LANTANA, Fla. — The NYIT baseball team is returning home for its historic East Coast Conference opener on a down note.
Matt DeAngelis delivered a pinch-hit two-run double with one out in the ninth inning to pull the Bears within a run. But DeAngelis was stranded at second base when Nick Tedesco and Joseph Pesce grounded out and the Bears wrapped up their trip to the Sunshine State with an 8-7 loss to Lynn.
NYIT went 2-3 on its trip to Florida — defeating Southern Connecticut State, splitting with Nova Southeastern, and losing to American International and Lynn.
The Bears (3-6-1) now head home for their ECC debut. NYIT, which enters the league this season, plays at LIU Post on Friday in their first-ever game as a member of the ECC.
On Monday, Lynn chased NYIT starter DJ Masuck in what became a six-run seventh that staked the Fighting Knights to an 8-5 lead.
With NYIT leading by three runs, Thursal White opened the frame with a single, Masuck plunked Luis Beltran and Ben Fagan had an RBI single. And in came Brandon Alberto with the tying runs on base and Lynn having closed to within 5-3.
Alberto, who had earned a save on Sunday at Nova Southeastern, issued a walk that loaded the bases with none out. He then surrendered a bases-clearing triple to DJ Daniels as the Fighting Knights grabbed a 6-5 lead.
Before the inning ended, Lynn's lead had swelled to three runs.
Zach Kleinwaks doubled and Ryan Kuskowski walked with one out in the ninth to set up DeAngelis' pinch-hit two-run double, but the comeback bid stalled there with consecutive groundouts to the left side of the infield.
Kleinwaks finished 3-for-5 with a double and run scored in the loss. Kuskowski was 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs, a walk and run scored.
Masuck ultimately was charged with five runs on six hits and two walks in a career-high six innings. Alberto, charged with three runs in one inning, was tagged with the loss.