April 5, 2014

Concordia Baseball Splits CACC Showdown with USciences

Philadelphia, Pa. - The Concordia Clippers baseball team traveled to face the University of the Sciences on Saturday afternoon at Richie Ashburn Field for a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) doubleheader. Concordia would secure a 5-3 victory in game one but the Devils would grab game two, 4-1.

In game one the Clippers would get on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning with four runs. Sophomore Vincent Capone-Froio (Yonkers, N.Y.) recorded a one out RBI double to right field as junior Mike Manganiello (Levittown, N.Y.) came in to score from second base.

The next batter would be freshman Jason Reyes (Bronx, N.Y.) as his single up the middle brought in both senior Raul Gonzalez (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Capone-Froio. Concordia's final run in the inning came off a bases loaded RBI walk by junior Cristian Fiorito (Yonkers, N.Y.). In the home half of the second inning USciences would get a run back as Concordia led 4-1 after two innings.

Both teams would go five scoreless innings until the Devils scored their second run of the afternoon in the bottom of the eighth. The Clippers would add their final run of the game in the top of the ninth after a sacrifice fly by Gonzalez brought in Fiorito. USciences would threaten with a last inning comeback but would only score one run as Concordia held on for the 5-3 victory.

Sophomore Albert Martucci (Patterson, N.Y.) picked up the win for the Clippers after he pitched 6.0 innings and allowed one run on five hits while striking out a career-high nine batters. Freshman Thomas Burke (Huntington, N.Y.) came in to pitch 2.0 innings of relief while junior Andrew Worth (Brewster, N.Y.) closed out the ninth for the save.

Game two would belong to the Devils as the home team began the scoring in the bottom of the fourth with a lone run. Concordia would tie the score in the top of the sixth inning as Fiorito scored on a wild pitch. USciences added three runs in the seventh and would not allow the Clippers to score again as Concordia dropped a 4-1 decision.

Junior Dan Karasinski (Staten Island, N.Y.) was tagged with the loss for the Clippers after allowing two earned runs on five hits while striking out three batters in 6.2 innings of work. Junior Jake Matranga (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) came in to relieve Karasinski as he pitched 1.1 innings and allowed only a walk.

Concordia (5-12, 2-6 CACC) will be back in action tomorrow after against the Devils. The two teams will play in a non-conference doubleheader back at Richie Ashburn Field at 12 p.m. Fans unable to attend can follow the action by clicking on the live stats link under the baseball team's schedule page on ConcordiaClippers.com.