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LEESBURG, FL – The Rowan University baseball team edged number one ranked SUNY Cortland, 5-4 on Saturday at Lake Sumter Community College. 

It was Rowan’s second game at the RussMatt Tournament during spring break. The Profs are 7-2 overall while the Red Dragons are 10-4 on the season.  On Friday, Rowan lost 12-8 against Cortland.  

Right-hander Jeff White (sr. Medford, NJ/Sterling) earned the win on the mound. White (1-0) went six innings and gave up six hits and four earned runs.  He struck out four batters.  Righty Nick Henderson (jr. Pemberton, NJ/Pemberton Twp.) earned the save.  Right-hander Mike Hughes had the loss.  He (1-1) allowed eight hits and five earned run.

Third baseman Kevin McMenamin (so. Maple Shade, NJ/Maple Shade) and center fielder Eric Perez (jr. Fords, NJ/Woodbridge) each totaled three hits (four at bats) and one RBI for the Profs.  McMenamin scored two runs and Perez had one.  Pinch hitter Ryan Easterday (so. Westmont, NJ/Haddon Twp.) drove in two runs with a double.  Catcher C.J. Szymczak (sr. Maple Shade, NJ/Maple Shade) chipped in with one hit and one RBI.  First baseman Sean Kelly (sr. North Bergen, NJ/North Bergen) added a double and one run scored while second baseman Mark Benak (jr. South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield) scored one run.

Cortland pinch hitter Chris Jackson recorded a three run homer.  Catcher P.J. Rinaldi was two for five at the plate with one run scored.  First baseman Max Rosing had one hit in three at bats, one RBI and one run scored.  Shortstop John Adornetto registered one hit (three at bats) and scored one run.  

Rowan got on the scoreboard with one run in the first inning.  Benak reached base with a walk and later scored on McMenamin’s single.  In the fourth inning, both teams scored one run.  With one out, McMenamin had a base hit and he advanced to third on double by Perez.  Szymczak grounded out and McMenamin crossed the plate.  The Red Dragons’ run came on Rosing’s RBI double that scored Adornetto.  

Cortland tied the score at four with Jackson’s three run homer in the sixth inning. Rowan posted its winning run in the top of the seventh.  Kelly had a double and he came on Perez’s single.    

Rowan’s next game is against UMass Boston on Sunday, March 17 at 11 a.m. in Auburndale, FL. 


Saint Joseph's Baseball Game Suspended Due to Snow

March 16, 2013

MERION STATION, Pa. - Saturday's baseball game between Saint Joseph's and Wagner has been suspended due to snow. The game will resume on Sunday as the first half of a doubleheader.

Wagner leads, 5-4, with nobody out and a runner on first in the bottom of the third inning. John Brue will be at the plate for the Hawks with a 1-2 count.



Potts, offense power Rutgers-Camden nine

CAMDEN, N.J. (March 15, 2013) – Junior pitcher Tommy Potts (Bordentown, NJ/Bordentown Regional)hurled seven strong innings for his first win of the season and three Rutgers University-Camden players collected two hits apiece to lead a 12-hit attack as the Scarlet Raptors defeated Penn State-Abington, 9-1, in a non-conference baseball game Friday at Campbell’s Field.

Rutgers-Camden improves to 5-3. Penn State-Abington falls to 4-11 with its fifth straight loss.

Potts (1-1) scattered eight hits over his seven innings of work, while allowing just one walk and one earned run. He struck out seven.
Shaune Collins...two hits, two RBIs
Junior Paul Walters (Gloucester, NJ/Gloucester) hurled one-hit shutout ball over the final two frames for Rutgers-Camden, walking one.

On a cold, windy day, Rutgers-Camden scored all the runs Potts needed in the first inning off of Nittany Lions senior starter Bill Parave (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken). Parave, who hurled a two-hit 4-0 shutout over Rutgers-Camden here last season while taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning, issued a one-out walk to Raptor senior leftfielder Bruce Monro (Matawan, NJ/Matawan Regional). Junior rightfielder Adrian Gonzalez (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken) lofted an opposite-field wind-blown fly ball deep down the right field line that was dropped for an error, advancing Monro to second base. Senior first baseman Dave Prager (Deptford, NJ/Deptford) hit a wind-aided RBI double to deep center field and junior second basemanGeorge Spingler (Gloucester City, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) followed with a run-scoring single through the left side of the infield.

