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College Softball/Baseball Report for Saturday's Games

All games played on April 20, 2013

No. 7 Virginia Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader Against No. 5 Florida State  Catch90
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The seventh-ranked Virginia baseball team swept a doubleheader against fifth-ranked Florida State Saturday at Davenport Field, running away with a 9-2 victory in game one before one-hitting the Seminoles, 2-0, in the nightcap. Virginia (34-6, 15-5 ACC) swept a doubleheader for the first time in program history against Florida State (31-8, 13-7) while clinching its sixth ACC series win in seven tries this year.
Virginia’s pitching stole the spotlight Saturday, giving up just seven hits in the two wins. The Cavaliers limited Florida State to one hit in the second game and fired the first one-hitter against the Seminoles since Miami did so on May 1, 1998. UVa received tremendous starts from Brandon Waddell (Fr., Houston, Texas) and Scott Silverstein (R-Sr., Olney, Md.) to key the victories. 
Derek Fisher (So., Rexmont, Pa.) highlighted the Cavaliers’ doubleheader offense, going 3-for-6 with a home run in the doubleheader. Seven of the Cavaliers’ 11 runs in the two games came with two outs.
UVa drew 8,910 fans for the doubleheader, including a sellout crowd of 4,980 in the second game. The Sunday game also is sold out. Virginia students still will be admitted with valid ID. A live video broadcast will be available on VirginiaSports.com through a Cavaliers Live subscription. WINA 1070-AM will have the live radio broadcast in the Charlottesville area.

 

Seniors Say Farewell in Style; Wilmington Softball Sweeps Nyack, 8-1 and 3-0, on Senior Day

NEW CASTLE, Del. - - A big sixth inning in the first game and a strong pitching performance in game two helped lead the Wilmington University softball team to a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference sweep over Nyack, 8-1 and 3-0, on Senior Day at Asbury Field on Saturday afternoon.

Jillian Stafford did all for the Wildcats (28-16, 15-5 CACC) in the first contest, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI’s, and a run scored, while also tossing a complete game one-hitter, striking out seven Nyack (5-26, 1-23 CACC) batter to earn the win. Katie Warrington matched a season high with 17 strikeouts in the nightcap, helping the Wildcats to their eighth straight victory and 16th in their last 18 games.

Stafford and Warrington were among six seniors recognized prior to the doubleheader as a part of Senior Day. Although only Brooke Berger has been a four year member of the team, the senior class has now led the program to 103 wins, 62 in the CACC, in the past four seasons. In addition to Berger, Warrginton and Stafford, Christin Headley, Skye Boris, and Shelby Thompson were also honored prior to playing in their last regular season weekend contest at Asbury Field.

Not to be outdone by her senior teammates, freshman Brook Ash made a name for herself as well, setting a new mark for a single season in Wilmington history. With one out in the third inning of game one, Ash beat out a throw on a single back to the pitcher, collecting her 63rd hit of the 2013 season. She set a new single season mark for hits, moving ahead of Lindsay Watson who had 62 hits in 2009.

Cambria Ziemba tied the first game with a second inning bloop single over the head of the third baseman, scoring Boris who singled to start the inning. Stafford then gave the Wildcats the lead for good in the third inning, doubling home Ash for the 2-1 lead. But the Wildcats left the bases loaded in the inning, unable to stretch the lead.

After a quiet fourth inning, back-to-back two out doubles by Stafford and Boris gave the Wildcats an insurance run, 3-1, before the bats broke out in the sixth.

With a pair of runners on, Thompson singled through the right side for the first run of the inning before Headley singled with the bases loaded, scoring one more. Stafford followed with another RBI single before a walk to Boris forced in another run. During the next at bat to Berger, Headley lost track of the count and wondered off third base too far, heading towards home on what thought to be ball four. After a brief rundown, Headley was able to slip the tag of the catch and touch home for the final run of the inning. Stafford took care of the rest with a 1-2-3 top of the seventh inning.

