St. Joseph's baseball postseason comes to an end
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The St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn) baseball team was eliminated from the 2013 United States Collegiate Athletic Association Small College World Series, dropping a 6-1 decision to Penn State Greater Allegheny on Tuesday afternoon at historic Pullman Park in Butler, PA.

The Bears (20-15) conclude their first postseason appearance held to just two hits by No. 5 seed Penn State Greater Allegheny (30-16).

The Lions got on the board first in the bottom of the 1st on a two-out RBI single from Oliver Girma. The Bears responded in the next half inning when Joe Mendez (Staten Island/Monsignor Farrell) drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt, moved to third on a Vinny Rossi (Bayside/Holy Cross) grounder and scored on a wild pitch.

Penn State took the lead back in the bottom half of the inning, loading the bases and pushing across a solo run, but a diving stab at first by USCAA All-Academic Mike Cundari (Staten Island/St. Peter’s) flipping to starter Chris Cutrone (Levittown/Island Trees) kept the deficit at one.

The Lions broke through for four runs in the fifth, reaching Cutrone (4-7) for three hits and knocking him out of the game. The five-run deficit was too much for the Bears to overcome as they couldn’t get the bats going against USCAA Second-Team All-American Evan James (7-2), who struck out eight in the two-hitter.

Rossi and Brian Luebcke (Astoria/Monsignor McClancy) knocked the lone hits for St. Joseph’s.

In their opening game of the tournament, St. Joseph’s fell to the Briarcliffe College Bulldogs, 4-1.

The Bears were only able to muster three hits against Briarcliffe, who improved to 5-0 all-time against St. Joseph’s.

Freshman right-hander Rosario DiLorenzo (Howard Beach/Archbishop Molloy) went toe-to-toe with Bulldog starter Gavin Stewart, a USCAA First-Team All-American, in a pitchers’ duel that saw the score tied at 1-1 through five until the Bulldogs broke through for three runs in the sixth.

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