Baseball Finishes Season With Loss to Franklin Pierce Day on Three of NCAA East Regional
MANCHESTER, N.H.- The Pace Baseball team fell in an elimination game to the Ravens of Franklin Pierce University 8-1 on day three of the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament. The Setters finish their 2013 season at 33-17 overall, their second highest win total in school history (34 wins - 2006). The Ravens improve to 34-17 and will face host Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday night.
The Ravens got on the board first as they loaded the bases in the first inning on two singles and a hit by pitch with no outs. The Setters were able to turn the rare triple play to end the inning but a run scored on the play. The first two outs were a routine shortstop to second to first put out but Pace was able catch the Franklin Pierce runner going from second to third base off third to record the final out of the inning.
Franklin Pierce added to their lead in the third on back to back singles to start the inning. Following a strikeout, the Ravens loaded the bases on a hit by pitch. Two runs came in on walks, while the third run of the inning was scored on a straight steal of home for a 4-0 Raven lead. The Ravens added three more runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh to take an 8-0 lead.
The Setters got on the board in the eighth as Charlie Galasso (West Harrison, NY/Harrison) singled with two outs and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Galasso came around to score as Brandon Martineson (Prospect, KY/Warwick) drove a double to the left-center field gap for the lone Pace run of the game.
For Pace, Martineson went 3-for-4 with two doubles with an RBI, while Galasso went 2-for-4 in the game. On the hill, Neil Pezzullo (Harwich, MA/Harwich) started, going 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on two hits, while striking out one to fall to 6-4 on the season. Josh Garran (Old Tappan, NJ/Northern Valley Regional) went three innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and struck out one. Robert Rizzitelli (Monroe, CT/Masuk) came on for 1 1/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits and struck out one. Josh Grant (Corning, NY/Corning Painted Post West) tossed one scoreless inning, allowing one hit and struck out one.