Gasti contributes walk-off single to cap California (Pa.) rally vs. No. 10 Seton Hill
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Senior right fielder Chuck Gasti delivered a walk-off single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to help California (Pa.) rally for a 3-2 non-conference victory against No. 10 Seton Hill.
With the win, the Vulcans improved to 21-7 overall. Meanwhile, the Griffins fell to 25-8 this season.
Trailing 2-1 entering the ninth, senior third baseman Kyle Petty opened the inning with an infield single and advanced to second on an throwing error by the Seton Hall pitcher, who fielded a sacrifice bunt by senior first baseman AJ Robinson.
Sophomore Chris Mitko entered as a pinch runner for Robinson and both runners advanced into scoring position on another sacrifice bunt. Sophomore shortstop Matt Peters followed with a game-tying single to shallow right field, scoring Petty and advancing Mitko to third. Freshman left fielder Mick Fennell was then intentionally walked to load the bases with one out. With the entire infield playing in, Gasti lined a 0-1 delivery to right field that allowed Mitko to score after the Griffins' right fielder was unable to making a diving catch.
Sophomore Kyle Mann earned the win after tossing one scoreless inning of relief. Freshman starter Jack Dennis took a no-decision, despite allowing two unearned runs on six hits and no walks while pitching a career-high eight-plus innings with six strikeouts. Seton Hill's Austin Sleek (0-1) suffered the loss after yielding two runs (one earned) on three hits and one walk in just 0.1 inning of relief.
The Griffins broke a scoreless game in the fourth, capitalizing on a one-out throwing error. Following the error, Seton Hill collected back-to-back singles to load the bases before scoring runs on a sacrifice fly and single to make the game 2-0. Cal (Pa.) had two runners on base with one in the fifth before a double play ended the threat without allowing a run.
The Vulcans trimmed the deficit in the bottom of the sixth by manufacturing a run on two singles and a sacrifice bunt. Junior second baseman Derrik Zeroski started the inning with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on an RBI single by Petty down the left field line.
In the top of the ninth, the first two Griffins reached base against Dennis. Mann, who was making only his third pitching appearance of the year, tossed a wild pitch to the first batter he faced, which allowed both runners to advance into scoring position. He bounced back and registered a strikeout before inducing a shallow fly out to right field that prevented a run from scoring. Mann closed the inning without allowing a run by forcing a high pop up behind home plate.
Fennell, Peters and Peters each finished with two hits in the victory. Petty extended his hitting streak to 12 games for the Vulcans.