The second game was a Warrington pitching clinic as she only allowed two hits in seven innings, needing 94 pitches to strikeout 17 batters in the complete game victory.

The only run Warrington would need came in the fourth inning, as Boris doubled over the head of the left fielder, scoring Stafford from first base. The pitcher received insurance runs in the sixth inning, however, as the Wildcats hit four consecutive singles to start the inning, capped by Boris’ two run single to left center.

Warrington responded with three more strikeouts in the top of the seventh, securing the doubleheader sweep on Senior Day. The senior improved to 14-3 from inside the circle on the year.

Stafford went a combined 5-for-7 on the afternoon, hitting three doubles while knocking in two runners. Boris hit 5-for-6 with five RBI’s and two doubles. Ash finished 3-for-7 on the day to bring her average to .430 on the year, second in the CACC.

Wilmington has Sunday off but will get back into CACC action on Monday, making up a postponed doubleheader with Holy Family. The games will be played at Helen Randle Park in Newtown, Pa., with the first pitch of game one scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

Wilmington Baseball ‘Squeezes’ Out a CACC Doubleheader Sweep, 8-2 and 1-0, over Nyack

NEW CASTLE, Del. - - The Wilmington University baseball team got back on track in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, sweeping a doubleheader from Nyack, 8-2 and 1-0, on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.

Although being out hit in the pair of games, the Wildcats (30-12, 14-3 CACC) capitalized on four Nyack (9-20, 6-9 CACC) errors in the first game, scoring five unearned runs to snap a two game conference skid. The team utilized its small-ball ability in game two, using an eighth inning walk to score the second game’s lone run to secure the sweep.

Senior Dave Hatt improved to 6-0 with the win in game one, striking out eight batter while only allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits. Armando Estrada tossed a scoreless eighth before Peter Monahan came on to secure the first victory with a scoreless ninth.

Josh Hampton got the Wildcats on the board first with a run in the bottom of the first inning, scoring Jordan Johnson on an RBI groundout. Matt Lopes singled home Joe Marciano a batter later to give the home team a 2-0 lead after the first inning.

Jonathan Rodriguez singled home a run in the third inning after a Hampton knocked another run in on a ground ball. After the first three innings, Hatt held a 5-1 advantage and was able to cruise.

Another unearned run and another run scored on a wild pitch in the fourth gave the Wildcats a 7-2 advantage before Samluk singled home Sam Goines in the fifth with the game’s final run.

Johnson went 2-for-4 in the first game, scoring a team high three runs. Samluk was the only other Wildcat to collect more than one hit, going 2-for-2 with a sacrifice, a run scored and an RBI.

The second game was an old fashioned pitcher’s duel, as Samluk and Nyack’s Erik Puterio were toe to toe through the first six innings. Samluk went the first six innings of the game, striking out four Warriors while allowing six hits and two walks. Puterio retired 10 straight batters ending the seventh inning, finishing the day with two strikeouts, two walks, and three hits. Nyack also turned two double-plays in the early going to help their game two starter.

Tyler Fries came on to pitch a scoreless seventh, following by Nick Marics’ scoreless eighth inning.

With the 10 consecutive Wildcats being retired, Jon Castro came on to pinch hit in the bottom of the eighth inning and worked seven pitch walk to start the inning. Brendan Fallers moved Castro to second with his team leading 12th sacrifice bunt of the season. With Johnson up and the infield drawn in a step, Castro swiped third, sliding to the back of the back to avoid the late tag. On the next pitch, Johnson squeezed home Castro, putting one in front of the pitcher who’s toss was too late as Castro slid head first ahead of the play.

Jarrett Shaffer came on in the ninth and allowed a two out single, but shut the door on the Warriors as the runner never moved past first base. It was Shaffer’s third save of the season with Marics improving to 3-3 with the win in the scoreless eighth inning.

