New Haven Baseball Pulls Away From Golden Falcons, 10-6

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L.T. Struble and Bruce Strickland combined to bat 22 for 44 and score 18 runs in Myrtle Beach. (Dave Schofield)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The University of New Haven broke open a one-run game with a four-run fifth inning and went on to a 10-6 non-conference baseball victory over Felician University on the final day of the Northeast Challenge event held at the Ripken Experience complex.

New Haven is ranked No. 3 and Felician No. 4 in the preseason NCAA Division II East Region writers' poll

Felician was limited to five hits for the game, though four went for extra bases. Golden Falcon junior infielder L.T. Struble (Hammonton, N.J.) was 2 for 4 with a double. Struble stole two bases and scored a pair of runs. Felician used eight pitchers on the day, including an emergency start on one day of rest by junior left-hander Jacob Nappi (Little Silver, N.J.) (0-2).

Playing as the visiting team, the Golden Falcons jumped out on top on a three-run home run by senior Matt Diesel (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) in the top of the first inning. But the Chargers (4-0) needed only one base it to even the score in the second. A throwing error on a sacrifice attempt plated one run, and a pair of sacrifice flies followed.

UNH took the lead for good on a solo homer by Tom Walraven (Pine Bush, N.Y.) in the third. Walraven struck again in the fifth, blasting a three-run shot to left field. The Chargers scored later in the frame on a wild pitch for an 8-3 edge.

Walraven, who scored three runs and drove in four, and Matt Chamberlain (North Branford, Conn.) each had two of the Chargers' nine hits. Jason Aponte (Loxahatchee, Fla.) drove an RBI double in the sixth for Felician (2-7).

Felician is scheduled to play its home opener on March 3, a nine-innning/seven-inning doubleheader at 2 p.m. against LIU Post at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.