LYNDHURST, N.J. – A tiebreaking three-run triple by Mike Martinez (Union City, N.J./Bergen Catholic) highlighted a six-run sixth-inning that allowed Felician University to earn a come-from-behind 13-10 victory in Game 1 of its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference baseball doubleheader with visiting Nyack College on Saturday evening at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex. Felician generated even more offense in Game 2 but suffered a 25-14 loss.
Nyack junior first baseman David Gauthier (Mont-Saint Hilaire, Canada/Trinidad State CC) went 7 for 10 on the day and teammate Jonathan Santiago (Toa Baja, Puerto Rico/Metropolitan University) was 6 for 7. Felician sophomore Anthony Condito (Nutley, N.J./Nutley) was a combined 5 for 8, scored five runs and drove in three.
The Golden Falcons (8-14, 2-2 CACC) needed to erase a pair of deficits to emerge victorious from the day's opening game. Felician gave up five runs in the top of the fourth inning to trail, 6-2, but scored three times home half of the fourth. The hosts then moved ahead in the fifth on Martinez's run-scoring groundout and an RBI single by Sean Downey (Elizabeth, N.J.).
A sloppy sixth by the Golden Falcons allowed the Warriors to move back in front. The first two batters were hit by pitches and advanced on a groundout. A wild pitch tied the game, and Austin Fischer (Palmbay, Fla./Wake Tech CC) grounded a single through the right side for an 8-7 Warrior edge.
Junior Jasson Corniel (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/CENAPEC) led off the Felician sixth with a single, and an errant throw on a sacrifice attempt left runners at second and third bases. Following an intentional walk, Jason Aponte (Loxahatchee, Fla./Seminole Ridge) drove in a run with a single, and Martinez followed with a blast to right field that went for three bases. Condito launched another triple, and after a walk, scored on the back end of a double steal to put the Golden Falcons on top, 13-8.
Nyack picked up two unearned runs in the eighth. Sophomore Nick Nardulli (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) worked around a one-out single in the ninth for his third save.
Felician sophomore left-hander Frank Campanelli (Brooklyn, N.Y./HSTAT) (1-0) earned his first collegiate victory. Campanelli gave up two runs (none earned) on three hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief. He struck out four Warriors and walked none. Condito was 3 for 5 and scored three runs, and Jake Gilbert (Valrico, Fla./East Bay) (two RBI) and Aponte were among five other Golden Falcons with two hits each. Danny Healey Jr. (Brookhaven, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) collected a double and Martinez drove in four runs.
Gauthier went 3 for 5 to pace Nyack (6-11-1, 2-2). Yoni Rodriguez (Miramar, Fla./Somerset Academy) was 2 for 3 with three runs scored.
Game 2 was scheduled for seven innings but lasted 33 minutes longer than its nine-inning counterpart that preceded it. The game set a record for most combined runs in a contest involving Felician, easily surpassing the 33 in a 25-8 Golden Falcon loss to Mercy College on Apr. 13, 2000, during Felician's inaugural season.
The Warriors battered eight Felician pitchers for 21 hits. Felician took a 9-6 lead by scoring eight runs in the bottom of the third inning, only to see Nyack respond with an 11-run frame in the top of the fourth. The Warriors accumulated seven hits in the big inning, and were helped by two Felician errors, a hit batsman and two walks. Santiago lined a three-run triple during the rally.
Trailing 20-10 in the middle of the fifth, Felician nearly made the game interesting again. The Golden Falcons scored four runs before a batter was retired, and had the bases loaded with one out. But reliever T.J. Lopez (Coconut Creek, Fla./Coral Springs Charter) induced a force at the plate, and Downey's line drive was snared by Fischer at shortstop.
After working two innings in the first game, Lopez pitched three scoreless frames and was credited with a save. Santiago went 5 for 6 with a double, triple, and four RBI, while Gauthier (five RBI) and Herman Alvarado (San Diego, Calif./Trinidad State CC) had four hits each.
Felician tied the school record for most runs scored in a loss, having dropped a 16-14 decision to Franklin Pierce University on Mar. 14, 2010. Healey doubled and tripled and Downey was 2 for 3 with three RBI.
The Golden Falcons travel to Norristown, Pa., for a CACC doubleheader with Chestnut Hill College on Sunday at noon. The games are a makeup from a Friday rainout.