Baseball Rallies From Nine Down Outlasting Lehman in Slugfest

Francis Rapp delivered a 2-out, bases-clearing single in the 8th that propelled the Bears to an 18-15 win.
Francis Rapp delivered a 2-out, bases-clearing single in the 8th that propelled the Bears to an 18-15 win.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Senior Francis Rapp (Baldwin, N.Y./Oceanside) delivered a two-out, bases-clearing single in the eighth to propel the St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) baseball team to an 18-15 triumph over Lehman College on Friday afternoon at American Legion Field.

Rapp finished 2-for-6 with four RBI as both teams combined for 33 runs—matching an SJC record—and 35 hits in the three-and-a-half hour affair. The Lightning led 10-1 after three and the Bears took the lead in the fifth, but fell behind in the top of the eighth and scored six runs in the bottom half with two outs for the difference. 

Senior Nicholas LoPrinzi (Howard Beach, N.Y./St. Francis Prep) became the program's leader in games started with his 151st start today.

Game Info

  • Final Score: St. Joseph's 18, Lehman 15
  • Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Field: American Legion Field
  • Records: St. Joseph's (13-17), Lehman (8-23)

How it Happened

  • SJC Starters: Linitz (CF), Pasetti (RB), LoPrinzi (1B), Condon (C), Rapp (SS), A. Camerada (DH), Schwartz (3B), Rehn (2B), M. Camerada (LF), White (P)
  • The Lightning scored five runs in the first and four in the second before the Bears got on the board with a solo run in the second on a Kevin Linitz bases-loaded single, but an inning ending double-play ended the threat.
  • Trailing 10-1 to start the bottom of the fourth, the Bears first seven batters reached successfully via walks or singles and back-to-back RBI-singles from Nicholas LoPrinzi and John Condon highlighted a six-run frame.
  • St. Joseph's picked up four more in the fifth receiving RBI singles from Connor Pasetti, Condon and Michael Camerada—Camerada's two-out single putting SJC on top for the first time, 11-10.
  • Both squads matched for solo runs in the seventh. Anthony Camerada's RBI-grounder with runners at the corners put SJC back in the lead, 12-11.
  • Despite seeing their first two batters retired in the eighth, the Lightning assembled a two-out rally and scored three runs to take their first lead of the game since the fifth.
  • But the Bears erupted for six in the home half of the inning. Back-to-back singles by Luke Rehn and M. Camerada set the table and Linitz reached on a sacrifice fielders' choice to load the bases with no outs. Pasetti opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly. Later in the frame with the bases loaded and Francis Rapp facing a full count with two out and the runners moving, Rapp punched a single to right that cleared the bases and put SJC on top for good.

Bears Highlights

  • Francis Rapp drove in four runs and finished 2-for-6 with a run scored.
  • John Condon (4-for-6) knocked four hits, including a double, and drove in a pair of runs, scoring once.
  • Anthony Camerada (1-for-3) had three RBI, two walks, and a run.
  • Nicholas LoPrinzi (3-for-4) drove in a pair, scored three times and walked twice and became the program leader in games started (151) and tied the program lead for games played (151).
  • Luke Rehn (3-for-3, 3 R, 3 BB) and Michael Camerada (3-for-5, 3 R) also assembled three-hit efforts.
  • Six different Bears assembled multi-RBI/multi-runs games. All nine starting batters knocked a hit and scored a run.
  • Vincent Juliano earned the victory on the mound to improve to 2-3.

Next Up for St. Joseph's

Seek two wins this weekend to qualify for the Skyline Conference Championships, the Bears head to Poughkeepsie tomorrow to square off with Mount Saint Mary College in a conference twin bill at Marist College starting at 12 p.m.