Tussey, Oliver, and Gertie provide sparks for The College of NJ as Lions sweep Rutgers University Newark
Newark, NJ – Ranked sixth in Division III, The College of New Jersey's baseball team tallied a pair of wins over Rutgers University-Newark on Saturday in Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium. TCNJ improved to 15-2 overall and 4-0 in the NJAC while riding a seven game win streak. Rutgers-Newark drops to 14-6 overall and 1-3 in the NJAC.
Photo: Mike Oliver fanned 6 in the Lions opener
Junior second baseman Adam Tussey (Brooklawn, NJ/Gloucester High School) went nine for 10 at the plate, drew two walks and scored five runs and sparked a ninth-inning rally in game two to complete the sweep.
Adam had four singles and a pair of walks to reach safely six times in opener. In game two, he added five singles in six trips to the plate to finish the day with a .917 on-base percentage.
In game two, a bases-loaded, two-out triple by senior catcher Rich Gawlak (Plainsboro, NJ/West Windsor-Plainsboro-South) tied game two at 12-12 in the top of the ninth ahead of a game-winning RBI double to centerfield by senior first baseman Bill Kropp (Pottstown, PA/Owen J. Roberts) as the Lions plated six runs to get the win.
Photo: Adam Tussey, went nine for 10 at the plate and finished the day with a .917 on base percentage
Junior third baseman Vince Mazzaccaro (Gloucester City, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) drove in eight runs to TCNJ with a home run, ad double and five RBI in the opener. Junior shortstop Jeff Toth (Parlin, NJ/Sayreville) went four for eight with two walks and three RBI on the day.
Sophomore Ryan Anzelone (Vernon Township, NJ/Vernon) added a homerun as well to pace the Lions on the day as they combined for 29 runs on the day.
Sophomore third baseman Joe Furnaguera (Springfield, NJ/Jonathan Dayton) paced Rutgers-Newark with five hits, including a pair of doubles and a home run, and five RBI in the twinbill.
In the first game, senior Mike Oliver (Crosswicks, NJ/Hamilton West) collected the win after eight innings of work with six strikeouts and is now 3-0.
In the second game, junior reliever Eric Gertie (Cinnaminson, NJ/Cinnaminson) picked up the win in relief and worked 2.1 innings in relief and held Rutgers-Newark hitless and fanned a pair of players as he improved to 2-1 on the year.
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