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College Softball/Baseball Results for Sunday


Hodgson Hits Grand Slam, Records 5 RBIs in Loss to Dayton
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PHILADELPHIA – The La Salle softball team lost both games in today's conference doubleheader against the Dayton Fliers, 9-6 and 7-1, respectively.
The Explorers scored six runs on just four hits in game one, largely due to a grand slam in the fourth from junior Megan Hodgson, who recorded five RBIs in the game. The inning started with a walk by sophomore Kristin Travers followed by two quick outs. Sophomore Alyssa Bitsimis provided a double to left center which setup another walk, this time from freshman Kendra Heyer. A third walk in the inning from senior Liz Reed gave La Salle its second run of the afternoon but they still trailed 5-2. With the bases loaded, two outs, and the Explorers in dire need a big inning, Hodgson delivered with a long ball over the left field wall to give La Salle a 6-5 lead.

Dayton wasn't discouraged, however, as the Fliers tallied two runs in the sixth to take the lead once again, 7-6. With an additional two runs in the seventh, Dayton ultimately got the best of La Salle, winning with a score of 9-6.
Bitsimis recorded two doubles on the day – the first came in the form of a leadoff double to left field in the third and her second was prior to Hodgson's grand slam in the fourth. Heyer added an infield single in the third inning.
The Fliers held La Salle to just three hits and one run in the second game of today's doubleheader. That single run came oddly in the second inning after freshman Alyssa Sims drew herself into a run-down, enabling freshman Casey Lester to make a dash for home from third base.
Heyer got La Salle started with a single to lead off the bottom first. Lester and Travers reached base in the second inning on a single and double, respectively. The Explorers were hitless after the second inning.
The Explorers return to West Campus Field on Tuesday, April 23 for a doubleheader against the UMBC Retrievers scheduled to begin at 3 PM. The following day, La Salle will take on George Washington for another conference doubleheader, also set to begin at 3 P


TCNJ baseball takes two from Rutgers-Camden

Ewing, NJ … The College of New Jersey rolled to its third straight New Jersey Athletic Conference victory as they swept Rutgers University-Camden on Sunday afternoon in George Ackerman Park.

The Lions (15-16, 8-6) won the opener 4-3 in 10 innings on a walk-off single by senior Scott Kelly (West Windsor, NJ/West Windsor-North). They completed the sweep with a 10-3 triumph in the nightcap as TCNJ banged out 15 hits.

The wins enabled the Lions to maintain pace with Richard Stockton College (8-6) and remain in fourth place in the league standings. They moved a half a game ahead of Ramapo College (7-6-1). The Scarlet Raptors dropped to 5-9 in the conference.

Game 1: TCNJ 4  Rutgers-Camden 3 (10 innings)

Kelly lined a game-winning single to left field to give TCNJ a 4-3 victory in 10 innings. Freshman William Worswick (Mountainside, NJ/Governor Livingston) earned his second victory of the season in relief.

The Lions struggled offensively in the opener as they managed just three unearned runs on four hits through the first nine innings. After Rutgers-Camden tied the game in the eighth inning and forced extra frames, junior Joe Dispoto (Nutley, NJ/Nutley) roped a triple to right field to lead off the tenth. Kelly turned on the second pitch he saw to end the game and spark a celebration.

The Scarlet Raptors touched Lions’ starter Robert Graber (Franklin Lakes, NJ/Ramapo) for an unearned run in the first. Adrian Gonzalez got on board on a two-base error with two outs and came home to score when Dave Prager singled through the middle.

A three-run third inning gave the Lions a 3-2 advantage. Sophomore Anthony Cocuzza (Absecon, NJ/St. Augustine Prep) grounded an RBI-single to left field. Senior Michael Murphy (Staten Island, NY/Staten Island Tech) followed with an sacrifice fly, and Cocuzza raced home on a wild pitch to give Graber a one-run cushion.

RUC tied it up in the top of the eighth. A walk, stolen base, and infield error led to their third unearned run of the game. The Scarlet Raiders threatened to take the lead, but Graber induced a ground out to second to escapte the threat.

Graber was lifted after eight strong innings on the mound. He scattered eight hits and struck out three, while all three runs allowed were unearned. 

