Senior Tyler Terlecky (Binghamton) hit the game winning RBI with bases loaded and one out for in the bottom of the ninth for the 6-5 win over CCNY on Thursday. The tying run was scored when first year Paul Merola (Cornwall) hit a sacrifice fly to center field with bases load.
Merola finished the game 2-3 with two runs score and an RBI. Terlecky went 1-4 with three RBI and Michael Marash (Cortlandt Manor/Hendrick Hudson) was 2-4. Devin Scalabrini (Peekskill/Mahopac), Mike Sherlock (Liverpool/Cicero North) and Chris Paulicelli (Lindenhurst) each tallied one hit as the Hawks totaled eight on the day and left seven runners on base. Sophomore Brett Harrison (Merrick/Bellmore JFK) earned his second win of the season on the mound as he threw the final three innings allowing no hits and striking out two batters.
New Paltz trailed 5-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning and had only registered one hit in their last 11 appearances at the plate. Paulicelli came in to pinch hit and singled to right field to start things off. Philip Parker (Brooklyn/Xaverian) pinch ran for Paulicelli and advanced to third on a single to left center by Marash. Dan Cresci (Mahopac) walked to load the bases to set the stage for Merola’s sacrifice fly, scoring Parker. Cresci then stole second and Dylan Franco (Croton on Hudson/Croton Harmon) was intentionally walked to load the bases en route to Terlecky’s game winning RBI.
Each team scored one run in the second inning before the Hawks took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third. The Beavers answered by scoring three unearned runs in the fourth and their final run in the fifth. New Paltz tallied one run in the fifth for the 5-4 score, staging their comeback in the ninth.
The Hawks earn their second straight win and advance to 4-14 on the season. New Paltz will return to the field on Saturday when they host Plattsburgh at 12pm in a conference doubleheader.