CNBNews College Baseball Report for Saint Joseph U., LaSalle, Stevens Institute of Technology, College of NJ, and Virginia Cavaliers
SJU BASEBALL POSTS 10-6 EXTRA-INNING COMEBACK WIN AT TEMPLE
Hawks Battle Back From 5-1 Deficit After Six
AMBLER, Pa. – Trailing by four runs entering the seventh, the Hawk offense responded with nine runs over the final four innings as the Saint Joseph’s baseball team defeated Temple, 10-6, in 10 innings on a cold and windy Saturday afternoon at Skip Wilson Field.
Greg Kumpel hit a two-run double in the top of the 10th before John Brue followed with his first collegiate home run to give the Hawks a pair of insurance runs.
Temple (7-11 overall, 0-2 Atlantic 10) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead for the second day in a row as David Hall lofted a two-run home run to right and Nick Lustrino added a run-scoring single off of Jordan Carter in the bottom of the second inning.
TU starter Eric Peterson held the Hawks without a hit until the fifth inning, but Saint Joseph’s (10-11 overall, 2-0 Atlantic 10) finally broke through in the top of the sixth as Kevin Kratochwill led off with an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Kratochwill came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Mike Muha.
The Owls answered right away, pushing the lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the frame on a triple by Allen Stiles and a single by Hall.
The Hawks hung a three-spot on the board in the seventh to get back within a run. With two outs and runners at the corners, Quinn Renner ripped a double to left center to score Kumpel before Kratochwill singled to right to score Anthony Cirillo and Renner, making it a 5-4 game.
A double by Derek Peterson pushed Temple’s lead to 6-4, but SJU responded with a pair in the top of the eighth. After Connor Staskey walked the bases loaded with one out, a wild pitch by Ryan Kuehn brought Chris Hueth home before Cirillo’s sacrifice fly plated Kumpel and tied the game at 6-6.
Temple threatened in the ninth, putting runners on second and third with two down, but Jimmy Yacabonis induced a groundball out of Matt Elko to send the game to extra innings.
SJU wasted no time in the extra frame as Brian O’Keefe led off with a single and Hueth followed with a double to bring Kumpel to the plate. The senior doubled to deep center, giving the Hawks their first lead of the game, before Brue launched a home run well over the fence in right field to put SJU on top, 10-6.
Yacabonis issued a one-out walk to Hall in the bottom half, but a fly ball and a grounder back to the mound ended the game.
Yacabonis earned the win, his first decision of the season, with three innings of one-hit relief. Kuehn took the loss to fall to 1-1 after allowing four runs on four hits in two and two-thirds innings.
Carter allowed four runs on four hits in five and a third, while Peterson was charged with four runs on five hits, fanning eight, in six and two-thirds.
The teams will wrap up the series on Sunday afternoon. First pitch at Skip Wilson Field is set for noon.
LaSalle Baseball Downs Fordham, 3-1; Looks For Series Sweep On Sunday
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PHILADELPHIA – The Explorer pitching staff was on top of its game on Saturday afternoon, forfeiting only five hits and one unearned run in a 3-1 victory over Fordham on Saturday afternoon at Hank DeVincent Field.
Sophomore Shane Hollman (6 IP, 0 ER) picked up his first win of the season (1-3) as La Salle improved to 6-12 (2-0 A-10) overall. Senior Pat Christensen picked up his third save of the season and his second in as many days. Fordham fell to 10-10 (0-2 A-10) with the loss.
The Explorers managed only four hits on the afternoon, but a timely two-out, two-run single off the bat of sophomore Kevin Baron (1-4) in the third gave the Explorers a 2-0 lead. Fordham added a run in the top of the eighth to slice the lead in half but La Salle pushed a run across in the bottom of the inning to open up a 3-1 lead.
Senior Dan Klem (2-4) doubled down the left field line and eventually scored when Fordham's catcher threw the ball away on an attempted steal of third base.
Christensen methodically mowed down the Rams in the ninth, striking out two, in earning his 36th career save.
The Explorers will look to make it an A-10 series sweep on Sunday afternoon. Junior Shawn O'Neill (1-2, 7.02 ERA) will make the start for the Blue and Gold and will be up against Fordham freshman Joseph Serrapica (2-0, 2.55 ERA)
Courter’s Game Two Gem Highlights Baseball Split with Franklin & Marshall
LANCASTER, Pa. (March 23, 2013) – The Stevens Institute of Technology baseball team split a pair of one-run games with Franklin & Marshall University on Saturday afternoon in Lancaster, Pa. Stevens dropped Game One, 4-3, but rebounded with a 3-2 victory in the nightcap to finish the double dip with an 8-4 overall record.