A fine defensive play in the outfield by rookie Mark Mari (Bayonne, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) was key in the top of the ninth. The Scarlet Raptors had a runner on third with two outs and Kyle Gaff hit a humpback line to left field. Mari raced in and made a diving catch in front of him to keep the game tied 3-3.

Worswick pitched a scoreless tenth inning before Dispoto and Kelly ended the game in the bottom of the frame. It was the first extra-inning victory for TCNJ, snapping a four-game skid in extra frames this season.

Cocuzza had two hits a run scored, and an RBI in the win, while catcher Paul Searles (Holmdel, NJ/Holmdel) gunned down a pair of runners attempting to steal.

Prager and George Spingler each had two hits for the Scarlet Raptors. John Griffin gave up just one run in six strong innings in relief, but was tagged with the loss.

Game 2:

A five-run, third inning propelled the Lions to a 10-3 win in the back end of the twinbill. Freshman Evan Edleman (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough) improved his record to 3-1, while Kelly led the offense with four hits and three runs batted in.

The Scarlet Raptors took a 1-0 lead in the second. Prager doubled to right field and came into the score when Connor Hall followed with a two-base hit.

The Lions evened thanks to the Dispoto-Kelly combination that came through again. Dispoto singled and scored all the way from first when Kelly laced a double to left field.

RUC pushed ahead with a second run in the third, but TCNJ erupted for five runs with two outs in bottom of the inning. Freshman Pat Roberts (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough) reached based on a fielder’s choice to put a runner on first with two outs. Senior Rob Vafiadou (Holmdel, NJ/Holmdel) singled and stole second before Searles walked. Dispoto legged out an infield single and Roberts scored to tie the game.

Kelly then stroked a sharp single to left to plate Vafiadou and Searles. Mari was issued a free pass and Cocuzza singled to score Dispoto. Kelly came home on a throwing error and TCNJ quickly owned a 6-2 lead.

Mari sent a run-scoring triple right in the fifth and Cocuzza delivered another RBI-base hit to extend the lead to 8-2. An RBI-double to left by Searles in the sixth and a single run in the seventh gave the Lions double digit runs in the game.

Edelman had to work his way through the first couple innings before settling in and coasting through the four innings of stint. He tossed seven innings and gave up three runs (two earned) and struck out four, while walking none. Rookie Joseph DiLorenzo (West Orange, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) mopped up the final two innings, tossing a pair of scoreless frames and striking out two.

Sophomore Josh Limon (Eastampton, NJ/Rancocas Valley) had three hits in the game, while Cocuzza and Dispoto each had two hits.

Murphy had two hits on the day and now has 195 in his career in a TCNJ uniform.

TCNJ visit FDU-Florham on Tuesday before returning to conference play at Rowan University on Thursday afternoon.


TCNJ sweeps past Rutgers-Camden

EWING, N.J. (April 21, 2013) – The Rutgers University-Camden baseball team entered its New Jersey Athletic Conference doubleheader here Sunday needing a sweep to pass its host, The College of New Jersey, in the NJAC standings.

Unfortunately for the Scarlet Raptors, the Lions grabbed a sweep as TCNJ won the opener, 4-3, in 10 innings and took the nightcap, 10-3.

The losses dropped Rutgers-Camden to 18-17 overall and 5-9 in the conference.

The College of New Jersey improved to 16-16 and 8-6.

Rutgers-Camden returns to action Monday with a 6 p.m. Senior Night game, hosting Swarthmore College.

Game 1
TCNJ 4, Rutgers-Camden 3 (10 innings)

In a game where the first six runs were unearned, the Lions finally broke through with an earned run to win the game in the bottom of the 10th inning. Junior centerfielder Joe Dispoto (Nutley, NJ/Nutley) opened the frame with a triple to right field and scored when senior second baseman Scott Kelly (West Windsor, NJ/West Windsor-North) followed with a single to left field.
John Griffin...stellar relief work in loss
That run ended an outstanding relief job by Scarlet Raptor freshman John Griffin (Swedesboro, NJ/Kingsway Regional), who worked six innings and allowed only five hits and that one earned run. Griffin (0-2) struck out one.

The Raptors built a 2-0 lead with unearned runs in the first and third innings, with both rallies started by infield errors. Senior first baseman Dave Prager (Deptford, NJ/Deptford) singled home the first-inning run, while junior designated hitter George Spingler (Gloucester City, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) singled home a run in the third.

