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press release: March 3, 2013

Ewing, NJ … A five-run seventh inning carried Oswego State to a 10-8 victory over The College of New Jersey on Sunday afternoon at George Ackerman Park.

The Lions (1-2) led most the game, but a big inning by the Lakers (2-1) carried them to their second win of the season as 15 hits on offense overcame five errors in the field.

Senior Scott Kelly (West Windsor, NJ/West Windsor-North) and sophomore Josh Limon (Eastampton, NJ/Rancocas Valley) each finished with three hits and two runs batted in for TCNJ. Senior Michael Murphy (Staten Island, NY/Staten Island Tech) knocked in three with a single and a double.

Senior Michael Mascari had a big day for Oswego State as he was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate and drove in four runs. Senior Ed Charles and first baseman Andrew Lazzaro each contributed two hits and two runs batted in. Veteran left-hander Andrew Bishop notched his first win of the season tossing three innings of scoreless relief.

The Lakers wasted no time getting started on offense as leadoff hitter Charles cracked a solo home run  down the left-field line on the third pitch of the game. Junior Tim Smith walked and stole second before racing home on a single to right field by Mascari and Oswego held a 2-0 lead before the Lions got to the plate.

A run-scoring double by Limon put the Lions on the board in the second. He later came home on a ground ball by junior Paul Searles (Holmdel, NJ/Holmdel) that skipped under the glove of the shortstop to tie the game 2-2.

The heart of TCNJ’s lineup produced a pair of runs in the third to take a 4-3 lead. Sophomore Anthony Cocuzza (Absecon, NJ/St. Augustine Prep) was hit by a pitch and Kelly singled through the right side on a hit-and-run. Murphy lined a base hit to left to score Cocuzza and Limon stroked his second hit of the game to score Kelly.

After driving in six runs with two outs in Saturday’s doubleheader, the Lions continued to produce with two away in the fourth. Kelly lined a pitch in the hole between short and third to score junior Joe Dispoto (Nutley, NJ/Nutley). Murphy then delivered his second and third RBI of the game with a double to left.

Mascari continued to be a thorn in the side of TCNJ starting pitcher Robert Schneider (Washington Twp, NJ/Westwood) as he singled to right in the fifth to drive in two runs. It was his third hit of the game and fourth run batted in cut the Laker deficit to 7-5.

TCNJ tacked on another run when freshman John Rizzi (Long Hill, NJ/Watchung Hills) raced home on a Kelly infield single, but Oswego responded with five singles and five runs in the seventh to take a 10-8 lead. Bishop held the Lions offense in check over the final three innings, limiting the opponent to one hit while striking out one.

Lions’ junior transfer Justin Ely (Bordentown, NJ/Bordentown) saw two and two-third innings of work out of the bullpen. He was touched for one run and struck out four.

TCNJ will enjoy a few days of practice before heading to Winter Haven, Fla for spring break. The Lions will play nine games, starting with their toughest opponent in Wheaton College on Saturday, March 9 at 6 p.m
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