Abington scored its lone run in the fourth on three hits, sparked by a leadoff single to left by Parave. He scored on a two-out single through the right side by senior rightfielder A.J. Vagliani (Philadelphia, PA/Roman Catholic).Dave Prager...2-for-4, one run, one RBI

Clinging to a 2-1 lead, the Scarlet Raptors broke the game open with three runs in the sixth inning and back-to-back two-run frames in the seventh and eighth. Senior third baseman John Santilli (Folsom, NJ/St. Joseph-Hammonton) and senior designated hitter Donnie Haines (Carneys Point, NJ/Penns Grove) both had RBI doubles in the sixth. Senior catcher Shaune Collins (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) had a two-run double in the seventh, while two hits and two errors led to a pair of eighth-inning runs.
George Spingler...2-for-4, one run, one RBI
Prager, Spingler and Collins all went 2-for-4 for the Scarlet Raptors, with Prager extending his hitting streak to five games. Gonzalez, who has hit safely in every game of the season for the Raptors, went 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Santilli and senior centerfielder Albert Rivera (Matawan, NJ/Matawan Regional), who have hit in every game they have played this year, both had one hit to extend their streaks to seven games apiece.

Monro and Haines both scored two runs.

Parave, senior second baseman Mark McCouch (Hatboro-Horsham, PA/Gwynedd Mercy), senior catcher Mike Kerns (Warminster, PA/Archbishop Wood) and sophomore shortstop Tom Ditro (Philadelphia, PA/Archbishop Ryan) each had a 2-for-4 day for Penn State-Abington.  

The Nittany Lions return to action Saturday with a 1 p.m. home doubleheader against Ursinus College.

The Scarlet Raptors begin their spring break trip Sunday with a 3 p.m. game in Auburndale, Florida. They face Western New England University, which is ranked 15th nationally in this week’s Top 25 poll.


Kelly sends TCNJ home winners with complete game effort

Winter Haven, Fla … The College of New Jersey baseball team received a complete-game performance for the second straight day as junior Brendan Kelly (Butler, NJ/Butler) went the distance in a 6-4 victory over University of Massachusetts- Boston on Saturday afternoon in Winter Haven, Fla.

Kelly put up eight goose-eggs on the board as he overcame a rocky fourth inning to earn his second win of the season. The right-hander scattered six hits over nine innings and struck out four. Kelly secured the final out of the game on his 100th pitch of the day, covering the bag on a ground ball to first base.

The win raises the Lions record to 4-7, while the Beacons fell to 2-2.

Five players finished with two hits on the day for TCNJ. Senior Scott Kelly (West Windsor, NJ/West Windsor-North) led the way with two hits, a run batted in, a run scored, and a stolen base. Sophomore Anthony Cocuzza (Absecon, NJ/St. Augustine Prep) collected a pair of hits and scored twice, while classmate Mike Murray (Stewartsville, NJ/Phillipsburg) also contributed two hits and scored a run.

Freshmen Pat Roberts (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough) and Garen Turner (Hainesport, NJ/Rancocas Valley) chipped in with two hits and junior Joe Dispoto (Nutley, NJ/Nutley) knocked in a run with a single.

The Lions struck first in the game, tallying two runs in the third inning. Murray singled to left and Cocuzza dropped down a bunt single to open the inning. A wild pitch advanced them a base Dispoto singled through the middle to score Murray. A 6-4-3 double play cleared the bases, but Cocuzza came home with the second run.

The Beacons responded with four runs in the top of the fourth to move ahead 4-2. They capitalized on four hits, a sacrifice fly, and a pair of defensive miscues in the inning. Clean-up hitter Charles LaPaglia produced the biggest hit, a two-run single through the middle.

The score remained 4-2 until Kelly led off with a base hit in the sixth. He advanced on a sacrifice bunt by rookie Mark Mari (Bayonne, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) and over to third on a Roberts single to left. An RBI-groundout by sophomore Josh Limon (Eastampton, NJ/Rancocas Valley) cut the deficit to 4-3.

