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College Baseball: LaSalle over Temple, Holy Family Remains Hot beat Goldey-Beacon, Graber Shuts Out Rutgers-Newark | cnbnews.net

La Salle 4, Temple 3

APRIL 5, 2013 AMBLER, Pa. – Sophomore Kevin Baron stroked a single down the left field line to drive in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth and senior Pat Christensen stunted the Owl’s comeback effort in a 4-3 Explorer win on Friday afternoon at Skip Wilson Field. Christensen improved his season record to 4-1 in his three inning effort (1 R, 1 BB, 4 K) in relief.

With the victory, La Salle improves to 10-16 (5-2 A-10) while Temple slips to 10-15, 2-5 A-10). The Owls outhit the visitors 12-10 and both clubs registered one fielding error on the afternoon.

The Explorers jumped on the board in the top of the first for the second straight game when sophomore Mark Williams (2-3, RBI) knocked home senior Dan Klem (3-4, RBI, run), who led off the game with a single.

Temple didn’t wait long to counter, picking up a run in the bottom of the second on a two-out single by Andrew Nist, plating Matt Elko to tie the ballgame at one apiece.

La Salle retook the lead in the fourth, scoring two by way of a Rob Friskey squeeze and Klem sacrifice fly.

The Owls added a run in the sixth, but La Salle starting pitcher Ryan Donohue (6 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) left three runners on base by forcing Nick Lustrino to fly out with two outs and the bases juiced to preserve a 3-2 lead.

Temple squeaked an unearned run across in the bottom of the eighth to tie the score at 3-3, but the Blue and Gold countered once again in the top of the ninth.

Freshman Collin McGowan (1-4) stroked a single to left field with one out and stole second base. After a Klem pop-out, Baron stepped to the plate and drove a ball down the third base line to score McGowan and give the Explorers the lead for good.

Christensen left two Owls stranded in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the 4-3 lead.

La Salle and Temple will meet again on Saturday at 1 PM. Sophomore Shane Hollman will make the start for the Explorers and will be opposed by Eric Peterson.

NOTES: Williams extended his hitting streak to 11 games. The sophomore is hitting .447 during that span…Klem’s 3-for-4 showing busted the senior out of a 2-for-25 spell over his last six games…Despite not earning the win, Friday marked the fifth time the Explorers have won when Donohue starts the game on the hill…Christensen has now gone seven consecutive appearances without giving up an earned run. The senior has struck out 15 batters in 13.1 innings during the stretch






WILMINGTON, Del. – Led by freshman outfielder Alicia Alvarado (Paraclete H.S./Palmdale, Calif.), Holy Family University (13-11, 8-2) extended its win streak to five consecutive games by sweeping a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader over Goldey-Beacom College (9-15, 5-7) at the Lightning’s Jackson Athletic Complex on Friday afternoon.

Holy Family, which has won 9 of their last 11 games, erupted for a season-high 10 runs in the first game en route to a 10-0 victory over the Lightning before taking the nightcap by a 4-1 margin.

The Tigers took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning in the first game. After junior Roni Peters (Leonardtown H.S./Leonardtown, Md.) recorded the first two outs of the inning, she hit Alvarado with a pitch before a single by junior AnnMarie Dalton (Northampton Area H.S./Northampton, Pa.) moved Alvarado to third base.

After back-to-back walks scored Alvarado for the Tigers’ first run, senior catcher Deanna Myers (William Tennent H.S./Warminster, Pa.) upped the Holy Family advantage to 3-0 with a two-run single to center field.

Myers extended the lead to 4-0 in the top of the fifth inning with an RBI triple to center field before scoring on an RBI groundout by junior Hayley Brennan (Indian River H.S./Frankford, Del.) for a five-run cushion.

The Tigers added two more runs in the top of the sixth inning on a pair of unearned runs with one out as Dalton and sophomore Kelsi Bunda (Pennsbury H.S./Yardley, Pa.) scored after a strikeout and throwing error by freshman catcher Alivia Schoff (Rising Sun H.S./Colora, Md.).

In the seventh inning, Holy Family scored three more runs on a two-run single by Bunda and an RBI single by Dalton.

Led by junior Rachael Alligood (Harry S. Truman H.S./Levittown, Pa.), the Tigers held Goldey-Beacom to just four hits en route to the victory. Alligood, who upped her record to 3-3 on the season, did not allow a hit until the sixth inning while posting three strikeouts.

