Yaphank, NY- For the second consecutive weekend, the MCLA Baseball team took the long trip to Long Island for a pair of contests. MCLA defeated Mount Saint Vincent 8-6 in the opener and then rallied past the Dolphins for a 3-2 win in the nightcap. The Trailblazers improve to 3-3 on the young season. CMSV dips to 2-2.
MCLA scored four times in the top of the first to take an early lead. Jake Ferrara started the scoring with an RBI single scoring Ben Durland. Starting pitcher William Leino drove in Christian Seariac for another run and Dillon Maxon followed with another RBI knock to increase the lead to 3-0. A squeeze bunt from Joe Toledo wrapped up the scoring for the frame and MCLA led 4-0.
The Dolphins would chip away at Leino and get three runs back over the second and third frames to cut it to just 4-3 after three. MCLA extended the lead in the fourth on Durland's two run single to make it 6-3.
In the fifth, Maxon homered to left to make it 7-3.
The Dolphins started to rally and eventually chased Leino in the fifth. The Dolphins scored a pair of runs to get within 7-5. The Trailblazers added a key insurance tally in the sixth on Austin Rachiele's solo homer to left that made it 8-5.
The Dolphins added a run in the seventh, but Max Gabrielly held them at bay to record the save.
Leino got the win tossing the first 5.1 innings. He allowed five runs and struck out 4 as he improved to 2-0 on the season.
Maxon ended with a pair of hits as did Seariac and Shawn James.
In the nightcap, CMSV scored twice off MCLA starter Ryan Ruef in the second on a two run home run for a 2-0 advantage. The MCLA offense couldn't do much over the first three innings, but began to rally in the fourth.
MCLA began their rally in the fourth. A double steal got things going as Logan Rumbolt swiped second and Ferrara came around to score on the throw to cut it to 2-1 after four.
The score remained that way until the sixth. Ferrara singled to start the frame and after an out, Maxon doubled to left putting himself and Ferrara in scoring position. After another out, Joe Toledo came up clutch delivering a two run single to give MCLA a 3-2 lead.
MCLA's Noah Matrigali kept CMSV at bay over the final two frames to secure the win. He tossed 3.1 innings in relief of Ruef to earn his first collegiate victory. He allowed just one hit.
Rachiele continued his great early season play with a 3 for 4 showing. Ferrara added two hits and scored twice for MCLA.
The Trailblazers are off until Friday when they begin their annual Florida trip.