Penn Handles La Salle Explorers, 5-3
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PHILADELPHIA – The Explorers held Penn scoreless until the sixth, but the Quakers scored five runs in their last four at bats en route to a 5-3 victory over La Salle on Wednesday afternoon at Hank DeVincent Field. Sophomore Mark Williams extended his reached base streak to 14 games with a 3-for-5 showing and freshman Joey Ravert (3-3, BB, HBP) picked up his seventh hit in consecutive days.
Penn improves to 19-11 on the year while the Explorers dip to 12-18. La Salle freshman Tom Fazzini was given the first loss of his college career after forfeiting two runs in two-thirds of an inning in relief while Penn reliever Mitch Holtz picked up his first win on the season.
La Salle scored the first run of the ballgame in the bottom of the second when freshman Dan Callahan (0-1, RBI) skied a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Williams from third.
Williams started the game on the bump for the Blue and Gold and worked five scoreless innings while striking out three and walking none. Sophomore Alec Baum and juniorDominic Sgroi worked the sixth inning, each giving being charged with a run when Ryan Deitrich clubbed a two-run homer over the left field wall.
The Explorers tied up the game in the bottom of the frame when Williams plated sophomore Justin Korenblatt (2-4) from first on a double in the right center gap. Williams ended the day with 14 RBI on the year, most on the squad.
The Quaker bats continued to get to the Explorer bullpen, picking up two runs in the seventh and another in the eighth to open a 5-2 lead. La Salle cut the lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the eighth when freshman Collin McGowan (1-3, RBI) doubled down the right field line to score junior George Smith, Jr. (0-5), who reached on a fielders' choice earlier in the inning.
Smith, Jr. popped up with the bases loaded in the ninth to end the ballgame. Penn's Ronnie Glenn picked up his sixth save of the season.
The Blue and Gold will begin another local A-10 set on Friday, when they travel to Hawk Hill to take on Saint Joseph's at 3 p.m.
NOTES: Williams is batting .423 (22-52) over his current 14 game reached base streak. He now leads the squad in batting average (.352), slugging percentage (.521), on-base percentage (.432), and RBI (14)…Callahan notched his first career RBI on Wednesday on his second inning sacrifice fly...Ravert is 8-for-11 in his last three games, upping his
GEORGIAN COURT BLANKS GOLDEY-BEACOM IN CACC DOUBLEHEADER
Lions Limit Lightning to Eight Hits While Extending Win Streak to Four Straight Games
WILMINGTON, Del. – Sophomore outfielder Dara Schroeder (Northern Burlington H.S./Bordentown, N.J.) had three hits and scored four runs to lead Georgian Court University (20-18, 12-4) to a sweep of a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader over Goldey-Beacom College (9-21, 5-11) at the Lightning’s Jackson Athletic Complex on Wednesday afternoon.
The Lions, who are 10-1 in their last 11 games, won the first game by a 2-0 margin before recording a 7-0 victory in the nightcap. Meanwhile, the Lightning have now lost 11 games in a row.
In the first game, the Lions took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning when junior infielder Briana Molino (Williamstown, N.J.) hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Schroeder from third base.
The Lions added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning when Molino hit another sacrifice fly to center field that allowed junior infielder Justine Mattia (Williamstown, N.J.) to score.
Led by junior pitcher Kristina Morgan (Audubon H.S./Audubon, N.J.), the Lions held Goldey-Beacom to just three hits. Morgan, who improved her record to 7-6 on the season, posted her second shutout of the year after striking out five hitters while not allowing a walk.
After Georgian Court took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning of the second game on an RBI single by freshman Meghan Sfraga (Land O Lakes H.S./Land O Lakes, Fla.), the Lions added three more runs in the top of the third inning for a 4-0 lead. After Molino drove in two runs with a double down the left field line, she scored on a throwing error by junior Roni Peters (Leonardtown H.S./Leonardtown, Md.) to extend the advantage.
In the top of the fourth inning, Georgian Court upped the margin to 6-0 when junior infielder Taylor McDonough (Toms River, N.J.) hit a two-run triple to center field. The Lions added an unearned run in the fifth inning on a fielding error by the Lightning to extend the cushion to 7-0.
Junior pitcher Deanna Daluise (Manalapan, N.J.) recorded her second shutout of the season by limiting the Lightning to five hits in the second game. Now 7-6 on the season, she also recorded her fifth complete game of the season after striking out six Goldey-Beacom hitters while allowing four walks.
In addition to her three hits and four runs, Schroeder also stole a pair of bases in the doubleheader, upping her team-high total to 16 stolen bases. She has stolen 10 bases in a row. Meanwhile, Molino drove in four runs while scoring a run with a hit.
Peters, sophomore utility player Samantha Alonzo (Roy C. Ketcham H.S./Wappinger Falls, N.Y.) and junior utility player Courtney Dolson (Gloucester H.S./Gloucester, N.J.) each posted two hits to lead the Lightning in a losing effort.
The Lightning will open a six-game road trip on Saturday, Apr. 13 when they travel to Concordia for a CACC doubleheader against the Clippers starting at 1 p.m.
Late Game Outburst Sends Wilmington Baseball Back to Citizens Bank Park
WEST CHESTER, Pa. - - Matt Lopes laced a two run double to give the Wilmington University baseball team an eighth inning lead and then the flood gates opened as the Wildcats took the Bill Giles Invitational opening round game, 16-5, over West Chester at Serpico Stadium on Wednesday.
Tied at 5-5 with two outs in the eighth, the 15th ranked Wildcats (27-9) scored three runs in the eighth and poured on eight more runs in the ninth to run away with the victory to tie a program record with 14 consecutive wins. West Chester (16-10-1), which won the NCAA Division II National Championship last season, battled back from a 5-0 hole to tie the game, but fell apart with only four outs remaining.