TCNJ, however, bounced back with three unearned runs in the third inning off Raptor freshman starterChris Scarlett (Galloway, NJ/Holy Spirit). Dispoto started the frame with a walk and Kelly reached on an error while laying down a sacrifice. Following a fielder’s choice and a stolen base by Kelly, sophomore shortstop Anthony Cocuzza (Absecon, NJ/St. Augustine Prep) singled home a run. A wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by sophomore third baseman Michael Murphy (Stewartsville, NJ/Phillipsburg) made it a 2-2 game and Cocuzza scored on a wild pitch.

Rutgers-Camden tied the game in the eighth when senior catcher Shaune Collins (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) drew a one-out walk and was replaced by senior pinch-runner Nicco Esgro (Glassboro, NJ/Glassboro). One out and a stolen base later, an infield error plated Esgro with the tying run.

TCNJ freshman William Worswick (Mountainside, NJ/Governor Livingston) picked up the victory with two scoreless innings of relief. Worswick (2-3) allowed two hits and struck out one.

Cocuzza went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI for the Lions. Prager and Spingler both went 2-for-5 with one RBI for the Scarlet Raptors.

Game 2
TCNJ 10, Rutgers-Camden 3

Trailing, 2-1, the Lions exploded for five runs on five hits and an error in the third inning and went on to finish off their sweep. The frame featured a two-run single by Kelly, while Dispoto and Cocuzzo both added RBI singles.Albert Rivera...three hits in doubleheader

Rutgers-Camden had scored single runs in the second and third to grab its 2-1 lead. Prager and sophomore designated hitter Connor Hall (Delran, NJ/Delran) hit back-to-back doubles for the run in the second and senior centerfielder Albert Rivera (Matawan, NJ/Matawan Regional) ripped a triple and scored on a balk in the third.

For the game, Kelly went 4-for-6 with two runs and three RBIs at the top of the Lions’ order, while sophomore first baseman Josh Limon (Eastampton, NJ/Rancocas Valley) was 3-fsr-4, Cocuzza went 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs and Dispoto was 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI.

Freshman Evan Edelman (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough) picked up the win, working seven innings and allowing eight hits and three runs (two earned). Edelman (3-1) struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

Prager went 3-for-4 with one run for the Scarlet Raptors, while Hall and Rivera added two hits apiece.



La Salle Downs UMass, 6-2, To Clinch Series Sweep
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PHILADELPHIA – The La Salle baseball team made it a clean sweep on Sunday afternoon at Hank DeVincent Field, downing UMass by a score of 6-2 to improve its Atlantic 10 record to 11-4 on the season. Sophomore Justin Korenblatt (1-4, 3 RBI) whacked a bases-clearing, three RBI double in the fifth give the Blue and Gold pitching staff all the insurance it needed to secure the victory.

The Explorers have now won six consecutive ballgames to improve their record to 18-19 (11-4 A-10) on the season while the Minutemen slipped to 9-20 (3-9 A-10).

The first four and a half innings of the game breezed by before the La Salle offense ignited in the fifth inning. Sophomore Ryan Welling (0-3) and junior George Smith, Jr. (0-2, BB, run) worked back-to-back walks before freshman Collin McGowan (2-3, run) knocked a single into center but Welling was thrown out at the plate for the second out of the inning. Senior Dan Klem (1-3, run) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, followed by back-to-back walks from sophomore Kevin Baron (0-2, 2 BB, RBI, run) and sophomore Kevin Conroy(0-2, BB, RBI, run) for a 2-0 La Salle lead.

After finding himself in a 1-2 hole, Korenblatt smashed a double into the left center gap to clear the bases and open up a 5-0 Explorer lead. The Korenblatt double chased UMass starter Conor LeBlanc (4.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 2 K) out of the game. LeBlanc's season record dipped to 0-4 on the year with the loss.

La Salle starting pitcher Shane Hollman worked five scoreless innings and stranded eight Minutemen on base in the effort. He struck out two, walked two, and hit four batters in his third victory of the season.

