Baseball falls in 14 innings to Molloy

Nic Lombardi attempts a diving catch in right-center on a frigid Sunday afternoon in Uniondale.
Nic Lombardi attempts a diving catch in right-center on a frigid Sunday afternoon in Uniondale.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The NYIT baseball team suffered a gut-wrenching 6-5 loss to Molloy in 14 innings on a frigid Sunday afternoon at the Mitchel Athletic Complex.

NYIT had claimed a 5-4 lead in the top of the frame when Ben McNeill delivered a leadoff double and ultimately scored on Ryan Kuskowski's groundout.

Ariel Taveras, who had already logged a career-high four innings of scoreless relief, then returned to the mound for the bottom half and surrendered a leadoff double to Matt Overton.

That prompted NYIT coach Bob Malvagna to summon closer Brandon Alberto. Alberto attempted to pick off Overton at second base, but the ball went into center field and beyond and Overton scampered home with the tying run.

Alberto eventually surrendered a walk-off RBI single to Joseph Nastasi later in the 14th.

NYIT nearly had grabbed a one-run lead in the 12th as well, but pinch runner Christopher Miller was thrown out at the plate on a disputed call.

Starter DJ Masuck limited the Lions to four runs (three earned) on 10 hits and one walk while striking out four in nine innings. The Bears had taken a 4-3 lead into the eighth, but Molloy evened the score in that frame.

NYIT (6-19-1, 3-13 ECC) dropped three of four games to league-leading Molloy.