College Baseball/Softball Roundup: Lions Fall to Webster, Widener past Raptors, Rowan Wins, Goldey Beacom Sweeps Lincoln
Lions fall in 10th inning to Webster 6-5
Lakeland, Fla … The College of New Jersey baseball team suffered a tough setback, falling 6-5 in 10 innings to Webster University at Ted A. Broer Field on the campus of Southeastern University.
The Lions (2-5) came back from a 5-2 deficit and received strong efforts from a trio of rookie pitchers, but a walk-off single with one out by Gorlok centerfielder Cody Stevenson drove in the winning run. Webster (4-5) notched its fourth win of the season and second straight.
Senior Michael Murphy (Staten Island, NU/Staten Island Tech) stayed hot registering his third, three-hit game of the young season. Sophomore Josh Limon (Eastampton, NJ/Rancocas Valley) also singled and drove in a run is hitting at a .538 clip this spring.
TCNJ staked itself to an early 2-0 advantage with a pair of runs in the top of the first. That lead was short-lived as the Gorloks responded with four runs in the bottom of the frame. The big blow was a two-out, three-run home run to center field off the bat of Alex Kazmietrski.
Freshman right-hander Evan Edelman (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough) shook off the first inning to put forth a solid outing. After being touched for a run in the second, Edelaman tossed four straight scoreless innings. He worked out of the trouble in the fifth as Webster loaded the bases with one out. Edelman proceeded to strike out the next two hitters to escape the jam with no damage.
That enabled the Lions’ offense time to get to Gorlok starting pitcher Dylan Dean Smith. He had settled in after the first, retiring 13 straight batters. In the sixth, senior Scott Kelly (West Windsor, NJ/West Windsor-North) stroked a base hit through the middle to disrupt that run and later came around to score on a pair of Gorlak defensive miscues. Murphy then drove in junior Joe Dispoto (Nutley, NJ/Nutley) to close the gap to 5-4.
Freshman Pat Roberts (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough) pinch hit with two outs and delivered a clutch, line drive to left-center field to score Limon. That would even the score at 5-5.
Edelman set Webster down in order in the sixth and finished with three strikeouts in the game. He would not factor into the decision.
Freshman Joseph DiLorenzo (West Orange, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) pitched a scoreless seventh and struck out two. Rookie William Worswick (Mountainside, NJ/Governor Linvingston) came on in relief in the eighth with runners on first and third and nobody out. He threw over to first to keep the runner honest, and when the ball had to be blocked by Limon, the runner from third took off for home. Limon promptly picked up the ball and fired home to gun down the runner and keep the score tied.
Worswick set the Gorlok hitters down in order in the ninth. In the tenth, Webster took advantage of a pair of walks and a wild pitch to put runners at second and third. After a failed squeeze attempt, Stevenson lined a base hit to left field to end the game.
Jason Gray pitched three scoreless innings in relief for his first win of the season. Smith went seven innings, surrendered two earned runs and struck out five. Worswick suffered his first loss.
Kelly and Dispoto each singled in the game. They have both hit safely in all seven games this season.
TCNJ returns to the diamond tomorrow when they square off against Suffolk University at 1 p.m. The Rams (4-1) defeated FDU-Florham on Wednesday and have now won four straight games.
Four-run third lifts Widener past Raptors
CHESTER, Penn. (March 13, 2013) – The Widener University baseball team exploded for four runs in the third inning and went on to defeat Rutgers University-Camden, 6-2, in a non-conference game here Wednesday.
The victory lifts the Pride to 3-6, snapping a stretch in which Widener had lost four of its previous five games.
Rutgers-Camden falls to 4-3.
The Pride’s four-run third off Scarlet Raptor junior starter Dashon Jones (Newark, NJ/East Side) was aided by four hits and two walks. Senior catcher Dennis Hocker (Coral Springs, FL/Coral Springs Charter) opened the frame with a single to left field. He scored on a one-out triple down the right field line by senior third baseman Matt Hone (Newtown, PA/Council Rock North). After a wild pitch scored Hone, the Pride loaded the bases with a single and two walks. The Raptors relieved Jones with senior Adam Satanoff (Pitman, NJ/Pitman), but Widener added a pair of runs on a single by junior centerfielder Sam Christie (Upper Darby, PA/Monsignor Bonner) before the Scarlet Raptors escaped the inning.
That lead was more than enough for Widener freshman starter Shawn Barton (Minersville, PA/Minersville), who took a shutout into the sixth inning before running into trouble. Raptor senior designated hitter Donnie Haines (Carneys Point, NJ/Penns Grove) drew a leadoff walk and scored on a double to left-center by junior second baseman George Spingler (Gloucester City, NJ/Gloucester Catholic). An infield single by senior catcher Shaune Collins (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) put runners at the corners with no outs, but freshman Craig Lager (Doylestown, PA/Central Bucks East)relieved Barton and worked out of the jam with a pop up and a double play.
