MARCH 30, 2008
KING'S BASEBALL TEAM RALLIES PAST FDU FOR 8-6
-- Matt Colgan, Ryan Knowles
and Matt Fignar delivered three consecutive RBI doubles in the
eighth inning as the King's College baseball team posted an 8-6
comeback victory over visiting FDU-Florham Sunday at Betzler
With the win, King's improved to 8-9 overall and 4-5 in Freedom
Conference games. FDU, meanwhile, fell to 8-8 and 3-3.
FDU broke open a scoreless game with a three-run sixth inning on
the strength of a two-run single by D.J. Hannah.
The Monarchs would respond with five runs in the bottom half of
the inning, thanks to an infield RBI single by Jon Venarchick, a
clutch three-run double from pinch hitter Sean Rooney, and an
FDU error to take a 5-3 advantage.
The lead would be short-lived, however, as the Devils scored
three runs in the seventh inning, two coming off a Monarch
error to recapture a 6-5 lead.
In the decisive eighth inning, Pat McGlynn led off with a single
and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Unger. Colgan
would follow with an RBI double down the left field line to tie
the score at 6-6. Knowles then followed with a run-scoring
double to left centerfield to give the Monarchs a 7-6 lead.
Fignar would then step to the plate and ripped King's third
straight triple down the left field line to score Knowles to
push the score to 8-6.
In the ninth inning, Monarch relief pitcher Mark Yankowski would
register three straight put-outs, including a strikeout to end
Colgan, Jon Venarchick, and Matt Livoy led the Monarchs' 12-hit
attack with two base hits each.
Matt VanStone (1-0) was the winning pitcher for King's, pitching
one-third of an inning in the eighth. Yankowski earned his
second save of the season. King's starter J.T. Levonick threw
four scoreless innings, allowing three hits with five strikeouts
and two walks before leaving the game.
FDU managed seven hits from seven different hitters. Bill
Buckless was the losing pitcher in relief, allowing all three
runs in the eighth inning.
King's will next host the University of Scranton Tuesday at 4:00
p.m. at Betzler Fields.