LYNDHURST, N.J. – St. Thomas Aquinas College scored five second-inning runs on only two base hits to break a 2-2 tie and earn an eventual 11-6 non-conference baseball victory over host Felician University on Tuesday afternoon at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.
Senior Danny Healey Jr. (Brookhaven, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) had a double and triple and scored three runs for Felician, which left 14 runners on base. The Golden Falcons were playing their final non-league game of the season. Leadoff man Andrew Jemison (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury) went 3 for 6 with two doubles and scored three times for St. Thomas Aquinas (8-8).
STAC began the top of the second with a pair of walks, and Jemison followed with an RBI single, chasing Felician starting pitcher Mat Miller (Bayside, N.Y./Cardozo) (0-1). A walk, a wild pitch and a hit batsman followed before Brian Donnelly (Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream South) made the score 5-2 with a run-scoring hit. Later in the frame, consecutive bases-loaded walks completed the scoring.
Spartan center fielder Michael Morgan (Middle Village, N.Y./Holy Cross) made an over-the-shoulder catch of a deep Mike Martinez (Union City, N.J./Bergen Catholic) drive with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the second to preserve the five-run margin. The Golden Falcons (6-12) received an RBI single from Gino Tortoriello (New Egypt, N.J./New Egypt) in the third.
STAC broke the game open with two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh for an 11-3 edge. Ten Spartan pitchers issued 14 walks and two hit batsmen, but Felician gathered only two base hits after the fourth inning and five for the day.
The Spartan offense picked up 10 hits, drew 13 walks and was hit once. Junior Angelo Baez (Bronx, N.Y./Mount Saint Michael Academy) and Morgan were each 2 for 4.
The game lasted three hours, 25 minutes.
Felician begins its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference slate when it hosts Chestnut Hill College in a doubleheader on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Lyndhurst. The contests conclude an eight-game homestand.