POMONA, N.Y. – Felician University junior left-handed pitcher Jacob Nappi (Little Silver, N.J.) enjoyed his best start as a Golden Falcon and was backed by 11 hits as Felician defeated host Nyack College, 11-1, in the opening game of the teams' Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Palisades Credit Union Park. Nyack, however, limited the visitors to four singles in winning Game 2, 7-3.
Felician junior infielder Danny Healey Jr. (Brookhaven, Pa.) drove in four runs on the day. Golden Falcon senior infielder Bruce Strickland (Hazlet, N.J.) knocked in his 100th career run with a bases-loaded walk in Game 1. He is the ninth player in the 19-year history of the Felician baseball program to reach that milestone.
After scratching across two runs in the top of the third inning, Felician (11-19, 9-5 CACC) broke Game 1 open with a five-run fifth, knocking out Warrior starter John Bean III (Bradenton, Fla.) (0-2) and using only one base hit. Jason Aponte (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Sean Downey (Elizabeth, N.J.) had sacrifice flies in the inning, Healey was hit by a pitch to force in a run, and Carlos Bermudez (Miami, Fla.) and Strickland drew bases-loaded walks.
Nappi (2-3) made the outburst stand up. The only blemish on his line in six innings of work came on Anthony Torreullas' (Lancaster, Pa.) RBI single in the sixth. Nyack went on to load the bases, but Nappi completed his day with a three-pitch strikeout. He fanned eight batters and walked two, allowing four hits.
Felician added four runs in the eighth for the final margin, receiving two-run singles from Healey and Ron Sessa (Chester, N.J.). Golden Falcon senior Matt Diesel (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) had a double among two hits and Sessa and Aponte also collected two hits each. Healey scored two runs and drove in three.
The hosts jumped ahead early in the nightcap, plating two unearned runs in the first inning and receiving an RBI single from Herman Alvarado (San Diego, Calif.) in the second. Meanwhile, the Golden Falcon offense had trouble figuring out Nyack freshman right-hander Ben Bills (York, Pa.) (1-2).
The Warriors led 6-0 through six innings, with Bills working on a no-hitter. Diesel started the seventh with a clean single up the middle, advanced on an Aponte hit, and scored on a throwing error on Healey's grounder. Felician scored twice more in the inning on an Anthony Santoro (Freehold, N.J.) RBI single and a run-scoring fielder's choice grounder by Downey, but Nyack reliever Logan Mann (New Bloomfield, Pa.) induced a pop-up to preserve a 4-3 lead.
The Warriors broke the game open with three runs in the eight off of the Golden Falcon bullpen on a three-run double by Carlos Pino (Miami, Fla.). Mann, who had retired Felician in order in the eighth, worked around a two-out single in the ninth for his first save. Austin Fischer (Palmbay, Fla.) and Luke Kelly (Redding, Calif.) had three hits each for Nyack (11-13-1, 4-6).
Felician travels to Hockessin, Del., on Wednesday for a noon doubleheader against Goldey-Beacom College.