Felician Outlasts LIU Post in Extras, 8-7, to Stay Alive


When and Where: May 21, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Penmen Field)
#5 Felician University 8, #4 Loong Island University-LIU Post 7 (11 inn.)
LIU Post 32-20, Felician 35-14

Brennan Price delivered the game-winning RBI single in the top of the 11th as fifth-seeded Felician University outlasted fourth-seeded Long Island University-LIU Post 8-7 in 11 innings to stay alive in the NCAA East Regional Championship on Sunday at SNHU's Penmen Field.

Felician nearly opened the scoring in the top of the second, but LIU Post's defense kept the Golden Falcons at bay. Matt Kleinstein hit a one-out double down the left-field line and tried to score on a single to right center by J.R.  Meneses, but was thrown out at the plate on an 8-3-2 putout.
The Pioneers got their first hit off Felician starter Price on a one-out double down the left-field line in the bottom of the third by Sal Geraci. Still with one away, Geraci advanced to third on a wild pitch, but was left there after a foul out to first and a grounder to second.
The Golden Falcons got on the board first in the top of the fourth, scoring on a two-out RBI double to right-center by Kleinstein, his second two-bagger of the game, that scored Ronnie Grant from first.
LIU Post mounted a two-out rally in the bottom of the fourth following an infield single by Zach Fritz and a walk to Thomas Asbaty. Price regrouped and induced a ground out to second to keep the Felician lead intact.
In the top of the fifth, Felician extended its lead to 3-0 on a two-run single off the bat of Matt Diesel. Christian Hoplock started the inning with a double and Bruce Strickland singled, leaving runners at the corners with nobody out. After a wild pitch moved Strickland to second, Kurt Rissland got a grounder to a drawn-in infield, but Diesel singled right up the middle to score both runners.
Two walks and a double to the wall in left-center by Geraci loaded the bases for LIU Post in the bottom of the fifth, before Kenny Daley got the Pioneers on the board with a sacrifice fly to the track in center. A stolen base by Joe Spitaleri left runners on second and third with one out and, after a strikeout, Anthony Vaglica delivered a game-tying, two-run single through the left side. The Pioneers nearly went ahead, but Jason Polgano made a fine play at first to snag a ground ball and rob Fritz of an RBI single and end the inning.
LIU Post scratched across a run in the bottom of the sixth to take its first lead of the game, 4-3. Singles by Asbaty and Dave Brehm started the inning and an errant throw to third on a double steal went into left field, allowing Asbaty to score.
Felician took the lead back with a four-spot in the next half-inning, courtesy of two home runs. Strickland led off with a solo home run, the first of his career, that just cleared the fence in left. After the next two batters reached, Price sent a line-drive, three-run home run out to left-center to put the Golden Falcons up 7-4.
The Pioneers trimmed one run off their deficit in the bottom of the seventh on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Vaglica after Spitalieri and Daley started the inning with a single and double, respectively. LIU Post continued its rally in the eighth, scoring two more to tie it at 7-7. Asbaty walked to start the inning and scored on Brehm's triple to the wall in right-center. Two batters later, Geraci recorded his third hit of the game, singling through the left side of a drawn-in infield to plate Brehm.
The game went to extra innings tied at seven and stayed that way until the Golden Falcons broke through in the top of the 11th. Ralph Caccavale reached on an error to start the frame, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a single up the middle by Price.
John-Paul Codelia (1-2) earned his first win of the season with three-and-a-third innings of scoreless relief for the Golden Falcons. Dan Jagiello (1-3) suffered the loss, allowing an unearned run in one-and-a-third innings out of the bullpen for LIU Post.
Up Next:
Felician will take on top-seeded Southern New Hampshire University in an elimination game later in the day at 4:30 p.m.
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