Flemington, NJ - The Warriors baseball team was outlasted by local rival St. Thomas Aquinas in two hard fought games yesterday afternoon in Flemington, NJ by scores of 12-9 and 4-3. The loss drops the Warriors to 1-2 on the season.
STAC would jump ahead early in game one, capitalizing off several Warrior miscues to pull ahead 6-0 in the 2nd inning. Nyack would scratch a run across in the 3rd and 4th innings, the run in the 4th coming off an rbi single by Phil Erwin to make the score 7-2 after 4 innings. A double steal by John Kennedy and Kris Chatman created a Spartan throwing error, scoring Kennedy and putting Chatman in position to be driven in on a sac fly by T.J. Briggs to cut the deficit to 7-4.
Mike McConnell would cut the deficiit to 7-6 in the 6th inning, delivering his 1st collegiate home run over the left field wall and scoring Erwin from 2nd base. STAC would add a run in the top of the 7th to take an 8-6 lead, but Cole Tobin would knot the game in the bottom of the 7th with his first homer of the season, a two-run blast that scored Jan-Pierre Crespo.
STAC would capitalize on several Nyack miscues in the final two frames, putting up 4 runs and holding on for the 12-9 win.
John Kennedy would finish game 1 3-3 with 3 stolen bases, Phil Erwin and Eric Roe would also collect 2 hits and Briggs, Tobin & McConnell would each collect 2 rbi's. Logan White was solid for Nyack in relief, tossing 5 innings of 3 hit ball, scattering 2 runs and striking out 4 Spartans.
Nyack would jump ahead 1-0 in the top of the first, when Kennedy walked, stole 2nd and 3rd, before being driven in by Brent James to give Nyack the early lead.
The Warriors would add 2 more runs in the 4th on an rbi single off the bat of Erwin giving Nyack a 3-0 lead. The Spartans would counter in the bottom half of the inning, gaining a 4-3 advantage which they would hold for the remainder of the game. The Warriors would have difficulty getting started, mustering only 3 hits in game 2.
Bright spots in the loss were pitchers Erik Puterio, who tossed 4 strong innings and Michael Teti, who allowed just 2 hits while striking out 4 over the final 3 frames. Brent James also collected 2 hits in the loss.
Nyack will return to action next Friday afternoon, in their first contest of their Florida trip, taking on West Virginia Wesleyan at 3 PM in Fort Pierce, Florida.