Goines went 2-for-3 in the nightcap while Hampton was the only other Wildcat to collect a hit in the second game.

The Wildcats have three nonconference games this week before returning to the CACC, making up a couple games from earlier rainouts this season. The team will host West Chester in a doubleheader on Tuesday, with the first game being a makeup from an earlier postponement. The first pitch against the defending NCAA Division II National Champions will be at 1:00 p.m. at Wilson Field.

ROWAN BASEBALL TAKES TWO AT MONTCLAIR STATE, 3-2 AND 7-6

MONTCLAIR, NJ – The Rowan University baseball team won two conference games, 3-2 and  7-6 at Montclair State University on Saturday.  

The Profs are 24-10 overall and 9-5 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.  The Red Hawks have a 12-15-1 record with a 4-9-1 conference mark.  

In the opener, right-hander Steven Melchiorre (sr. Atco, NJ/Hammonton) was the winning pitcher.  He (4-3) went 8.1 innings and gave up two earned runs. Melchiorre struck out 10 batters.  Righty Dylan Johannink (so. Medford Lakes, NJ/Shawnee) was on the mound for the final two outs for his second save. Left-hander Dylan Papa (jr. South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield) took the loss. He (2-4) allowed seven hits and three earned runs.

Profs’ first baseman Sean Kelly (sr. North Bergen, NJ/North Bergen) was two for four with a home run.  Catcher Stephen Petriello (fr. South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield) contributed with two hits (four at bats) and one RBI.  Right fielder Eric Sellitto (jr. Medford, NJ/Shawnee) had two hits in four at bats. Center fielder Eric Perez (jr. Fords, NJ/Woodbridge) added one hit and one run scored.  Shortstop Ryan Williams (so. Southampton, NJ/Seneca) scored one run.  

For the Red Hawks, first baseman Stephen Nappe (sr. Edison, NJ/Edison) went three for four with a home run and two runs scored.  Designated hitter Anderson Rosa (so. Perth Amboy, NJ/Perth Amboy) produced two hits (four at bats) and one run scored.  Center fielder Jose Carlos Padilla (sr. Bergenfield, NJ/Bergenfield) added two hits.

In the fourth inning, MSU tied the score at two with a RBI single by Rosa.  Kelly led off the sixth with home run, which was the winning run of the game.  It was his third home run on the season.  

The Red Hawks scored first in the second inning with a homer by Nappe. Rowan took the lead (2-1) in the third.  Petriello knocked in Perez and Williams with a single.    

Right-hander Jeff White (sr. Medford, NJ/Sterling) had the win in the nightcap. He (5-0) went 7.1 innings and allowed four earned runs.  Righty Patrick D’Ascenzo (so. Haddon Heights, NJ/Haddon Heights) earned his fourth save. Right-hander Jake Campbell (sr. Sayreville, NJ/Sayreville) had the loss on the mound.  He (0-2) gave up 11 hits and six runs, one earned.

Williams went two for four with a double, two RBIs and one run scored.  Kelly registered two hits (five at bats), one RBI and one run scored.  Sellitto was two for four with one RBI.  Perez contributed with two hits (three at bats) and one run scored.  Designated hitter Casey Grimes (so. Gibbstown, NJ/Paulsboro) chipped in with one hit, two RBIs and one run scored.  Second baseman Mark Benak (jr. South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield) added two hits and scored one run.  Kreiger collected two hits (three at bats), one RBI and one run scored.

Padilla was two for four with two runs scored.  Right fielder Timothy Byron (jr. East Hanover, NJ/Hanover Park) produced a triple and two RBIs.  Third baseman Connor Abreu (jr. Piscataway, NJ/Piscataway) totaled two hits (five at bats), a double, one RBI and one run scored.  Nappe had a double and one RBI. Second baseman Lou Martini (jr. Flemington, NJ/North Hunterdon) registered one hit and two RBIs.  

