninth, he worked around a two-out Felician error to retire the side and hand Langan the milestone victory. Langan is 250-275 in 11 seasons, including 132-100 in CACC play.
Price finished 3 for 5 and scored twice as the Golden Falcons out-hit Nyack, 12-8. Brill had two hits and two RBI, and Fellin a double among two hits with two runs. Tobin struck out seven batters and gave up five earned runs in six-plus frames, and was also 2 for 4 with an RBI at the plate. Kennedy scored three times and Larry Vidaurre (Arlington, Texas) had two hits and two runs scored for the Warriors