The Scarlet Raptors tacked on another run in the seventh, chasing Lager after a single by senior centerfielder Albert Rivera (Matawan, NJ/Matawan Regional) and a double by his former scholastic teammate, senior leftfielder Bruce Monro (Matawan, NJ/Matawan Regional). Reliever Colin Weiss (Red Hill, PA/Upper Perkiomen), however, worked out of the jam with only one run scoring on a sacrifice fly by junior rightfielder Adrian Gonzalez (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken). Weiss ended the frame with a ground out and a strikeout.
Widener restored its lead to a four-run bulge with a two-run eighth inning. With one out, Riverso was hit by a pitch and scored on a triple by sophomore shortstop Matt Scherer (Havertown, PA/Havertown). Scherer came home on a single by junior second baseman Kyle Summers (Mohnton, PA/Governor Mifflin).
Barton (1-1) collected his first collegiate win, working five innings and allowing five hits, one walk and one earned run. He struck out two.
Scherer and Hocker both collected two hits for the Pride.
Jones (0-2) took the loss, working 2-2/3 innings and allowing five hits, four walks and four earned runs. He struck out three. Satanoff worked 5-1/3 innings of three-hit ball, allowing two earned runs while striking out five.
Senior first baseman Dave Prager (Deptford, NJ/Deptford) went 2-for-5 to lead the Scarlet Raptors’ eight-hit attack. Gonzalez and Rivera each had one hit to stretch their season-opening hitting streaks to seven and six games, respectively. Freshman shortstop Joe Sigismondi (Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) went 0-for-2 and was hit by a pitch to snap his career-opening hitting streak at six games.
Collins went 1-for-1 and also reached base twice as a hit batsman and once on a walk.
Rutgers-Camden hosts Penn State-Abington Friday at 3 p.m.
ROWAN BASEBALL WINS 10-5 AGAINST PENN STATE ABINGTON
GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University baseball team won, 10-5 against Penn State Abington on Wednesday afternoon.
The Profs are 6-1 overall and the Nittany Lions have a 4-10 record. Prior to the game, Rowan decided to platoon its pitchers and the innings were predetermined. Right-hander Mark Behar (sr. Staten Island, NJ/Tottenville) was the winning pitcher. He (1-0) threw two innings, scattered four hits and gave up one earned run. Righty Daniel Hill (sr. Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill W.) took the loss. Hill also produced two hits (four at bats) and one RBI.
Right fielder/first baseman Sean Kelly (sr. North Bergen, NJ/North Bergen) led the Profs with four hits (five at bats), three RBIs, a double and one run scored. Center fielder Eric Perez (jr. Fords, NJ/Woodbridge) contributed with a double, two RBIs and one run scored. Third baseman Kevin McMenamin (so. Maple Shade, NJ/Maple Shade) and left fielder Scott Bruno (jr. Middletown, NJMiddletown S.) each added one hit, one RBI and one run scored. Bruno’s hit was a double.
Shortstop Danny Lang (sr. Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) was two for four at the plate with one RBI. First baseman Casey Grimes (so. Gibbstown, NJ/Paulsboro) chipped in with one hit (three at bats) and scored two runs. Left fielder Nick Kreiger (so. Manalapan, NJ/Manalapan) registered one hit and one run scored. Second baseman Mark Benak (jr. South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield) scored two runs.
For Penn State Abington, catcher Mike Kerns (sr. Warminster, PA/Archbishop Wood) went two for four with two RBIs and one run scored. Right fielder A.J. Vagliani (sr. Philadelphia, PA/Roman Catholic) registered one hit and one RBI. Center fielder Dustin Kology (sr. Philadelphia, PA/Father Judge) scored two runs and second baseman Mark McCouch (sr. Hatboro-Horsham, PA/Gwynedd-Mercy College) crossed the plate one time.
The Nittany Lions went up 4-0 in the first inning. The Profs came back with six runs in the bottom half. Kelly drove in two with a single to center field and Perez recorded a two-RBI double. McMenamin came home on a wild pitch and Lang singled in a run.
The two teams each scored once in the second inning. Kerns’ base hit scored Kology while Grimes went home on a ground out by McMenamin. Rowan added three more runs, one in the fifth inning and two in the seventh. Pinch runner Bobby Romano (so. Vineland, NJ/Vineland) scored on error in the fifth. Bruno doubled in one run in the seventh inning. He scored on Kelly’s single through the right side.
Rowan heads to Florida for seven games over spring break, Friday, March 15 through Friday, March 22. The baseball team plays number one ranked SUNY Cortland on Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m. and on Saturday, March 16 at 11 a.m.
