NORTH ADAMS, Mass.
– With the bases loaded and one out with the game even at 2-2 in the bottom of the 11th inning, Miami redshirt freshman Julian Santos drilled a hard-hit single up the middle, scoring Charlie Law (Rutgers) from third base and handing North Adams a 3-2, extra-inning victory over visiting Sanford to round out an exciting July 4th celebration at Joe Wolfe Field.
The SteepleCats (13-8) did had rallied with a run in the bottom of the eighth to tie the score at 2-all and had the winning run aboard in the bottom of the ninth and tenth innings before breaking through in the eleventh. Meanwhile, the Mainers (5-13) fell for the second-straight game, as North Adams swept the two-game season series with the dramatic victory tonight.
Santos finished the game with a side-high three hits, going 3-for-5 with an RBI. Law also added two hits with a run scored, while Bryan Soloman (Eastern Kentucky) launched a solo home run in the bottom of the second for his first long ball in a SteepleCat uniform.
Sanford, meanwhile, finished with seven hits, as Anthony Hajjar added three of them in a 3-for-5 performance during which he also drove in one run. Ino Patron also knocked in two base hits and scored a run for the Mainers.
Both starting pitchers performed admirably but both took no decisions, as Tyler Badamo (Dowling) fired seven effective innings while limiting the Mainers to five hits over that span. The righty struck out a season-high nine batters while walking only one. Sanford’s Rohn Pierce finished with a run allowed over six innings, striking out eight and walking one.
The game then turned to both sides’ respective bullpens, as both Brian Hunter (Hartford) and Matt Longfield (Villanova) combined for 2 2/3 innings, as the former yielded the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth before the SteepleCats rallied to tie it later in the eighth. Hunter walked one over an inning of action, while Longfield struck out two and walked one over 1 1/3 frames.
Tom Bammann (Dowling) picked up the win in relief, pitching 1 2/3 innings while working around a hit with one strikeout during that span. Charlie Haslup took the loss, allowing the winning run in the bottom of the 11th and finished with two hits, two strikeouts and two walks over 1 1/3 frames.
With the score tied at 1-1, the Mainers took a 2-1 advantage in the run in the top of the eighth before Tyler Palmer (Miami) knocked in the tying run in the bottom of the frame on a double.
The SteepleCats took an early lead on Soloman’s first homer of the year – a solo shot bomb to right center – before the Mainers drew even with a score in the top of the fourth.
The SteepleCats conclude their five-game homestand tomorrow, July 5, when they welcome the Vermont Mountaineers in a key