The game was scoreless after five innings.  All seven of Rowan’s runs came in the sixth.  Kelly had a RBI single, scoring Grimes.  Sellitto’s base hit through the left side sent home Kelly.  Williams knocked in two runs with a base hit to center field.  Kreiger had a single to center field and Williams crossed the plate. Grimes drove in two runs with a single through the left side.

MSU followed with two runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.  With two outs, Byron tripled in the two runs in the ninth.  The Red Hawks trailed by one (7-6).  D’Ascenzo came in the game for the third out, which was a ground out to Williams.       

Rowan has a rescheduled game at York College (PA) on Monday, April 22 at 4 p.m.

MICHELLE FOSTER LEADS GOLDEY-BEACOM TO CACC DOUBLEHEADER SPLIT AGAINST CALDWELL
 
Junior Outfielder Moves Into 7th Place on Lightning’s All-Time Hits List With Four Hits

WILMINGTON, Del. – Junior outfielder Michelle Foster (Overbrook H.S./West Berlin, N.J.) had four hits and scored the game-winning run in the second game as Goldey-Beacom College (10-28, 6-16) earned a split of its Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader against Caldwell College (33-8, 21-3) at the Jackson Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon.

After dropping a 12-1 decision in a five-inning affair in the first game, the Lightning snapped an 18-game losing streak by rallying to post a 2-1 victory in the nightcap. It was the Lightning’s first win since Mar. 30 against Post.

The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning of the second game when a throwing error by junior Ashley Zaccaria (Gloucester City H.S./Gloucester City, N.J.) allowed sophomore Alyssa Calderon (Etiwanda H.S./Fontana, Calif.) to score.

But, the Lightning answered in the bottom of the second inning when senior Ashley Antosh (Twin Valley H.S./Honey Brook, Pa.) tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right field that scored sophomore Samantha Alonzo (Roy C. Ketcham H.S./Wappinger Falls, N.Y.) for the tying run.

In the bottom of the third inning, the Lightning took the lead at 2-1 when a sacrifice fly by sophomore Asia Ellis (Lenape H.S./Marlton, N.J.) allowed Foster to score for the one-run advantage.

From there, junior Courtney Dolson (Gloucester H.S./Gloucester, N.J.) held Caldwell to just one hit over the final four innings en route to her second victory of the season. Dolson, who improved to 2-9 with the win, scattered three hits and allowed just one unearned run.

In the first game, the Cougars exploded for five runs on four hits in the first inning to take a commanding 5-0 lead. After freshman Brielle Reighn (Triton Regional H.S./Runnemeade, N.J.) gave the Cougars a 1-0 edge with a single to right center field, Calderon added an RBI double to right field to increase the margin to 2-0.

After a triple from senior Dia Cascone (Susan E. Wagner H.S./Staten Island, N.Y.) extended the Caldwell cushion to 4-0, sophomore Briana Gaspich drove in a run with a ground out to make it a 5-0 game.

The Lightning trimmed the deficit to 5-1 in the bottom of the first inning after junior Roni Peters (Leonardtown H.S./Leonardtown, Md.) scored on a throwing error.

However, the Cougars scored seven unanswered runs over the next two innings to claim a 12-1 lead they did not relinquish.

Reighn led the Cougars to the victory in the first game by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three runs batted in. Meanwhile, Cascone added three runs batted in while collecting two hits with a pair of runs scored.

In leading the Lightning to the doubleheader sweep, Foster also moved into seventh place on the Lightning’s all-time hits list and now has 119 hits in her college career. Peters also added two hits in the doubleheader.

The Lightning, who have earned 9 of their 10 wins this season at home, will continue a six-game homestand on Sunday afternoon by hosting Chestnut Hill College in a CACC doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Cougars, who have lost four of their last five games after a school-record 27-game win streak, will host Pace University in a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday at 12 p.m.

 

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