The Lions tied the ballgame and then surged to a lead in the seventh. Turner doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Murray. He raced home on a wild pitch and the game was knotted at 4. Cocuzza singled to right followed by a four-pitch walk to Dispoto. Kelly ripped the first pitch he saw to center field, driving in Cocuzza. Dispoto also came in on the play on a throwing error by the center fielder.

Kelly stole third base later in the inning. It marked the 76th stolen base of his career as he is one swipe shy of matching the program record.

That would be all the run support Kelly would need. He was masterful on mound after the fourth inning, limiting UMass to just two hits over the final five innings. He also received some fine defensive play, including a crucial 6-4-3 turn in the ninth inning. It was an important win for TCNJ as they closed out their spring trip with two straight wins.

The schedule remains busy for the Lions when they return north. They play at Moravian College on Tuesday, March 19, visit Gwynedd-Mercy College on Wednesday, March 20, and return the George Ackerman Park on Thursday, March 21. TCNJ also hosts Muhlenberg College at home on Saturday, March 23.


Stevens Institute Baseball Splits with SUNY New Paltz and Mount St. Mary College


WAPPINGER FALLS, N.Y. (March 16, 2013) – The Stevens Institute of Technology baseball team splits its first two games of the SUNY New Paltz Tournament at Dutchess Stadium on Saturday against New Paltz and Mount St. Mary College. Stevens defeated the Hawks, 5-4, in the opener but dropped a 3-1 decision to Mount St. Mary in the second game. The Ducks are now 7-3 this season.

Stevens 5, New Paltz 4

In the opener, Stevens’ offense was virtually stymied for the first 26 outs of the nine-inning affair, but the Ducks plated four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs and walked-off with a 5-4 win against the Hawks.

Junior Dan Allen (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) led off the inning by reaching on an error and then advanced to second after freshman Jayson Yano (Foothill Ranch, Calif.) was hit by a pitch with one out. 

After a foul out left the Ducks with two down and a three-run deficit, sophomore Ryan Mannello (Staten Island, N.Y.) drew a walk to load the bases. Freshman Tyler Bush (Bristol, Conn.) entered the game as a pinch hitter and picked up a run batted in with another free pass that scored Allen. With the score now 4-2, Yano came into score on a balk which then moved runners up to second and third base. Junior Curt Lowenstein (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) then came up to the plate and singled to left field which brought Mannello and Bush home for the game-tying and winning runs.

Lowenstein finished the first game with a stolen base and two hits in four at bats, while Allen and Yano each picked up one hit and a run scored. Sophomore Brian Hennelly (Holbrook, N.Y.) drove in a run as part of the 1-for-4 effort.

Senior Tyler Courter (Glenwood, N.J.) started the game but was not in on the decision after 5.1 innings pitched. Courter allowed 10 hits and four runs while striking out two hitters. Classmate Kevin Mathews (Jackson, N.J.) earned the win by tossing a scoreless ninth inning.

Junior Mark Poinsett (Ocean Gate, N.J.) threw 2.2 innings of relief and struck out two batters.

Mount St. Mary 3, Stevens 1

Stevens could only score once in the seventh inning but had runners on third base in the first and fifth innings but were unable to push anything across.

In the first, sophomore Gregg Nickels (Simpsonville, S.C.) singled with one out and moved up to third after a double by seniorMichael Donovan (Frisco, Texas) with two outs. The next batter for the Ducks struck out to end the inning.

In the fifth inning, Courter reached on an error to start the inning and found himself on third after sophomore Marc Calleo (Bayville, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch and Lowenstein singled to load the bases with no outs. The next three hitters could not get the ball out of the infield and the threat was eliminated.

Mount St. Mary scored the first run of the game in the fourth and after a deadlock at 1-1 after seven, the Knights scored twice in the bottom of the eighth which proved to be the difference.

Lowenstein once again put together a solid game, going 3-for-5 with a stolen base. Donovan went 2-for-4, including the double and Courter batted 1-for-3 with a double and run scored.

Sophomore Gary Boardman (Staten Island, N.Y.) went six inning and struck out four in the no decision. Boardman allowed four hits and an earned run.

Yano suffered the loss in the final two innings on two hits and two runs (one earned) with a strikeout.

Stevens will be back in action tomorrow at 12 p.m. against Baruch College to wrap up the New Paltz Tournament.



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