Baseball falls in extra innings at Molloy

Christopher Miller came within two outs of a complete-game victory on Friday.
Christopher Miller came within two outs of a complete-game victory on Friday.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The NYIT baseball team was two outs from handing Molloy its first East Coast Conference defeat on Friday.

Instead, the Bears fell 6-5 in 11 innings at the Mitchel Field Athletic Complex.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the final frame, third baseman Dominic Paolo was charged with a throwing error and the winning run scored.

NYIT had taken a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth. But with Christopher Miller bidding for a complete game, he surrendered a one-out single to Jake Saltzman. Saltzman then stole second and scored the tying run on an RBI single by Angelo Navetta.

That prompted NYIT coach Bob Malvagna to turn to the bullpen and Brandon Alberto. He ultimately stranded the bases loaded and the game headed to extra innings.

Miller was charged with five runs (four earned) on 12 hits and two walks while striking out seven in 8 1/3 innings.

NYIT had exploded for five runs in the first inning. Jake Lebel drew a bases-loaded walk, Ryan Kuskowski had a two-run double, Paolo had a run-scoring fielder's choice and Nic Lombardi had an RBI single.

The Bears dropped to 2-11 in the conference. ECC-leading Molloy improved to 13-0 in league play.