STANDISH, Maine – A pair of one-run losses ended the year for the Johnson & Wales University baseball team. The Wildcats started Saturday by dropping a 7-6 decision to the top seed Suffolk. Saint Joseph's College eliminated JWU with a 3-2 win.
Johnson & Wales: 24-18
Colby Greenhalgh got Johnson & Wales on the board in the bottom of the first against SJC with his two-run home run.
The Monks got runs in the second and sixth innings to tie the game at 2-2. Joey Murphy's sacrifice fly scored Chris Gerossie in the top of the eighth with the winning run.
Kyle Cutler was saddled with the loss as he gave up three runs, two earned, on sixth hits.
JWU nearly pulled off an upset of the top seed Suffolk in its first game of the day. Aidan Hagarty gave the Wildcats the lead in the second inning with a three-run home run.
The Rams got four runs in the fifth, but JWU responded with two in the sixth to regain the lead. Hagarty scored on Vin Amalfitano's single then Rob Ballinger crossed the plate on a Raimiel Rodriguez sacrifice fly.
Unfortunately, Suffolk picked up three runs in the bottom of the eighth to get the victory. Tim Lombardi homered in the top of the ninth and Kevin Duffy followed with a single, but he was stranded to end the game.
Head coach John LaRose will lose four seniors off this year's team, but should have another contender in 2019.