Syracuse, NY| The St. Joseph's College (L.I.) baseball team saw its 2018 season come to an end on Saturday afternoon when it suffered a 9-7 defeat to #9 SUNY Cortland at the NCAA New York Regional.
The Skyline Conference champion Golden Eagles wrap the year with a 27-18 overall mark. The Red Dragons improve to 34-11 and face Baldwin Wallace in Saturday's nightcap.
Senior PJ Martino (4-2) got the start for the Golden Eagles and allowed three earned runs on four hits in 2.0 innings of action. Junior Anthony Caminiti (2 ER) and senior Nick Clemente (1 ER) tossed 1.0 innings each and junior Nick Mannarino struck out three and allowed two earned runs in 5.0 innings.
After going up 3-0 in the second inning, Cortland opened up a 7-0 lead with a four-run fourth, effectively putting SJC in an early hole.
With their backs against the wall, the Golden Eagles posted three runs in the bottom of the fourth (7-3). Junior Anthony Raucci (0-for-4) scored Paul Britt (4-for-5) with a sac fly to right before junior Daniel Campanelli (2-for-4) brought sophomore Tyler Sanderson (2-for-4) and senior Dylan Piscitelli (1-for-2) home with a two-RBI single.
SJC chipped another run off Cortland's lead in the fifth when Kyle Naugle walked in Britt from third (7-4).
A two-run homer off the bat of Marcos Perivolaris (2-for-4) in the top of the sixth put the Red Dragons up 9-4, but a two-run seventh--scoring courtesy of Piscitelli's sac fly and senior Matthew Burnett's (1-for-3) RBI double--again made it a three-run game (9-6) heading to the ninth.
Britt's solo shot in the final frame cut the lead to two runs (9-7), but SJC was thwarted thereafter. Britt, a Cortland transfer, scored four times in the contest.
For the second time in three seasons, the Golden Eagles post a 1-2 record at an NCAA Regional tournament. Head coach Rick Garrett has guided the program to two Skyline Conference championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances in his first five seasons at the helm.