By David Spiegel
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA – After rallying to tie the game at three in the top of the eighth inning, the SUNY New Paltz baseball team (1-2) allowed the eventual winning run in the bottom half of the inning to fall, 4-3, to Rutgers University-Camden (2-1), in their final contest of the Ty Cobb Classic on Sunday.
Sophomore relief pitcher Brian Solomon suffered the loss after allowing the winning run on a blooper to left. Solomon tossed two innings, allowing one run while striking out four.
Rutgers-Camden reliever John Waters earned the win, allowing one unearned run and striking out three in 2.2 innings of relief.
The Hawks kicked off the scoring in the top of the first after senior center fielder Matt Carr walked, moved up to third on a pair of errors, and scored on senior third baseman Matt Prescia’s groundout to short.
Rutgers-Camden tied the game in the home half of the first on right fielder Adrian Gonzalez’s RBI double. He then came around to score as first baseman Dave Prager reached first on an error. Prager eventually scored as well on third baseman John Santilli’s RBI double to give Rutgers-Camden a 3-1 lead.
The Hawks cut the deficit in half in the third when Carr scored on another groundout to short, this time by senior first baseman Thomas Pinnola.
Waters entered the game for Rutgers-Camden in the top of the seventh, eventually allowing an unearned run in the top of the eighth, which tied the game for the Hawks. An error by Waters allowed junior shortstop Steven Morse to reach base and advance all the way to third, scoring Prescia in the process. The game did not stay tied for long, as shortstop Joe Sigismondi doubled in catcher Nicco Esgro to left to take the lead.
Senior Michael Pinnola did not receive a decision in his first outing of the season. He went six innings, allowing one earned run (three total) on seven hits while striking out four. Paul Walters went 6.1 innings for Rutgers-Camden, allowing one earned run (two total) and striking out two batters.
Carr went 0-for-3, but walked and scored twice while also swiping his first bag of the season.
Gonzalez led Rutgers-Camden, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Prager and left fielder Bruce Monro also scored runs for Rutgers-Camden, while Santilli and Sigismondi batted in the other two runs.