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Former Crusader, Chris Mentrasti Leads Hofstra to win over James Madison

Posted Sunday, April 22, 2007 by Hofstra News
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Harrisonburg, VA --
Sophomore second baseman Chris Mentrasti (Hartsdale, NY - pictured) reached on a fielder's choice in the top of the ninth that sent freshman pinch runner John Kenny (Franklin Square, NY) home for the winning run to give the Hofstra Baseball team a 10-9 victory over James Madison on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Pride breaks a five-game losing streak and improves to 14-26 (7-12 CAA), while the Dukes drop to 14-25 (6-12 CAA).

In the bottom of the first, James Madison tallied the first two runs of the game with a two-run homer from sophomore designated hitter Lee Bujakowski. With both teams sharing four hits in the first four innings, Hofstra broke through with a three-run rally in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead. Freshman third baseman Matt Prokopowicz (Massapequa, NY) led off with a single up the middle and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from junior first baseman Felix Adamkiewicz (Commack, NY). After James Madison starter Justin Wood walked sophomore centerfielder Nick Panzarella (Three Bridges, NJ), Mentrasti singled to bring in Prokopowicz and put the Pride on the scoreboard 2-1. Junior catcher Tom Caltabiano singled to center field allowing Panzarella to cross home plate to tie the game up at two. Mentrasti finished up the inning by scoring the Pride's third run after senior left fielder Patrick Rogers (Centereach, NY) reached first base on an error by Duke senior shortstop Dave Stoneburner.

In the bottom of the fifth with no outs, junior right fielder Kellen Kulbacki sent a three-run home run over the right field fence on a 3-2 pitch to give James Madison the lead back at 5-3. In the sixth, senior designated hitter Andy Campana (Piscataway, NJ) hit a double to left field to get into scoring position. A double from Adamkiewicz sent Campana home to bring the Pride within 5-4. Mentrasti and senior right fielder Dave Cole (Teaneck, NJ) both hit RBI singles to close out the scoring for the sixth inning with Hofstra leading 6-5.

In the seventh inning, Campana and Prokopowicz both hit RBI singles to right field to extend Hofstra's lead to 8-5. Panzarella grounded out to second base, allowing Campana to make the score 9-5. Prokopowicz went 2-for-4 with one RBI, one run scored and one walk, and Campana went 2-for-4 with one RBI two runs scored and also walked once.

The Pride lost its lead as the Dukes tied it up at nine in the bottom of the eighth. Mike Fabiaschi sent a 1-2 pitch from Hofstra's senior starter Charlie Frago (Cromwell, CT) to deep center field for a triple. Left fielder Mitchell Moses doubled to score Fabiaschi, closing the Pride's lead to 9-6. Matt Browning singled to left field with two runners on base, scoring Moses, and Stoneburner doubled for two runs to knot the score 9-9.

Starting off the ninth inning, Adamkiewicz reach first base on an error credited to Duke third baseman Joe Lake. After Kenny came in to run for Adamkiewicz, Panzarella also reached on an error by Lake. With no outs, Mentrasti reached first on a fielder's choice to score Kenny and break the tie. Mentrasti led the Pride going 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored for the afternoon.

The Dukes could not complete a comeback, after Moses flied out to Cole leaving the tying run on third to end the game. Stoneburner led James Madison going 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Senior Will DeVito (Hicksville, NY) improved his record to 2-1, allowing two hits, zero runs and walks, pitching 1.1 innings of relief. Frago allowed nine hits, nine runs (eight earned) over 7.2 innings. Senior Jacob Cook (4-4) took the loss for the Dukes, allowing two hits over two innings and one run in the ninth inning.

The Pride and Dukes conclude the Colonial Athletic Association series tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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