UMass pushed a run across in the seventh off sophomore Adam Cherry (1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) before senior Pat Christensen saved the day with a three-pitch strikeout to leave the bases loaded in the frame. Christensen earned his eighth save of the year, working 2.1 innings blemished by only one unearned run. He struck out four and walked one.

The Minutemen out hit the La Salle 6-5 on the day, but stranded 13 baserunners while the Explorers stranded only four.

The Explorers will travel to University Park, Pa. on Tuesday for a 6:05 p.m. start time vs. Penn State. They will resume their conference schedule on Friday at 3 p.m. when VCU visits for the first of a three game set.

Dys helps Paterson sweep Rutgers-CamdenAshleigh Johnson...only one earned run in tough first game loss

WAYNE, N.J. (April 20, 2013) – William Paterson University sophomore Kerrin Dys (North Arlington, NJ/North Arlington) hurled a shutout in the opening game and saved the second game for freshmanChelsea Batelli (Wayne, NJ/DePaul Catholic) as the Pioneers swept Rutgers University-Camden in a New Jersey Athletic Conference softball doubleheader here Saturday.

William Paterson evens its record at 16-16 overall and improves to 8-6 in the NJAC.

Rutgers-Camden falls to 19-16 overall and 2-12 in conference play.

The Scarlet Raptors host Rowan University Tuesday in another NJAC doubleheader, beginning at 3 p.m. It is the last home twinbill of the season for the Scarlet Raptors, who will honor seven players on Senior Day.

Game 1
William Paterson 2, Rutgers-Camden 0

Jackie Leafey...two hits in openerDys (5-5) hurled a three-hitter and struck out one as she out-dueled Rutgers-Camden senior Ashleigh Johnson (Bordentown, NJ/Bordentown Regional). Johnson (11-7) allowed six hits in her six-inning complete game, walking two and striking out three. Only one of the two runs she allowed was earned.

Pioneers senior centerfielder Samantha Mulderig (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) opened the bottom of the first by reaching on an error. After a sacrifice, she scored on a single by junior shortstopKatelyn Miele (Flanders, NJ/Pope John XXIII). 

In the fifth, Mulderig reached on a one-out walk, advanced on a ground out and scored on another Miele single.
Miele went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for William Paterson. 

Raptor senior centerfielder Jackie Leafey (Gloucester City, NJ/Gloucester City) went 2-for-3 to account for two-thirds of the Rutgers-Camden hits.


Game 2
William Paterson 4, Rutgers-Camden 2

The Pioneers scored two runs in each of the first two innings on the way to their victory. In the first, Mulderig singled, stole second and advanced the final two bases on a pair of wild pitches. Miele added a walk and stolen base before advancing on a wild pitch and scoring on a ground out.
Kaitlyn Gaskill...two hits, one RBI in doubleheader
In the second inning, junior rightfielder Laura Henriquez (Westampton, NJ/Rancocas Valley Regional)and Miele had RBI singles.Courtney Ray...two hits, one RBI in nightcap

The Scarlet Raptors cut the gap with a run in the third after they loaded by bases on a single by freshman rightfielder Lexi Fair (Deptford, NJ/Gloucester County Institute of Technology), a walk to Leafey and a HBP to senior first baseman Kaitlyn Gaskill (Pennsville, NJ/Pennsville Memorial). Senior shortstop Courtney Ray (Gloucester City, NJ/Miami Palmetto, FL) singled home Fair.        

Rutgers-Camden cut the gap to 4-2 with a seventh-inning run after seniorBrittany Sullivan (West Deptford, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) drew a pinch-hit walk and was replaced by freshman pinch-runner Cait Eltzholtz (Bellmawr, NJ/Gloucester Catholic). Freshman pitcher Sam Shockey (Deptford, NJ/Deptford) doubled to put a pair of runners in scoring position and Dys relieved Batelli. Gaskill plated Eltzholtz with a ground out before Dys ended the game with a fly out.

Batelli (7-7) worked 6-1/3 innings, allowing eight hits, two walks and two earned runs. She struck out four. Dys earned her first save by retiring the only two batters she faced.

Shockey (7-7) took the loss, allowing five hits and four earned runs in her six-inning complete game. She walked three and struck out two.
Mulderig went 2-for-3 with one run for the Pioneers. Shockey, Ray and freshman centerfielder Lindsay Day (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest) each collected two hits for the Scarlet Raptors.