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Raptors split to end Florida trip

Press release

George Spingler...2 hits in opening win

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (March 23 2013) – The Rutgers University-Camden baseball team finished its trip to the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational with a doubleheader split against Western Connecticut State University here Saturday, closing their spring break with a 6-4 mark in 10 games down south.

The Scarlet Raptors edged the Colonels, 8-7, in the opener and the Danbury, Connecticut-based school turned the tables in the nightcap with its own one-run victory, 5-4.

Rutgers-Camden returns home with an 11-7 record, while the split leaves Western Connecticut State with a 3-3 mark.

Rutgers-Camden returns to action Tuesday with a 3:30 p.m. game at FDU-Florham. The Scarlet Raptors open up their New Jersey Athletic Conference play on March 30, hosting Kean University in an 11 a.m. doubleheader. Kean currently is ranked No. 8 in the Top 25 poll and No. 9 in the ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Division III national poll.

Game 1

Rutgers-Camden 8, Western Connecticut State 7
The Scarlet Raptors overcame a 7-2 fourth-inning deficit, scoring two runs apiece in the bottom of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings for the victory. The winning rally in the sixth was sparked by consecutive singles from sophomore first baseman Connor Hall (Delran, NJ/Delran) and junior designated hitter George Spingler (Gloucester City, NJ/Gloucester Catholic). Later in the frame, senior catcherShaune Collins (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) and senior rightfielder Donnie Haines (Carneys Point, NJ/Penns Grove) delivered sacrifice flies for the tying and winning runs.

Spingler went 2-for-4 with two runs as the only Raptor with multiple hits. Senior leftfielder Nicco Esgro (Glassboro, NJ/Glassboro) had a two-run single in the fifth inning.

Senior Adam Satanoff (Pitman, NJ/Pitman) worked six innings, allowing all seven earned runs, in raising his record to 4-0. He allowed 10 hits and five walks, while striking out seven. Junior Tommy Potts (Bordentown, NJ/Bordentown Regional) worked a perfect seventh inning for his first save of the season and the second of his career. He struck out two batters.

Game 2

Western Connecticut State 5, Rutgers-Camden 4

Adrian Gonzalez...three hits in nightcap

The Colonels scored two runs in the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie and the Scarlet Raptors were only able to counter with one in the top of the seventh, one a leadoff home run by junior third baseman Adrian Gonzalez (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken). A single and a hit batsman placed the go-ahead runs on base for the Raptors before Western Connecticut freshman starter Craig Frobel (Southington, CT/Southington) got the last two outs to record his first collegiate win. Frobel (1-0) allowed seven hits, four walks and four earned runs, while striking out five.

Raptor freshman Chris Scarlett (Galloway, NJ/Holy Spirit) worked 5-2/3 innings, allowing 10 hits and five earned runs as his record fell to 0-2. He walked four and struck out seven.

Gonzalez was 3-for-4 with a single, double and home run for the Scarlet Raptors.