Shirley, N.Y. - The Dowling College baseball team came away with an 8-6 win over Molloy College in the first round of the East Coast Conference Championship this afternoon at Golden Lions Field.
The Golden Lions struck first with a run in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Tim Going worked a lead off walk and after freshman Kenneth Fils-Aime lined out to left, Going stole second and came in to score two batters later on a double to center by senior Michael Rizzitello.
Molloy got that run back in the top half of the second when Nicholas Gonchar reached on a Dowling error and scored on a wild pitch later in the inning.
Seven runs crossed the plate in the home half of the inning putting the Golden Lions ahead 8-1. Junior Tyler Piccolo got things going with a one out single down the left field line and senior Chris Appell was hit by a pitch putting two runners on. A ground ball to the right side by junior Rob Costanzo advanced the runners 90 feet for Tim Going who doubled off the left field fence bringing in both runs. Next batter, senior RJ Going dumped in a double to left center sending home Tim Going and moving Fils-Aime to third. After a Rizzitello walk, sophomore Robert Morse turned around the first pitch he saw and put it over the centerfield fence for a grand slam.
Molloy got back two runs in the top of the third with three hits in the inning including an RBI double to right by Angelo Navetta and an RBI single to center by Brian Murphy moving the score to 8-3.
After Dowling starter Cody McPartland retired 11 straight batters, Molloy's Kevin Podell led off the top of the eighth with a double down the left field line and a Dowling miscue allowed Angelo Navetta to reach with no outs. A groundball to the right side plated Podell and a single through the right side by Anthony Galanoudis brought home Navetta and a bases loaded hit by pitch scored Gonchar moving the score to 8-6. Leadoff hitter Deilyn Guzman smoked the ball toward the 5-6 hole, but third baseman Dan Farina, who just entered the game, laid out to his left and was able to beat Elijah Leerdam to the bag for the final out.
Podell led off the top of the ninth for the Lions with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a passed ball. Navetta laced line drive up the middle, but Dowling reliever Andrew Sesto snagged the comebacker for the first out. Sesto then got Anthony Aberghina looking before Brian Murphy grounded out the short for the final out.
Tim Going led the Golden Lions at the plate with a 2 for 4 performance with two RBI and two runs scored. Morse finished with four RBIs.
McPartland improved to 6-4 on the season allowing six runs, three earned, in seven hits with eight strikeouts. Dominic Danetti and Sesto came out of the pen to retire the final four outs.
Provided by the Dowling Sports Information Department.