BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The Concordia College baseball team earned a split against Wilmington (Del.) University on Saturday afternoon at Clipper Baseball Field as Concordia took game one, 6-4, but fell in the nightcap, 22-2, in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) showdown.
The Wildcats scored a lone run in their first at-bats as the Clippers responded with a run of their own in the home half of the first as sophomore Peter Lawless (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) hit a RBI single to score freshman Jake Partridge (Bardonia, N.Y.). Wilmington would add two runs in the third and another run in the fourth as Concordia trailed 4-1. The Clippers would get to within two in the bottom of the fifth as sophomore Kendell Luquis (New Rochelle, N.Y.) hit a solo home run down the right field line, his first in his collegiate career.
In the eighth inning Concordia recorded four runs, all with two outs, to take a 6-4 advantage. Junior Andre Jackson (Massapequa, N.Y.) and sophomore Joseph Impeduglia (Staten Island, N.Y.) both recorded RBIs while Luquis hit a two-RBI single with the bases loaded to bring home to go-ahead runs. The Wildcats were unable to tie or take the lead in their final at-bats as the Clippers held on for the 6-4 come-from-behind victory.
Sophomore Enrico Locaseio (Staten Island, N.Y.) pitched 4.0 innings in the no-decision for Concordia as he allowed three earned runs on two hits while striking out a batter. Sophomore Jacob Bannon (Glendale, N.Y.) pitched the final 5.0 innings for his first collegiate win as he allowed just one hit and struck out two batters.
Game two had Wilmington score 13 runs in the first three innings as the Clippers struggled to keep the visitors off the scoreboard. The Wildcats scored runs in every inning except the eighth as Concordia's two runs would come in the fifth with RBIs from senior Joseph Davide (West Hempstead, N.Y.) and junior John Calabrese (Lodi, N.J.).
Sophomore Michael Romano (Yonkers, N.Y.) was tagged with the loss for the Clippers as he allowed four earned runs on eight hits while striking out a batter in 2.0 innings. The bullpen allowed 10 earned runs on 16 hits while striking out seven batters in the remaining 7.0 innings.
Concordia (14-15, 10-6 CACC) will next travel to Caldwell University on Tuesday. First pitch of the CACC North Division doubleheader is set for 3 p.m. in Caldwell, N.J.