BATS COME ALIVE IN GOLDEY-BEACOM’S DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP OF LINCOLN
Lightning Offense Explodes for 23 Runs and 22 Hits in Earning Back-to-Back Victories
WILMINGTON, Del. – Freshman designated player Taylor Ewing (North Dorchester H.S./Hurlock, Md.) had four hits and drove in four runs to lead Goldey-Beacom College (3-7) to a non-conference doubleheader sweep over Lincoln University (3-4) at the Lightning’s Jackson Athletic Complex on Wednesday afternoon.
Goldey-Beacom, which had been held to just 10 runs in its first eight games, exploded for a season-high 14 runs en route to a 14-1 victory in five innings in the opener before taking the nightcap by a 9-1 margin in six innings.
In the first game, the Lightning jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in the first inning. Junior utility player Roni Peters (Leonardtown H.S./Leonardtown, Md.) scored the game’s first run with one out after an illegal pitch was called on Lincoln sophomore Danielle Owes(Burlington County H.S./Edgewater Park, N.J.), allowing her to score from third base. After a wild pitch by Owes allowed junior outfielder Michelle Foster (Overbrook H.S./West Berlin, N.J.) to score, a bases loaded walk by sophomore utility player Asia Ellis (Lenape H.S./Marlton, N.J.) upped the advantage to 3-0.
Junior third baseman Ashley Zaccaria (Gloucester City H.S./Gloucester City, N.J.) drove in two more runs with a double to left field, extending the margin to 5-0 before an RBI groundout by sophomore outfielder Alexa Houston (Sussex Central H.S./Georgetown, Del.) scored Ellis to give Goldey-Beacom a six-run advantage.
The Lions trimmed the margin to 6-1 in the top of the second inning when freshman Toni Smith (William Penn H.S./New Castle, Del.) scored after senior catcher Mariah Liberty(Harwood Union H.S./Waterbury, Vt.) stole second base.
But, Goldey-Beacom added a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. After freshman second baseman Madison Newhouser (North Schuylkill H.S./Ashland, Pa.) hit an RBI double to left center field for a 7-1 advantage, she scored on a single by Ewing to left field to expand the margin to 8-1.
In the third inning, the Lightning added six more runs to increase the lead to 14-1. A double down the left field line by Peters scored Houston from second base with one out. After Foster singled to center field to score Peters, she scored on a single up the middle by Newhouser.
Alonzo gave Goldey-Beacom an 11-1 cushion when she blasted a triple to center field, scoring Newhouser from first base. A sacrifice fly by Ewing to center field allowed Alonzo to score before Ellis singled and advanced to second base on an error, which scored freshman catcher Alivia Schoff (Rising Sun H.S./Colora, Md.).
From there, junior Courtney Dolson (Gloucester H.S./Gloucester, N.J.) and the Lightning defense held the Bears without a hit in the final two innings to secure the victory because of the eight-run rule after five innings.
The Lightning jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning of the second game. After three consecutive errors by the Bears to begin the inning gave the Lightning a 2-0 edge, Alonzo hit a triple to center field that scored Newhouser before Ewing drove her in to extend the advantage to 4-0.
Smith opened the fourth inning for the Bears with a triple down the right field line and scored on a throwing error by Newhouser, trimming the Lincoln deficit to 4-1.
But, the Lightning scored five unanswered runs to earn the victory. After Foster upped the lead to 5-1 with an RBI bunt single in the bottom of the fourth inning, Ellis extended the lead with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth inning that scored Ewing for a 6-1 lead.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, Foster singled to left center field and scored on a Newhouser double to center field. An opposite field single by Alonzo drove Newhouser in before a double by Ewing allowed Alonzo to score, ending the game due to the eight-run rule.
Dolson, who earned her first win of the season in the first game, posted three strikeouts while scattering a pair of hits over five innings. Meanwhile, senior pitcher Ashley Antosh(Twin Valley H.S./Honey Brook, Pa.) improved to 2-3 on the season after allowing just four hits while matching a season high with six strikeouts.
While Ewing led the Lightning offense, three other players also collected four hits in the doubleheader sweep. Newhouser contributed a pair of doubles and drove in three runs while Foster scored five runs and had two runs batted in. Alonzo, who leads the Lightning with five extra-base hits this season, had a pair of triples with three runs batted in and four runs scored.
Smith and senior Erin Rucker (Shaker Heights H.S./Shaker Heights, Ohio) each had two hits in a losing effort for the Bears, who allowed a season-high 14 runs in the first game.
The Lightning, who won back-to-back games for the first time this season, will wrap up a 12-game homestand on Saturday afternoon by hosting Felician College in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference opener for both teams. The doubleheader at the Jackson Athletic Complex will begin at 1 p.m.