GLASSBORO, NJ – Sixth ranked The College of New Jersey defeated 16th ranked Rowan University, 5-2 in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) game on Friday.
TCNJ improves to 13-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference. Rowan has a 13-4 record and a 1-1 NJAC mark.
Left hander Bob Buskett (PHOTO…..sr. Trenton, NJ/Notre Dame) pitched a complete game for the win. Buskett (3-0) scattered eight hits and gave up two earned runs, while striking out four batters. Lefty Joe Cichy (sr. Vineland, NJ/St. Augustine Prep) took the loss for the Profs. Cichy (1-2) went 7.1 innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs.
Lions' catcher Rich Gawlak (sr. Plainsboro, NJ/W.Windsor-Plainsboro S.) was one for two with one RBI, one run scored and a double. Shortstop Jeff Toth (jr. Parlin, NJ/Sayreville War Mem.) had one hit (four at bats), one RBI and one run scored. Left fielder Chris Esperon (so. Union, NJ/Union Catholic) recorded a double and one RBI. First baseman Bill Kropp (sr. Pottstown, PA/Owen J. Roberts), third baseman Vince Mazzaccaro (jr. Gloucester, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) and center fielder Dave Mebs (sr. Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson) each scored once.
For Rowan, second baseman Roland Rodriguez (so. Miami, FL/Miami Killian) was two for three with two runs scored. First baseman Tom Ready (jr. Blenheim, NJ/Triton Reg.) had two hits (four at bats) and one RBI. Right fielder John McMullin (jr. Woodbury, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) added two hits in four trips to the plate.
Rowan went ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Ready singled in Rodriguez, who reach base on a walk. TCNJ tied the game in the top of the third. Toth singled to center field, scoring Mebs. Rowan went up 2-1 with one run in the bottom half. Rodriguez singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. He went to third and scored on two wild pitches. The Lions took the lead for good in the top of the fourth. Gawlak led off with a double to left field and Kropp followed with a single to right. Gawlak came home on a balk and Kropp moved to second. Kropp scored from second on an error. In the fifth, Gawlak drove in Toth with a sacrifice fly. TCNJ added an insurance run in the eighth when Esperon doubled to left field, plating Mazzaccaro.
Rowan travels to Kean University for a NJAC doubleheader on Saturday, March 29 at noon. TCNJ plays a conference doubleheader at Rutgers-Newark on Saturday starting at 11:30 a.m.