Fisher baseball edges Wiedner in extras

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AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The St. John Fisher College baseball team pulled out a win over Widener University on Monday after Allen Murphy lifted a walk-off double in the 10th inning to down the Pride, 17-16, as part of the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational at Lake Myrtle Sports Complex.  With the win, Fisher moved to 3-2 on the season while Widener fell to 3-3 overall.

After yielding a run in the top of the first, Fisher fired back with three runs on two hits after Murphy crushed a three-run home run to left center to make it a two-run game going into the second inning.

Following a scoreless second, the Cardinals struck again in the bottom of the third with five more runs.  Thomas Pasquale got the inning going with a single to short and moved to third after Murphy singled up the middle.  With two on and no outs, Antony Mantova belted an RBI-single through the right side before stealing second.  Ryan Simmons followed suit with a walk before Sean Harris cracked a three-run dinger that staked the Cardinals to an 8-1 lead.

The Pride would get a run back in the top of the fourth, but Fisher countered with two runs in the home half of the fourth with Simmons and Harris each driving in a run.

Fisher put up another crooked number in the fifth inning after coming up with four more runs on three hits including a three-run double by Simmons to hold a 12-run cushion, 14-2.

Trailing by 12, Widener took advantage of the Cardinals’ pitching change with nine runs in the sixth inning and five in the seventh to come-from-behind to hold a 16-15 lead.

The game remained a one-run affair until the bottom of the ninth when the Cardinals broke through and tied the score to force extra innings.  Mantova drew a leadoff walk and moved into scoring position when Simmons singled to center.  With two one and one away, Jake Hewitt came up and lifted a sacrifice fly to left that plated Mantova and tied the game in the process.

In the 10th inning, the Pride had two on with no outs before Michael Beimel picked off the lead runner at second.  With one away, Jack Delaneygot the next hitter to ground into a double play at second to escape the jam.

In the home half of the inning, Widener got the Cardinals’ leadoff hitter to ground out before Pasquale laced a double to the gap in right center.  With the winning run at second, Murphy came up and blasted a walk-off double that sailed over the left fielder’s head as Pasquale sprinted home to give Fisher the one-run, non-conference win.

Fisher came up with 18 hits on the day with Justin Graham going 4-for-7 with two runs scored in the win.  Pasquale had three hits in four at-bats and accounted five runs scored and three walks.  Murphy finished 3-for-6 with a home run, a double and four RBI while Simmons went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in.  Harris drove in four runs overall while Stephen Edgett went 2-for-4.

Matthew Raudelunas started but did not factor in the win after the sophomore went five innings and allowed two runs (one earned) with nine strikeouts.  Delaney earned the win (1-0) after throwing 2.2 innings and allowing just one hit while recording three strikeouts.

Fisher will return to the field at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday when it takes on John Carroll at Lake Myrtle Sports Complex.

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