By Brian Savard
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The State University of NY at New Paltz baseball team fell at the Ripken Experience at Griffith Field on Sunday, losing to the Catholic University of America, 7-1.
New Paltz drops to 4-5 overall with the loss. Catholic moves to 4-3 overall.
A four-run fifth inning by Catholic broke a 1-all tie, and the Cardinals tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth to come away with the win.
Sophomore left fielder Stefan Poggioli drove in the game’s first run in the third, plating sophomore second baseman Andrew Stewart with an RBI single. Catcher Tyler Bell tied the score in the fourth, pushing across sophomore center fielder Tom Dieckhoff with an RBI single of his own.
Catholic relied on a two-run single by Poggioli and a two-run triple by sophomore right fielder John Palladino to claim a 5-1 edge in the fifth, and in the ninth, freshman pinch hitter Joseph Franchi and Palladino had back-to-back RBI doubles to spell out the final score of 7-1.
Pitcher Mike Pastorino was tagged with the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits while striking out four in 4 1/3 innings of duty. Tyler Mitts provided a solid three innings of relief, scattering three hits while holding Catholic scoreless.