Wilmington jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first two innings, scoring four in the second. Jonathan Rodriguez started his outstanding afternoon with an RBI single in the first, scoring Sam Goines from second base.
After Ray Gambone set the Golden Rams down in order, the Wildcats stepped up and delivered four runs in the bottom of the second. Kyle Lindstrom scored the innings’ first run on a squeeze play by Brendan Fallers, before Goines stepped up with a two-run single to left center. Now with two outs, Rodriguez collected his second hit in as many innings, singling into center field to score Goines once again and to give the Wildcats a 5-0 lead.
Gambone was cruising through the first three innings, but hit a snag in the fourth as West Chester scored three runs before recording an out. The Rams ended up scoring four runs in the inning to get back into the contest.
A quiet middle portion of the game only led to a raucous ending, as West Chester tied the game at 5-5 with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh.
Jordan Johnson got hit by a pitch with one out, putting the go-ahead run on base. After being moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Goines, the Rams intentionally walked Josh Hampton to get to Lopes. The sophomore catcher made them pay for that, hitting his two-run double to left which would become the game-winning hit. Brandon Payne followed with a single two batters later to put the lead to 8-5 heading into the bottom of the eighth.
Tyler Fries, who came on with one out in the seventh, pitched a perfect eighth, recording a strikeout and a pair of fly outs to bring the bats back to the plate for Wilmington.
Johnson executed the Wildcats’ second squeeze bunt of the afternoon for the games’ first run, scoring Frank Samluk. Hampton was again intentionally walked to load the bases with one out and Lopes again delivered with an RBI single up the middle. Rodriguez registered another RBI on a fielder’s choice before Payne smashed a two run double to left center. Lindstrom replaced Payne on second with his own RBI double for the seventh run of the inning. Fallers capped the scoring in the inning with a single back up the middle, chasing Lindstrom from second.
Gambone tossed the first 4.2 innings, striking out two while allowing four runs on six hits in the no decision. Jarrett Shaffer gave up a run in 1.2 innings of work with a strikeout before handing the ball over to Fries. The sophomore pitched the next 1.2 inning scoreless, striking out one without allowing a hit. Nick Marics tossed the final inning, closing the deal on the victory. Fries picked up the win, improving to 4-0.
The Wildcats receive no rest of the weary this week, as they hop on the bus once again and head to the University of Bridgeport on Thursday for their third nonconference matchup in as many days. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Wilmington Softball Doubleheader Sweep over Philadelphia
DATE: April 10, 2013
NEW CASTLE, Del. - - The celebrations at home plate were plentiful for the Wilmington University softball team in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader against Philadelphia, scoring a run in the eighth inning of game one to win, 2-1, and scoring a run in the bottom of the fifth of game to force the mercy rule, 9-1, at Asbury Field on Wednesday.
Brooke Berger started the walk-off celebrations for the Wildcats (22-16, 9-5 CACC) with a single back up the middle with one out in the bottom of the eighth in game one before Christin Headley hit a double over the head of the centerfielder in the bottom of the fifth in game two to bring the mercy run into effect.
The first game was moving at a rapid pace, as neither team collected more than one hit in an inning until the Rams (13-23, 5-11 CACC) did in the top of the seventh. Sophomore starter Chelsea Botsch was cruising, only giving up one hit in the top of the first before slightly tripping up in the seventh.
Meanwhile, the offense had trouble solving Philadelphia starter Kasia Smith as well, only recording one hit in four separate innings until the seventh inning. They were, however, able to manage a run in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead.
Thompson started things with a chopper to third, reaching on a fielding error. Emily Nowell and Cambria Ziemba moved Thompson over to third on a pair of sacrifices. Brook Ash added to her outstanding afternoon, singling through the right side for the games’ first run.
The Rams were able to get to Botsch in the seventh, scoring an unearned run on a sacrifice fly to knot the game at 1-1. The Wildcats put two runners on base in the seventh, but it was two little too late as Headley popped up with two outs, unable to get the run home.
After Botsch got out of the top of the eighth unscathed, Jillian Stafford started the bottom half with a double to right center. Rachel Painter moved pinch runner Katie Warrington up to third with one out. Berger wasted no time and took the first pitch she saw back up the middle for the game-winning hit.
Game two started a little differently for the Wildcats, as they jumped out to a four run first and 6-1 lead after two innings of play. Stafford, Skye Boris and Berger collected RBI’s in the first before Ash added another RBI in the second, giving the home team a 6-1 lead.
The scoring started again in the fourth for the Wildcats, as Headley triple home Ash to make it 7-1. Stafford followed Headley with a single through the left side for an RBI, pushing the Rams to the brink of the eight run mercy rule. But a double play and a reaction catch by reliever Sarah Gardner off the bat of Thompson, ending the inning with no further damage.
After the Rams were unable to close the gap in the top of the fifth, the Wildcats quickly went back to work at the plate. With one out, Ziemba beat out an infield single to put the eighth run on base. Ash followed with another infield single, moving Ziemba up 60 feet. Headley stepped in and took a 1-0 pitch deep over the head of the centerfielder, easily scoring Ziemba for the walk-off, fifth inning win.
Warrington started game two, tossing the first three innings before handing the ball over to Stafford for the final two. Warrington struck out four while giving up the lone run on one hit. Stafford came on and only allowing one hit while striking out one to close out the doubleheader sweep.
Ash went a combined 5-for-7 on Wednesday with a run and two RBI’s against Philadelphia while Berger went 3-for-6 with a pair of RBI’s.
Wilmington, which has won 10 of its last 12 games overall, takes to the road for their next doubleheader as it heads to Post on Saturday. The CACC twinbill is set to start at 1 p.m.