WAYNE, N.J. (April 2, 2017) – The opening doubleheader of the New Jersey Athletic Conference baseball season was delayed a day due to rain, but when the Rutgers University-Camden baseball team was finally set for NJAC play, sophomore Ian Scheidemann (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) was ready.
Scheidemann hurled eight outstanding innings to lead the Scarlet Raptors over William Paterson University, 3-1, in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader here Sunday. In the nightcap, the Pioneers used a 13-hit attack to beat the Scarlet Raptors, 7-3.
The split leaves both teams at 1-1 in the NJAC. Rutgers-Camden is 9-8 overall, while William Paterson is 8-8-2.
Rutgers-Camden returns to action Tuesday when it hosts Neumann University in a 3:30 p.m. non-conference game.
Rutgers-Camden 3, William Paterson 1
Scheidemann worked eight innings of six-hit ball, allowing only one earned run and no walks. He struck out five as he raised his record to 2-1. Junior Carter Fichter (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield Memorial) worked the scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and striking out one, to earn his second save.
The Scarlet Raptors gave Scheidemann the lead for good with a second-inning run, sparked by a leadoff double from sophomore second baseman Chris Jones (Washington Township, NJ/Bishop Eustace Prep). He moved to third on a bunt single by senior leftfielder Doug Carter Jr. (Union, NJ/Union) and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior designated hitter Brandon Cornelius (Sicklerville, NJ/Timber Creek).
Both teams scored a run in the fourth inning, with the Raptors plating a run after a leadoff walk to Jones. He advanced on a wild pitch and an infield error and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior catcher Jon Theckston (Gloucester City, NJ/Gloucester Catholic). The Pioneers countered with a run on two hits and a squeeze bunt.
Rutgers-Camden tacked on a run in the ninth on a solo home run by Cornelius, his second homer of the season.
William Paterson 7, Rutgers-Camden 3
The Scarlet Raptors took an early 3-1 lead, aided by a two-run single in the fourth inning by Cornelius, before Paterson produced two-run frames in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings to earn the split.
A two-run single by senior first baseman Eriq Colon (Hackensack, NJ/Hackensack) helped the Pioneers tie the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. They took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth on a run-scoring wild pitch and a RBI single from junior catcher Jorge Solodkin (Short Hills, NJ/Millburn). Solodkin added a RBI single in the Pioneers' two-run eighth inning and finished the game going 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs.
Colon also added two RBIs for William Paterson to support winning pitcher Mario Danza (Monroe, NJ/Monroe Township). The junior righty, the second of three Pioneer pitchers, worked three innings of one-hit shutout relief, striking out one batter, to raise his record to 2-0. The trio of pitchers limited Rutgers-Camden to five hits.
Raptor senior starter Zach Welsher (Audubon, NJ/Audubon) took the loss, allowing nine hits and five earned runs over 5.2 innings. Welsher (1-1) walked two and struck out nine.