Game One: Franklin & Marshall 4, Stevens 3
In the first game of the doubleheader against the Diplomats, Stevens gave up three runs in the first two innings but answered with one of its own in the second and two more in the fourth to knot the game up at 3-3. Franklin & Marshall posted the game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth and only allowed one hit by the Ducks in the final four frames.
Sophomore Peirce Marston (Silver Spring, Md.) retired the first batter he faced in the bottom half of the first inning but walked two of the next three batters which led to both runs. A double in between the two free passes resulted in the second out after a runner was thrown out at third by sophomore Brian Hennelly (Holbrook, N.Y.). Marston then surrendered a triple to right field which brought both runs across the plate and gave the Diplomats a 2-0 edge.
Stevens responded with three straight hits to lead off the second inning to tally its first run of the contest. Senior Michael Donovan (Frisco, Texas) and freshman Jayson Yano (Foothill Ranch, Calif.) both singled to start things off, and then Hennelly stroked an RBI base hit to plate Donovan. Yano was thrown out at third after a double-steal attempt and then the next two batters were retired to wrap up the top of the second.
F&M erased the run in the bottom half of the second on a double with two outs to take a 3-1 lead.
As the fifth inning rolled around, the Ducks knotted the contest up at 3-3. Yano singled and moved up to second on an error before consecutive wild pitches brought him home. Hennelly then drew a walk and moved up to second on a groundout. With two down, sophomore Marc Calleo (Bayville, N.Y.) drove Hennelly home on a single.
In the fifth, F&M once again produced a two-out rally after a double play. The Diplomats smacked a double and then drew an intentional walk to set up a force but a single up the middle forced Marston out of the game and eventually gave F&M the Game One victory.
Sophomore Gary Boardman (Staten Island, N.Y.) entered the game and tossed 3.1 innings of hitless relief for the Ducks. Boardman allowed two walks and struck out two batters in his outing. Marston was dealt the loss in 4.2 innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and four walks. He also struck out three hitters.
Game Two: Stevens 3, F & M 2
Senior Tyler Courter (Glenwood, N.J.) scattered four hits over eight innings to earn his third victory of the season. Courter allowed a single run in the second and seventh innings and punched out 11 batters with no walks. Over the eight innings, Courter retired the side in order six times. He only faced the minimum in the second and seventh frames and struck out the side once.
Junior Dan Allen (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) earned his first save of the season with two strikeouts in the ninth. Allen also went 1-for-4 at the plate with a double and run scored.
The Ducks’ offense was held at bay for a majority of the game by F&M’s Sean Cosgriff until the seventh inning. In that frame, Stevens tallied all three of its runs in part to some shaky defense from the Diplomats. Cosgriff gave up just three hits over seven innings and struck out three more with one walk.
Allen doubled to lead off the inning and then moved up to third on a passed ball. The next two batters were retired but freshmanTyler Bush (Bristol, Conn.) kept the inning alive by reaching base on a hit by pitch. Both runners moved up on another passed ball and then Bush came into score on a throw error on a groundball by sophomore Ryan Mannello (Staten Island, N.Y.) to give the Ducks a 2-1 advantage. With Mannello standing on second base, Calleo stroked a single to right field which brought Mannello around for the third run of the inning.
The Diplomats would scratch another run in the seventh for an attempted comeback, but Courter sat down the final batter of the inning with a runner on third base.
Stevens will be back at home tomorrow for a single game against Yeshiva University at 12 p.m. The Ducks opened this season with a 13-1 victory over Yeshiva on February 20.
Complete effort leads TCNJ to sweep of Muhlenberg
Ewing, NJ … The College of New Jersey baseball team plated 27 runs and allowed just four as they swept a doubleheader from Muhlenberg College on Saturday afternoon in George Ackerman Park.
A pair steady pitching performances coupled with relentless offensive production led by senior Scott Kelly (West Windsor, NJ/West Windsor-North) and sophomore Josh Limon (Eastampton, NJ/Rancocas Valley) gave the Lions (6-7) their fifth and sixth victories of the season. They captured a 12-3 win in the opener and ran away with a 15-1 triumph in the second game. TCNJ has now won four straight contests.
