Springfield, Mass. - March 22, 2010 - Mike Micik cracked an RBI single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Springfield College baseball team to a thrilling 4-3 win over visiting Albertus Magnus in a rainy, non-conference contest on Monday afternoon at Berry-Allen Field.
The Pride has now won four of its last five games to improve to 6-4 on the season, while the Falcons drop to 2-9 in 2010.
Albertus Magnus wasted no time scoring the first run of the game as it plated a run in the first inning. Kyle Calechman led off the game by reaching base on a Springfield error and advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt by Robert Gambardella. Erik Suraci then drove in the game’s first run as he roped a double to put the visitors up 1-0.
The Pride responded with a run in the bottom of the frame to even the game at one run apiece. Mike Corletta laced a double and moved over to third after an Albertus Magnus error by the cut -off man. Karl Quist then evened the contest as he reached on a fielder's choice, allowing Corletta to cross the dish.
SC tacked on a run in the second as another fielder's choice gave the Pride its first lead of the game. Mike Robilotto led off the frame with a single and moved into scoring position after stealing second base. A bunt single by Kyle DiFranco put runners on the corners, leading up to Mike Sirani’s RBI fielder's choice that scored Robilotto.
The Falcons Chris Dady cracked a single to lead off the second and then swiped second base to reach scoring position. Suraci came through for the Falcons once again as he hammered a double to tie the game at two.
With one out and nobody on in the sixth, first basemen Louie Nucci belted a solo homerun over the left field fence to give the Pride a 3-2 lead with three innings to play.
After two quick strikeouts to start the ninth inning, Springfield looked like it was on its way to victory right then and there. But a single from the game's lead-off batter, Calechman, and a successful stolen base paved the way for Gambardella to tie the game with a base knock to left field.
Ben Stephenson led off the bottom of the ninth by getting hit by a pitch from the hard-throwing Cullen Burnell. A wild pitch and a long fly ball off the bat of Joe Kropa put the game-winning run on third base. After two intentional walks to Corletta and Quist, Micik ended the game with a hard-hit walk-off single to right centerfield.
Both starters earned no-decisions in the game as Steve Forbes threw seven innings for the hosts, allowing two runs, one earned, while striking out four and scattering six hits. Matthew Finkenzeller tossed eight innings for the visitors, giving up three runs, two earned, while striking out a pair.
Burnell shouldered the loss as he gave up the one earned run in 1/3 of an inning. Chris Collard picked up the win in two innings of work, striking out three and giving up one earned run.
Corletta finished the game with a team-best two hits for Springfield, while Suraci paced the Falcons with a 3-for-5 performance, posting a pair of RBI.
Springfield returns to action on Wednesday afternoon when it travels north to take on Keene State for a non-conference tilt. First pitch is slated for 3:00 pm