Suffolk baseball wins program’s fifth GNAC title
The Suffolk University baseball team won its fifth GNAC championship – and first since 2009 – with a 4-3 walk-off win over Johnson & Wales on Sunday in Nashua, N.H.
Junior Drew Carter scored the winning run in the 13th inning on a throwing error. Carter was on second base when freshman Alec Costanza attempted a sacrifice bunt down the third base line. The third baseman’s throw was wild, allowing Carter to come around for the win in head coach Anthony Del Prete’s first season.
Junior Cal Carroll (2-0) got the win after tossing seven scoreless innings of relief.
Junior Rob Marks gave the Rams a 2-0 lead with a two-run single to left field in the first inning. Johnson & Wales junior Tom Elkow tied the score in the third with a two-run single of his own. Sophomore Lou Umberto’s RBI single gave the Wildcats a 3-2 lead in the sixth.
After Suffok’s Brady Chant doubled to lead off the seventh, he came around to score on an error to tie things at 3.
Sophomore Chuck Gibson started the game for the Rams and allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out two.
Suffolk senior Josh Desai was named GNAC tournament MVP after tossing a complete game five-hitter in a 3-2 win over St. Joseph’s on Saturday. Carroll, Chant, and Adam Johnson were named to the All-Tournament team.
Suffolk (17-17) qualified for the NCAA regional tournament which begins on May 13. It is the Rams’ fifth national tournament appearance.
NOTE: The Suffolk softball team was eliminated from the GNAC tournament with a 4-0 loss to St. Joseph’s on Saturday.