BOCA RATON, Fla. – American International College collected 16 base hits in its 15-6 non-conference baseball victory over Felician University on Monday afternoon on the campus of Lynn University. The Yellow Jackets and Golden Falcons were meeting for the first time since 2011.
Senior center fielder Mike Martinez (Union City, N.J.) was 2 for 3 and freshman second baseman Jake Pellecchia (Manalapan, N.J.) drove in two runs for Felician (2-8). American International junior leadoff man Angel Mendez (New Haven, Conn.) had a double and five RBI.
Felician committed six errors which led to seven unearned runs for the Yellow Jackets. AIC (2-5) survived eight of its own miscues.
Playing as the away team, the Golden Falcons jumped on top with two runs in the top of the second inning. After loading the bases with one out on two hit batsmen and a walk, Felician received consecutive RBI singles from Chris Fernandez (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Martinez. AIC threw out a second runner trying to score on the latter hit, and Yellow Jacket starting pitcher Jay Chiappetta (Trumbull, Conn.) escaped without further damage.
AIC tallied four times in the home half of the second, using a bases-loaded Ian O'Brien (Bedford, Mass.) walk and a three-run double by Mendez. But Felician reclaimed the lead with a three-run third after again filling the bags with one out. Pellecchia tied the contest with a two-run single and Syam Lafi (Fairview, N.J.) followed with a sacrifice fly.
After three consecutive two-out walks, a run-scoring hit Brandon Gaul (Allentown, N.J.) evened the score at 5-5 and chased Golden Falcon starter Ryan Kurczeski (Freehold, N.J.). Fellow righty Matty Miller (Bayside, N.Y.) entered to retire the side. The Yellow Jackets went ahead to stay by plating two runs off Miller (0-1) in the fourth on two-out RBI singles by Matt Costanza (Revere, Mass.) and Dalton Quinn (Lowell, Mass.).
Chiappetta (1-0) held the Felician offense at bay until departing after seven frames. He yielded three earned runs on five hits. AIC broke the game open with eight runs in the late innings off the Golden Falcon bullpen, including five in the seventh. Felician, meanwhile, left 11 men on base for the day.
Yellow Jacket senior Matt Krause (Spotswood, N.J.) was 3 for 6 with three runs and three RBI. Felician junior Lance Mumford (Brandon, Fla.) picked up his first collegiate hit in a pinch-hitting role in the eighth.
Felician plays at nationally-ranked Barry University on Tuesday at 6 p.m. on Barry's campus in Miami Shores.