Fox's First Career Homer Highlights Spartan's Season Finale

Fox's First Career Homer Highlights Spartan's Season Finale

Grove City, PA – The D'Youville baseball team wrapped up their 2016 season with back-to-back losses to the Grove City Wolverines Tuesday afternoon, falling 5-0 in game one and 19-8 in game two.

The Spartans were held scoreless in game on, but Eric Simoncelli (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) led the team with two hits batting leadoff. Five other D'Youville players recorded a hit as well. Pitchers Kevin Kabacinski (Buffalo, NY/St. Joe's) and Will Pack (Pendleton, NY/Starpoint) each pitched three innings, combining for three strikeouts and nine hits surrendered.

Game two of the day saw an influx of runs from each team. Grove City build a solid lead in the first several innings, taking a 12-0 lead after five innings. However, D'Youville would answer back in a big way in the top of the sixth.

Following a walk to Travis Macrides (Manlius, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) with one out, the bases were loaded in the next two at-bats. Matt Critelli (Camden, NY/Camden) then came to bat and was walked, giving the Spartans their first run of the game.

Pitcher Dan Fox (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) then pinch hit and turned on a pitch, sending it out of the park. Fox's grand slam was the first home run of his career in just his 10th career at-bat.  Following Fox's homer, D'Youville once again loaded the bases.

Khaled Numan-Ali (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) and Dylan Haak (Depew, NY/Depew) each singled with a Simoncelli walk in the middle for three runners on base. Thomas Brummer (Amherst, NY/St. Joe's) then singled, driving in Numan-Ali to make the game 12-6.

Two batters later, Kabacinski would come up and single, scoring Simoncelli. An error on the play would also allow Haak to score, making the game 12-8. Despite the Spartan's eight-run inning, the Wolverines would score seven runs in bottom of the sixth to extend their lead to 19-8.

Critelli would get on with a single in the bottom of the seventh and would be pinch ran for by Brian Grabiec (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale). Grabiec would put down a tough slide in attempt to break up a double-play, but Grove City would get out of the inning and take the game by the final of 19-8.

Kabacinski and Numan-Ali each had two hits in the game. Seven different players had a hit, with Fox's grand slam accounting for a team high four RBI. Critelli had a team high three walks, with Macrides earning two.

Brian Mattina-Chmiel (Orchard Park, NY/Canisius) pitched three innings, followed by Steve Vik (Hopkins, SC/Lower Richland), Tyler Goodridge (Lockport, NY/Lockport) and Haak with one each. Goodridge had three strikeouts with Sean Corp (Cicero, NY/Cicero-North Syracuse) made his second appearance of the season.

Following last week's record setting performances, Eric Simoncelli also recorded his 100th career hit on Wednesday. He is the school's all-time hit leader and the only player in program history with 100 hits.