FLEMINGTON, N.J. -- Centenary (N.J.) opened Colonial States Athletic Conference play Friday with a wild 21-17 victory against Cairn.
Centenary (3-2, 1-0 CSAC) trailed 10-2 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, but plated 16 runs during a three-inning stretch to pull out the victory. The 39 combined runs scored were the third-highest total ever during a Centenary game.
The Cyclones used a five-run fourth inning to pull within 10-7. Junior Chris Kiesel got the scoring started with an RBI infield single to short. After junior Ryan Caparoni worked a bases-loaded walk to push across another run, senior Quay Mayo delivered a key two-run base hit.
Cairn answered with four runs in the top of the fifth, but Centenary rallied with five more runs during the bottom of the frame. With the bases loaded, junior shortstop Joe Forcellini produced the big blow when he sent a liner into the left-centerfield gap and sped around the bases for an inside-the-park grand slam.
The Cyclones took the lead for good during the bottom of the sixth when they sent 15 batters to the plate, scoring nine runs.
Junior catcher Dave Raifsnider and Kiesel recorded back-to-back RBI doubles and junior Nick Ortiz added a run-scoring single. Centenary was also aided by a pair of Highlander errors and three bases-loaded walks during the frame.
Forcellini went 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBI, four runs scored and three walks, while Kiesel added two hits, three runs and four runs batted in. He also walked three times.