In the second game, the Tigers took advantage of three Goldey-Beacom errors to take a 4-0 lead. After Myers walked to open the inning, she advanced to third base when junior Erin Corrado (St. Mark’s H.S./Fair Hill, Md.) reached on a throwing error by sophomore Asia Ellis (Lenape H.S./Marlton, N.J.).

With two outs in the inning, both Corrado and Myers scored when senior Lindsey Iden(Council Rock North H.S./Rushland, Pa.) tripled to right field. Bunda singled home Iden to increase the advantage to 3-0 before a single by freshman Kristine Casey (Caravel H.S./Newark, Del.) increased the margin to 4-0.

The Lightning narrowed the deficit to 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning when seniorAshley Antosh (Twin Valley H.S./Honey Brook, Pa.) hit an RBI double to right center field.

But, the Lightning were unable to get any closer as junior Victoria Reuscher (Little Flower H.S. for Girls/Cheltenham, Pa.) retired seven of the final eight batters she faced to secure the doubleheader sweep.

Reuscher, who improved to 7-2 on the season, allowed just one run on four hits while recording a pair of strikeouts. She did not walk a batter.

While Alvarado led the Tigers to the doubleheader sweep, Dalton contributed three hits with two runs scored while Myers added three hits with three runs batted in.

Antosh, who fell to 5-7 on the season, scattered five hits while recording a strikeout. She also had two hits in the doubleheader while Schoff added two hits while scoring the Lightning’s lone run.

The Lightning, who have lost five straight games, will begin a four-game road trip on Saturday afternoon when they travel to CACC co-leader Dominican for a pair of conference games beginning at 12 p.m. Meanwhile, the Tigers will host Felician on Saturday in a CACC doubleheader.

Graber shuts out Rutgers-Newark 9-0 

Ewing, NJ … Senior Robert Graber (Franklin Lakes, NJ/Ramapo) tossed the second complete-game shutout of his career as The College of New Jersey defeated Rutgers-Newark 9-0 for its fifth straight victory.

The Lions (11-9, 4-0 NJAC) remained perfect in New Jersey Athletic Conference play winning as it took Graber just 82 pitches to toss nine scoreless innings. He limited the Scarlet Raiders (6-15, 1-3 NJAC) to four hits, struck out six, and walked none.

The top five hitters in the line-up certainly did its job offensively going a combined 13-for-21 with five runs batted in. Seniors Scott Kelly (West Windsor, NJ/West Windsor-North) and Michael Murphy (Staten Island, NY/Staten Island Tech) each collected three hits in the game as did sophomore Anthony Cocuzza (Absecon, NJ/St. Augustine Prep).

Freshman Garen Turner (Hainesport, NJ/Rancocas Valley) belted his first collegiate home run and tripled, while center fielder Joe Dispoto (Nutley, NJ/Nutley) also tripled and had two hits on the day.

After being held to three runs in their win yesterday, TCNJ came out swinging in the first. They scored three runs on four hits to take command of the contest. Turner knocked a ball off the center-field fence for an RBI-triple to put TCNJ on the board. Run-scoring singles by Murphy and Michael Murray (Turnersville, NJ/Phillipsburg) gave the Lions a 3-0 lead in the first.

Two more runs in the second made it a 5-0 game. Sophomore Jake DeWitt (Florence, NJ/Florence) was hit by a pitch and later came around to score on a passed ball. Scott Kelly singled to right field to drive in freshman Mark Mari (Bayonne, NJ/Seton Hall Prep), who had singled to left and the Lions accrued a five-run cushion for Graber.

The 6’ 5” right-hander dominated the Scarlet Raider line-up. He never encountered any real pressure throughout the game as no baserunners reached second base until the sixth inning. Graber faced only 31 batters in the game and was touched for just four singles. He registered his first mound victory of the season and first shutout since April 25, 2011 when blanked William Paterson University 10-0.

Dispoto led off the seventh with a triple. Turner then stepped up and delivered a long, two-run blast over the trees in left-center field. An RBI-groundout by Murray capped the scoring, and the Lions pocketed their fourth straight conference win.

Matt Larangera had two hits for Rutgers-Newark. Brian Kokos and Graham Commesso also had singles for the Scarlet Raiders.

With the three hits, Kelly now has 198 in his career. Only nine players in program history have ever reached the 200-hit plateau. Blake Bullis ’07 holds the all-time record with 238 career hits.

The Lions continue conference play on Saturday, squaring off against Kean University in a doubleheader scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. in Union, NJ.