MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – Bentley University junior center fielder Max Troiani (Pittsford, N.Y./ Pittsford Mendon HS) had four hits, including his second leadoff homer in three games, but Barry University came from behind for a 14-9 victory over Bentley University in non-conference college baseball Sunday afternoon at Feinbloom Field.
Troiani's four hits also included a double and he drove in three runs. During the three-game opening trip to south Florida, he hit .636 with six runs scored, four RBI and a 1.273 slugging percentage.
Troiani's leadoff home run sparked a three-run first for Bentley that also included a two-run homer by senior right fielder Brandon Grover (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill HS).
After Barry countered with four runs in the bottom of the first, Bentley reclaimed the lead with a four-run second. Troiani was involved in three of the four as he plated the first two with a double to left center and scored the final run on a single by junior first baseman Ryan Berardino (Sudbury, Mass./ Lincoln-Sudbury Reg. HS).
Barry, down 8-5 heading to the bottom of the fourth, scored twice in that inning to draw to within one and three times in the fifth to go in front to stay. Three more runs in the seventh, the Buccaneers' fifth multi-run inning of the afternoon, broke the game open.
The insertion of senior Anthony Gutierrez (Weston, Fla.) into the game as Barry's third pitcher turned the game around as he shut down the Falcons. The right-hander pitched 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and a walk while striking out two.
The Buccaneer offense was powered by junior left fielder Freddie Matos (Davie, Fla.), who was 3-for-5 with four runs scored, two RBI and a double. Junior center fielder Andrew Rapoza (New Bedford, Mass.) also had a big afternoon, with three hits and four runs scored.
Bentley's 11-hit attack also included two apiece from Berardino, Grover and graduate second baseman Mike Samko (Arlington, Mass./BB&N) as the top four in the Falcon batting order were 10 of 18 with nine RBI and six runs scored.
Bentley, 0-3, will return to Florida Feb. 15-17 for a three-game series at Rollins College.