Hempstead, NY - Hofstra rallied for five runs in the sixth inning to take a 12-8 lead and went on to post a 14-9 win over Fordham Wednesday afternoon at University Field. Kevin Flynn had the big hit in the inning, a three-run double.
The Pride improve to 20-15 on the season, while Fordham falls to 15-24.
The Pride jumped out to leads of 2-0 after one and 5-2 after two innings, but Fordham stormed back to tie it in the third with three runs and then took a 7-5 lead in the fourth with runs scoring on a double play and a wild pitch.
The Pride would score twice in the fifth to knot the score at seven as Flynn delivered a two-run single that scored Matt Ford and Jared Hammer. But the Rams tacked on an unearned run in the sixth to take an 8-7 lead. Matt DeSilva doubled with one out and went to third on an error on the play. Tim Swatek followed with an infield single that plated the go ahead run.
The lead was short-lived as Hofstra came back with a big inning in the bottom half of the frame. Taylor Stuart singled with one out and stole second. A walk to Dalton Rouleau was followed by a double by Danny Poma that tied the score at eight and put runners on second and third. After a strikeout, Hammer walked to load the bags for Kenny Jackson. The sophomore left fielder drew a walk to force in the go-ahead run and Flynn followed with a double to right that cleared the bases for a 12-8 Hofstra lead.
The Pride would add runs in the seventh and eighth, while Fordham scored on in the ninth to account for the final score.
Flynn finished 2-for-5 with five RBIs, while Rouleau had a 3-for-4 game and was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. He also scored three runs. Poma had two hits and three RBIs, including his nation's-leading 20th double of the year and his seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot in the second.
Bryan Verbitsky also homered for the Pride, a solo shot in the second.
Joe Burg (3-0) picked up the win with 3 2/3 innings of relief. He allowed four hits, one unearned run and struck out four.
Stephen McSherry had two hits and two RBIs for the Rams.
Joseph Charest took the loss to fall to 3-6 on the season. He allowed two runs on two hits in 1 1/3 innings of work.
Hofstra is back in action this Friday when it hosts James Madison at 3 p.m.