The Mules, who entered the doubleheader riding a four-game winning streak, fell to 10-5 on the season.
Junior Brendan Kelly (Butler, NJ/Butler).notched his third win of the season in the first game. He limited Muhlenberg to just two runs (one earned) on seven hits and struck out seven. Freshman Steven Volpe (Cherry Hill, NJ/Eastern Regional) continues to impress as he won his second straight start. He tossed seven shutout innings, allowing six hits, and walking just one batter. Volpe has now thrown 16 scoreless innings at the onset of his collegiate career.
Scott Kelly had an outstanding day at the plate and a historic afternoon on the basepaths. He went 6-for-8 with four runs scored while driving in four. Kelly also stole four bases in the doubleheader. His second stolen base in the opening game was the 78th of his career, breaking the program record of 77 held by C.J. Rockhill ’88. Kelly is now the all-time stolen base leader.
Game 1: TCNJ 12 Muhlenberg 3
TCNJ found itself down by two runs early, but scored 12 unanswered runs en route to a 12-3 victory in the opener. The offense erupted for 13 hits, while Brendan Kelly went eight innings for his third win of the season.
Limon continued to produce as he went 3-for-5 with two runs batted in and a pair of runs scored. Scott Kelly scored three times and drove in two on three hits, and sophomore Michael Murray (Stewartsville, NJ/Phillipsburg) was a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Mules opened up a 2-0 lead in the opening frame as the first four hitters reached base on three singles and a walk. Joe Vila singled to left to drive in a run and John Muha came around to score on a miscue to take a two-run lead.
Kelly avoided any further damage by striking out the next three hitters.
Scott Kelly led off the first for the Lions with a single to right-center. He moved over to second when Mark Mari (Bayonne, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) walked and promptly stole third base. The throw from the catcher sailed into left field and Kelly dashed home to cut the deficit to 2-1.
TCNJ scored three more times in the second. Murray, sophomore Anthony Cocuzza (Absecon, NJ/St. Augustine Prep), and center field Joe Dispoto (Nutley, NJ/Nutley) all singled in the inning. Kelly delivered a run-scoring single to right as the Lions surged to a 4-2 lead.
Limon doubled and came around to score on a base hit off the bat of Michael Murphy (Staten Island, NY/Curtis). In the meantime, Brendan Kelly was in complete command of the Mules line-up. After surrendering two runs in the first, he allowed just five baserunners over the next seven frames and
Scott Kelly led off the seventh inning with a walk. On the first pitch, he took off for second base and slid in safely for the 78th time in his career. Later in the inning, Limon singled to right field to score Kelly and stretch the lead to 6-2.
The Lions tacked on three in the seventh and four in the eighth to put the game out of reach. Freshman Joseph DiLorenzo (West Orange, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) was touched for a run in the ninth as he closed out the Lions third straight win.
Vila and Muha both finished with two hits in the game. Rob Shannon suffered his first loss of the season on the mound.
Game 2: TCNJ 15 Muhlenberg 1
TCNJ’s offense scored in six of eight frames, stroking a season-high 18 hits. A trio of freshmen got things rolling in the first. Back-to-back singles in the first by Mari and Pat Roberts (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough) put runners in scoring position for Garen Turner (Hainesport, NJ/Rancocas Valley). He lined a two-out base hit to left field to stake the Lions to a 2-0 lead. A controversial call on a fielder’s choice play kept the inning alive and sophomore Anthony Cocuzza (Absecon, NJ/St. Augustine Prep) capitalized with a two-run single to right.
While TCNJ continued to increase its lead, the opening inning was all the run support Volpe would need. He retired 10 of the first 11 hitters he faced. It took the steely right-hander just 85 pitches to record 21 outs as he left the game after seven innings with a 12-0 lead.
The Lions tacked on single runs in the fourth and fifth and scored a pair on a two-run double by Kelly in the sixth. They blew the game open in the seventh with four runs in the seventh and tallied three more on six hits in the eighth.
Cocuzza finished with three hits and three RBIs in the game. Turner also contributed two hits and scored three times, and freshman John Rizzi (Long Hill, NJ/Watchung Hills) delivered a pinch-hit two-run single in the win.
The Lions return to Georger Ackerman Park on Tuesday, March 26 when they host Messiah College at 3:30 p.m.