Baseball Behind Early, Strands 11, In Loss To Stonehill

Baseball left-handed swing from behind
Matt Diesel drove in two runs and tied Felician's career triples record on Mar. 7, 2018. (Dave Schofield)

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Felician University fell behind, 5-1, after three innings of its eventual 11-5 non-conference, neutral-site baseball loss to Stonehill College on Wednesday morning on the campus of Lynn University. Stonehill (6-3) is ranked No. 6 in the most recent NCAA Division II East Region writers' poll.

Junior second baseman L.T. Struble (Hammonton, N.J.) and sophomore designated hitter Rahul Prince (Pomona, N.Y.) each had a double among three hits for Felician (2-10). The Golden Falcons collected 12 base hits and drew six walks and a hit batsman, but left 11 runners on base.

The game was interrupted by a two hour, three minute, weather delay during the top of the fifth inning.

Felician, playing as the visiting team, took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI triple by senior Matt Diesel (Massapequa Park, N.Y.). The three-bagger was the 19th of Diesel's career, tying him with Joe Petosa (2010-14) for the Golden Falcons' all-time record. Felician, however, had two runners picked off in the inning and settled for the one-run edge.

Felician's lead was short-lived, as Stonehill senior Tyler Carey (Raynham, Mass.) reached Golden Falcon junior left-hander Jacob Nappi (Little Silver, N.J.) (0-3) for a one-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the first. The Skyhawks added three unearned runs on just one hit in the third.

Diesel had just grounded out to score a run in the fifth, to pull the Golden Falcons to within 5-2, when the game was halted. Neither starting pitcher survived the delay, and when play resumed, Stonehill reliever Chris Murphy (Swampscott, Mass.) escaped a second-and-third, one-out jam without further damage.

An RBI single by Prince in the sixth made the score 5-3. But the Skyhawks put the game away with a six-run bottom of the sixth, garnering six hits off of three Felician hurlers. A three-run home run by junior Harrison Sabo (Wilton, Conn.) capped the rally.

Junior third baseman William Kelleher (Mansfield, Mass.) was 3 for 4 with a double for Stonehill.

Felician was beginning a stretch of five games in a four-day spring break trip to south Florida. The Golden Falcons play a true road game against Palm Beach Atlantic University on Thursday at 6 p.m. in West Palm Beach.