GARDEN CITY, N.Y. — The magical ride continued for the Franklin Pierce baseball team Thursday. On the first day of the NCAA Championship East Regional, the No. 8 seeded Ravens upset No. 1 seed and nationally-ranked Adelphi, 4-3, at Bonomo Field.
Franklin Pierce (29-22) advances into the winner’s bracket; it was scheduled to play No. 5 seed NYIT today at 9 a.m.
The Ravens led the host Panthers (34-8-1) for most of the game, but Adelphi made things interesting in the ninth inning. An error by second baseman Carmine Giordano kept the inning alive, and two runs scored on a fielder’s choice by Lucas Terwilliger and a single up the middle by Tim O’Connor.
The Panthers had the tying run on third, but Franklin Pierce left-handed reliever Evan Glew (two innings, four hits, two strikeouts) got Jack Ryan to fly out to right for the final out, earning the save.
The Ravens took the lead in the second on a two-run double to right center by Jonel Ozuna, which drove in Ural Forbes and John Mead. Terwilliger got Adelphi on the board with an RBI single to left in the fourth, but that would be the only run the Panthers would manage against Franklin Pierce starter Derek Duffy.
Duffy went seven innings, giving up six hits and one walk while striking out six to earn the win. He improved his season record to 6-2.
Joel Lara scored a pair of unearned runs to give the Ravens some insurance, thanks to some unusual mistakes by Northeast-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year Ed Baram (6.2 innings, four hits, three walks, 10 strikeouts).
First, Lara scored in the fifth inning when Brad Roberto reached first on a throwing error by Baram. Then in the seventh, Lara came in on a wild pitch by Baram (on a pitch that, coincidentally, also walked Roberto).
This was only the second loss at home for the Panthers this season, but also the second in a row, after they fell to Southern Connecticut State in another upset in the first round of the NE10 Tournament.