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ROWAN BASEBALL DEFEATS GWYNEDD-MERCY COLLEGE, 4-2

March 28, 2013 
GWYNEDD, PA –  The Rowan University baseball team defeated Gwynedd-Mercy College, 4-2 on Thursday.  The Profs are 11-4 overall while the Griffins have a 9-6 record.

Right-hander Ryan Easterday (so. Westmont, NJ/Haddon Twp.) threw 6.2 innings for the win.  He (2-2) scattered eight hits and gave up two earned runs.  Easterday struck out eight batters.  Lefty Kyle Brown (sr. Southampton, NJ/Seneca) pitched the last inning for the save.  Righty Andrew Schaefer (jr. Penndel, PA/Conwell-Egan) had the loss on the mound.  He allowed seven hits and four runs, three were earned.



Right fielder Nick Kreiger (so. Manalapan, NJ/Manalapan) led Rowan with two hits in four at bats and two RBIs.  Catcher C.J. Szymczak (sr. Maple Shade, NJ/Maple Shade) contributed with two hits (four at bats) and one RBI.  Second baseman Mark Benak (jr. South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield) was two for four with a double and one run scored.  First baseman Sean Kelly (sr. North Bergen, NJ/North Bergen) chipped in with a double and one RBI.  Third baseman Kevin McMenamin (so. Maple Shade, NJ/Maple Shade) produced two hits and designated hitter Casey Grimes (so. Gibbstown, NJ/Paulsboro) scored two runs.

For Gwynedd-Mercy, left fielder David Blount (fr. Croydon, PA/Harry S. Truman) had two hits in four at bats and one RBI.  Shortstop Jordano Rodriquez (so. Philadelphia, PA/Mariana Bracetti) registered one hit (four at bats) and one RBI. Right fielder Rick Elfreth (so. Washington Twp., NJ/St. Augustine) and second baseman Kurt Taylor (fr. Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill E.) tallied one hit and one run scored apiece.

The Profs were ahead 2-0 after scoring one run in the second and third innings.  In the second, Grimes led off with a walk.  He later came home a single by Kreiger. Kelly drove in Benak in the third inning with a double.  With two outs, Benak reached base with a double.  The Griffins got on the scoreboard with one run in the fifth.  Rodriguez singled home Elfreth.  

Rowan scored two runs in the sixth for a 4-1 advantage.  Szymanski knocked in Grimes with a base hit and Perez crossed the plate on Kreiger’s single.  The Griffins’ last run came in the seventh inning.  Taylor doubled and scored on a single by Blount.

Rowan starts its conference schedule at home on Saturday, March 30 against Ramapo College at 11:30 a.m.
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