PROVIDENCE, RI – A four-run lead in the ninth inning was almost not enough for the Johnson & Wales University baseball to pick up its fifth win in its last six games. The Wildcats scored four runs in the seventh and eighth innings to defeat Bridgewater State, 8-7, on Friday.
Bridgewater State: 6-8
Johnson & Wales: 9-6
After Reed Pike tied the game at 2-2 with the first home run of his career in the third inning, JWU freshman Joe Maracic (Syosset, NY) drove in his second and third runs with a double in the bottom of the frame.
Bridgewater State answered again with two runs in the top of the fifth, but JWU pulled ahead by scoring four runs in its next two at-bats. Left fielder Armani Henderson (Johnston, RI) hit doubles in the seventh and eighth innings as the Wildcats took an 8-4 lead. Henderson and Maracic were two of four Wildcats to pick up multiple hits along with Dave Matthews (Newtown, Conn.) and Lou Umberto (Cranston, RI).
Thanks to a pair of JWU errors, the Bears rallied to score a trio of runs in the top of the ninth. Tyler Morini's single scored Matt Levasseur then Ryan Feeney crossed the plate on a fielding error. Feeney led BSU with three hits and scored twice. Morini and Ryan Kelleher also had a pair of hits.
Junior Mike Davlos (New Milford, Conn.) threw three innings in relief of starter Ryan Depatie (Pawtucket RI) to pick up the victory. Josh Mousseau (Woonsocket, RI) tossed the final two innings to get his first save. Bridgewater State's Jacob Robbins was saddled with the loss.
The Wildcats get back into conference action on Saturday when they host Rivier for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.