Fiato's long ball not enough as baseball falls to Midshipmen

Frank Valentino was chased in the fifth inning Friday.
Frank Valentino was chased in the fifth inning Friday.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Frank Valentino allowed 10 runs in 4 1/3 innings and the NYIT baseball team lost the opener of a four-game series to Navy, 10-5, Friday afternoon.

Robert Fiato's three-run homer in the fifth plated Louis Mele and Joe Fusco as the Bears briefly grabbed a 5-3 lead. However, Navy chased Valentino while posting seven runs in the bottom of the frame. The final three runs charged to Valentino scored after he departed with the bases loaded and Timothy Milligan entered the game.

Fiato finished 2-for-4 and scored twice. Anthony Martelli contributed a two-run single for NYIT, which drops to 2-10.

Matthew Bartnik and Zachary White combined to contribute 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings in the defeat. White, a product of Shoreham-Wading River High School, handled the eighth inning in his collegiate debut and allowed one hit.

The teams continue their series with a noon doubleheader Saturday in Annapolis. Right-handers Matt Diaz and Elias Martinez are due to start for NYIT.