LYNDHURST, N.J. – The Concordia College baseball team played in their Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship Tournament First Round game on Saturday at Felician University. The Clippers battled their way back to extend the game to extra innings, but the Golden Falcons would come away with a walk-off victory to end Concordia's run in post season play.
Felician began the game with an early 1-0 lead after scoring a lone run in the first inning as the home team added their second run in the fifth to lead 2-0. The Clippers were limited to only one hit during the first five innings as Concordia used a three-run sixth to take a 3-2 advantage. Sophomore Joseph Impeduglia (Staten Island, N.Y.) would come up to bat with the bases loaded as his double down the left field line would clear the bases to give the Clippers the one run lead on the scoreboard.
The Golden Falcons answered back in the bottom of the sixth with a pair of runs to re-gain a 4-3 lead. The lead would change hands once again in the seventh as freshman Jake Partridge (Bardonia, N.Y.) drove in a run and later scored on a balk as Concordia held the 5-4 advantage. Felician added two more runs to their total in the bottom of the inning to lead 6-5 and take a one-run advantage into the eighth.
The Clippers used their at-bats in the eighth inning to tie the score at 6-6 as sophomore Kendell Luquis (New Rochelle, N.Y.) hit a sacrifice fly to right field which allowed freshman Hermes Abreu (Bayshore, N.Y.) to come in from third base. Neither side was able to score the go-ahead run in regulation as the two teams played into extra innings.
Concordia was only able to get one runner on base in the tenth inning as the Golden Falcons would come up to bat in the home half of the inning. The Clippers recorded two quick outs, but Felician was able to get two runners on and an RBI single would allow the Golden Falcons to take the 7-6 walk-off victory.
Senior Dylan Lawrence (Queens, N.Y.) pitched 6.1 innings for Concordia in the start as he allowed four earned runs on seven hits while striking out five batters in the no-decision. Junior Raymond Rosado (Brooklyn, N.Y.) pitched the final 3.1 innings in the loss as he would allow one earned run on six hits while striking out a batter.
The Clippers (20-26, 16-16 CACC) have concluded their season for 2018. Be sure to check back to ConcordiaClippers.com for post-season awards, news, and a season wrap-up in the near future.