Valori goes 3-for-6
FORT MYERS, Fla. – A two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 13th inning turned a 5-4 deficit into a 6-5 victory for SUNY Fredonia over McDaniel at the Gene Cusic Classic in non-conference baseball action on Sunday.
Nick Valori (Sewell, N.J./Washington Twp.) led a 14-hit attack for the Green Terror (2-6) with a 3-for-6 day.
Kenny Johnson led the Blue Devils (4-3) with a 3-for-6 day of his own, part of a 13-hit day for Fredonia.
Trailing 5-4, Scott Schuster was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the 13th inning.
Matt Casilo followed with a single to led to put runners at the corners before a fielder's choice cut down the runner at the plate for the first out.
A Dan Cecilla walk loaded the bases before a lineout to left field gave McDaniel two outs.
Conner Lorenzo followed, taking the first pitch he saw to center field to score two runs for the win.
Valori led off the second inning with a single before stealing second and taking third on a Cameron Bahr (Southampton, N.J./Seneca) single.
A PJ Anderson (Falls Church, Va./George Mason) base knock plated Valori for a 1-0 lead.
Valori drew a walk to lead off the fourth inning before stealing second.
Walks to Marshall Betts (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) and Joe Fiore (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Beach) loaded the bases with one out before Chad Nazelrod (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) drew a bases-loaded two-out walk for a 2-0 lead.
Five singles in the bottom of the fourth, including a two-one shot from Casillo keyed a four-run frame to give the Blue Devils a 4-2 advantage.
With one out in the top of the ninth, Nazelrod reached on an infield single. After he took second on a groundout and third on a wild pitch, Drew Phillips (Sherwood, Md./St. Michael's) drove a one-out single to pull the Green Terror within one.
After a walk to Marty Windisch (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley), Valori singled home Phillips to tie the game.
A two-out error in the top of the 13th allowed Windisch to reach base before Valori and Betts strung together back-to-back hits for a 5-4 advantage.
Windisch, Bahr and Fiore each had two hits for McDaniel.
Jack Dowd (Friendship, Md./Bishop McNamara) went 7 1/3 innings in relief on the mound, striking out six.
The Green Terror returns to action against SUNY Plattsburgh in Fort Myers, Fla., on Monday. Game time is 7 p.m.