Flemington, NJ – Saturday afternoon, the Lackawanna College baseball team split a twin bill with Rockland Community College; dropping the opener 7-6 in extra innings, before taking the nightcap by a 9-3 score.
In game one, the Falcons fell behind by 5 in the first inning but bounced back with a run in the third and two in the fourth to cut the RCC lead to two. In the bottom of the forth, Rockland scored again before Lackawanna scored solo runs in the fifth, sixth and seven to tie the score in regulation. The Falcons finally fell in the bottom of the ninth when the Hawks pushed across the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Steve Boscia suffered the loss, his first of the season. He entered in the game in relief of Alex Varakas, who allowed Lackawanna to tie the score by pitching 5 innings giving up an unearned run on 2 hits while striking out 6.
The Falcons leading hitters were Vincent Napolitano and Dustin Wilcox. Napolitano had 3 hits in 5 at bats with a double and home run. Wilcox went 2 for 4 with a homer. Connor Perry struck a two bagger to continue his consecutive hitting streak to five games.
In game two, Lackawanna scored 1 run in the opening frame and 3 more in the second to give them a lead that they would never relinquish. Rockland did cut into that lead with 2 runs in the fourth and another in the fifth. However that was as close as the Hawks would get as Eli Baez held them scoreless and hitless over the remaining 2 1/3 innings while striking out 3. The Falcons scored 5 in the bottom of the sixth to put the game well out of hand. Logan Zavada was credited with the win and Baez with a save.
In the night cap, Lackawanna's top hitters were Zach Lopatka and Napolitano. Lopatka had 2 hits in 3 at bats while driving in 2, while Napolitano singled and homer in 4 plate appearances while accumulating 3 RBIs.
The Falcons return to play next Friday when they travel at Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania for nine inning contest against Penn State Schuylkill. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 PM.