The Susan Wagner baseball team trailed throughout most of Wednesday's game against host McKee/Staten Island Tech, but when the last inning came around, the Falcons rose to the occasion.
The game was tied at 2-2 heading into the top of the seventh inning, but SW scored six runs on five hits to record an 8-2 victory.
"It's a good win because we were playing good baseball in the preseason," said coach Donato Pesce. "We've been getting a lot of hits, but we really haven't been getting hits with runners in scoring position. It has really been our problem and it was good to see in the seventh inning it call came together and we strung some hits together, had some good at-bats and we put up six runs which we need because for the most part our pitching is going to keep us in the game."
The Falcons (2-1) host MSIT Friday at 4 p.m.
"We can't take anything for granted," said Pesce. "We don't want to come out flat, we have to throw strikes and just keep putting the bat on the ball and good things will happen."
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Prior to the seventh inning, SW never had the lead, but pitcher Sean Malamud kept his team in the game. The senior pitched 6.1 innings, allowed two runs on two hits while striking out seven batters and walking two.
"He really mixes his pitches well between his breaking ball and his fastball," said Pesce. "He has a good fastball; sometimes he maybe relies too much on his fastball, but he really changed speeds well and he kept them off-balance."
Malamud had a solid game at the plate as well as he went 2 for 4 with two singles and two runs scored. In the sixth inning, he scored on a throwing error from the pitcher to tie the game at 2-2.
After tying the game at 2-2, Nicholas Vilardi kicked off the rally with a single, Jared Nusser followed with a hit-by-pitch and Shendi Ulaj had a single. Vilardi went 2 for 3 with two singles and an RBI and Ulaj finished the game with two singles.
With the bases loaded, John Esposito grounded into a fielder's choice, but Vilardi scored on a throwing error. Nusser scored on a passed ball and Mychal Mondone ripped a two-RBI single to right field. The Falcons scored their final two runs on a walk and hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded.
"They're a gritty bunch," said Pesce. "They're gutsy and they're a fun bunch they don't get down they have good spirits and they know there's always going to be a chance to win so they don't quit."
The Seagulls' starting pitcher Dylan Andrews pitched six innings allowing two runs on four hits and struck out five batters.