Gallagher's 4.2 innings of relief allow Rensselaer to rally past Farmingdale St.
AUBURN, N.Y. -- Junior Tim Gallagher pitched 4.2 innings of one-hit relief to lead the Rensselaer to a 6-5 come-from-behind victory against Farmingdale State in Ithaca regional play at Falcon Park. With the win, the Engineers improved to 30-14 overall, while the Rams concluded their season with a 29-15 record.
Farmingdale scored a run in the top of the first, taking advantage of two RPI errors. Senior Ron Remi brought classmate David Zilnicki home from third with a ground out to second to make it 1-0.
The Rams added a second run in the third, once again without the benefit of a hit, as senior catcher Eric Wiener reached on an error and later scored on a ground out by Zilnicki.
RPI drew even at two in the bottom of the fourth thanks to an RBI double off the bat of junior Al Mersman and a run-scoring single by freshman Nick Annunziata.
Farmingdale ended RPI sophomore starting pitcher Jared Jensen's no-hit bid with one out in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Weiner. The Rams went on to score two more runs in the frame on a bases-loaded single from sophomore shortstop Anthony Alvino to take a 5-2 lead.
The Engineers drew to within 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore Tim LeSuer led off the inning by drawing a walk. Classmate Shane Matthews then grounded to second, but the ball was bobbled and he was able to reach safely. After a sac bunt moved runners to second and third with one out, Mersman walked to load the bases in front of Annunziata, who once again came through with an RBI single. Sophomore Nick Palmiero drove a sac fly to right for the second run of the inning.
RPI put runners on first and third with two outs in the seventh, but couldn't scratch across the tying run. Following a 1-2-3 top of the eighth, the Engineers plated two in the bottom of the frame to take their first and only lead of the game.
Mersman and Annunziata led off the inning with back-to-back singles, before Palmiero dropped down a sac bunt to move both runners up. Freshman Chris Holomakoff then walked on four pitches to load the bases. Sophomore Tyler Listing followed with a walk to tie the game at five. Junior Andrew Kalish then lifted a fly ball to right that was caught on a dive by Farmingdale senior Terrence Bohonan. Annunziata trotted home from third for the eventual game-winning run.
Gallagher picked up his fifth win of the season, allowing just one hit. He struck out five and walked one. Jensen allowed five runs (three earned) on three hits in 4.1 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Mersman finished 3-for-3 with two runs and one RBI. Annunziata was 3-for-4 with a run and two RBIs.