LAKELAND, Fla. – Suffolk baseball out hit Kalamazoo, 11-6, but the Hornets gloves were in the right places as they took down the Rams, 3-2, Friday afternoon.
Kalamzaoo opened the scoring in the second. After loading the bases with a walk and two singles with one out, Nate Donovan grounded into a fielder's choice driving in Connor Grant. The Hornets added a second run when Donovan was caught stealing second, but Andrew Gard made a heads up base running play and advanced home on the throw.
The Hornets kept the Rams (7-3) quiet and score their final run of the game in the top of the fourth. Gard singled up the middle and Jack Clark, who was on second, came around to score.
Suffolk's comeback attempt started in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, Brady Chant doubled down the right field line to light momentum. Rob Marks' followed with a single to left field advanced Chant to third and the senior moved to second on the throw. The Rams' cleanup hitter, Jon Lapolla, brought in Chant and Marks with a single through the left side to cut the deficit to one, 3-2.
Playing from behind the Rams chance looked good in the eighth despite two outs on the board. Kevin Higgins walked up to the plate and hit a long ball to left field that was headed right to the fences, but the Hornets' David Kracht robbed the two-run homer to close the inning.
Seth Coiley drew a walk to open Suffolk's desperation ninth inning, but Chant grounded into a double-play and Marks' flied out to center field to seal the 3-2 setback.
Chant (2-for-5, 1R), Lapolla (2-for-4) and Kevin Belskie (2-for-3) each had two hits for the Rams with Lapolla accounting for both RBI for Suffolk.
Kyle Turner hurled eight complete innings on the mound, giving up three runs on five hits and five strikeouts.
The Rams will conclude their Spring Break trip tomorrow at 9 a.m. versus Keene State.