When and Where: May 20, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Penmen Field)
Score: #5 Felician University 7, #2 University of New Haven 1
Records: Felician 34-14, New Haven 31-13
Fifth-seeded Felician University posted three runs in both the third and fourth innings, and John Holland made it stand up with his complete-game effort, as it defeated the second-seeded University of New Haven, 7-1, in an NCAA East Regional Championship elimination game Saturday at Southern New Hampshire University's Penmen Field.
New Haven scored the first run of the game in the top of the first without the benefit of a hit, as it drew three walks in the inning and used a Nick Perrelli sacrifice fly to center to grab the early 1-0 lead.
Felician hung a three-spot in the bottom of the third, highlighted by Matt Diesel's two-out, two-run single through the left side. Brennan Price added a run-scoring double to left later in the frame to make it 3-1.
Matt Kleinstein nudged the lead to 4-1 in the fourth with an RBI single down the line in right to knock New Haven starter Vincent Aprea from the game. Following a costly throwing error that brought in a run on Devon DiMascio, who entered in relief of Aprea, Ralph Caccavale made it a 6-1 game with a perfectly-placed RBI bunt single toward the third base line.
Kleinstein's RBI double to left-center pushed the lead to 7-1 in the fifth.
Holland went the distance, allowing just one run on five hits, striking out six and walking four, in nine innings.
Aprea gave up five runs – three earned – on five hits in three-and-a-third innings, striking out three and walking four.
Caccavale finished 3-for-3 with a walk, RBI and a run scored, while Bruce Strickland went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Kleinstein (walk, RBI, run), Christian Hoplock (RBI, run), Ronnie Grant (walk) and J.R. Meneses (run) were all 1-for-3. Diesel (walk, two RBI, run) and Price (RBI) each went 1-for-4.
Matt Chamberlain (walk, run), Perrelli (RBI), Jack Zagaja (walk) and Robert Petrillo were all 1-for-3 for New Haven.
Felician will now take on fourth-seeded Long Island University-LIU Post on Sunday at 12 p.m. in another elimination contest, while New Haven becomes the third team eliminated from the Championship.
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