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Hill, top-ranked MSU shut down Raptors

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (April 6, 2013) – Montclair State University junior Alex Hill (Parsippany, Bbpitch1 NJ/Parsippany Hills) tossed a three-hit shutout in the opening game and picked up the win in relief with 3-2/3 innings of one-hit shutout ball as the nation’s top-ranked team swept a New Jersey Athletic Conference doubleheader from Rutgers University-Camden, 8-0 and 2-0, here Saturday afternoon. The first game was stopped in the fifth inning by the eight-run mercy rule.

The Red Hawks improve to 20-0 overall and 6-0 in the NJAC.

The Scarlet Raptors fall to 16-7 and 2-4.


Rutgers-Camden returns to NJAC action Tuesday with a 3 p.m. doubleheader at The College of New Jersey.

Game 1
Montclair State 8, Rutgers-Camden 0 (5 innings)

Hill, who entered the doubleheader with a 14-0 record, a 0.17 ERA and seven shutouts, tacked on another shutout with her three-hitter, striking out 10 without walking a batter. She was in trouble only once. After the Red Hawks had scored a first-inning run, the first two Raptors reached in the second on a double by freshman pitcher Sam Shockey (Deptford, NJ/Deptford) and a single by senior first baseman Kaitlyn Gaskill (Pennsville, NJ/Pennsville Memorial). She wriggled o

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ut of the first and third situation with a pop out and two strikeouts and allowed only one hit the rest of the way – a third-inning single by senior centerfielder Jackie Leafey (Gloucester City, NJ/Gloucester City).

Montclair State, meanwhile, scored in every inning and collected 13 hits in the game off two Raptor hurlers, including two apiece by four different players. The Red Hawks ended the game by the eight-run rule on a RBI single in the bottom of the fifth by freshman pinch-hitterDana Egan (Middletown, NJ/Middletown North).

Shockey (6-4) allowed nine hits and six earned runs in three innings, walking one and striking out two.

Game 2
Montclair State 2, Rutgers-Camden 0

Ashleigh Johnson...only one earned run against the nation's top-ranked teamHill relieved junior teammate Alison Cullen (Branchburg, NJ/Immaculata) in the fourth inning after singles by Gaskill and senior shortstop Courtney Ray (Gloucester, NJ/Miami Palmetto, FL) put a pair of runners on base with one out. After Hill hit senior rightfielder Christina Tamburrino (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) to load the bases, she escaped the jam on a fly out and an out at third when the Raptors left early trying to tag.

Hill (16-0) finished off the final 3-2/3 innings, allowing one hit, no runs and two walks. She fanned one.

Raptor senior Ashleigh Johnson (Bordentown, NJ/Bordentown Regional) was the tough-luck losing pitcher, allowing only two runs (one earned) in her six-inning complete game. She allowed eight hits and three walks as her record fell to 9-3.

Montclair scored the only run it needed in the second inning on a one-out hit batsman, a two-out walk and a run-scoring single by freshman shortstop Jaclyn Allegretta (Hackensack, NJ/Hackensack). The Red Hawks added an unearned tally in the fifth when junior third baseman Dana Amato (Hillsdale, NJ/Pascack Valley) reached on an infield error. She scored on a RBI double by junior catcher Alisha Cumberton (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East).

Amato went 2-for-3 with one run and Allegretta was 2-for-4 with one RBI for Montclair State.

Leafey went 2-for-2 for the Raptors, while Ray was 2-for-3.


MSU sweeps Rutgers-Camden


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MONTCLAIR, N.J. (April 6, 2013) – The Montclair State University baseball team exploded for seven runs in the seventh inning of the nightcap to break open a tight game and complete a doubleheader sweep over Rutgers University-Camden here Saturday in New Jersey Athletic Conference action.
The Red Hawks won the opener, 7-1, and took the second game, 14-4, to raise their record to 11-8 overall and 3-3 in the NJAC.

The Scarlet Raptors fall to 15-11 and 2-4.

Rutgers-Camden returns to NJAC action Tuesday with a 3 p.m. doubleheader at The College of New Jersey.


Game 1
Montclair State 7, Rutgers-Camden 1

Moments after Rutgers-Camden tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning, Montclair State struck for two runs to take the lead for good. The Red Hawks’ freshman southpaw Michael Macchia (Middletown, NJ/Middletown North) did the rest en route to his first collegiate victory and first complete game. Macchia (1-0) hurled a five-hitter, allowing one earned run. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

The Red Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an error and two hits, including a RBI single by junior second baseman Louis Martini (Flemington, NJ/North Hunterdon). Rutgers-Camden tied the game in the top of the fourth on singles by senior leftfielderBruce Monro (Matawan, NJ/Matawan Regional) and senior first baseman Dave Prager (Deptford, NJ/Deptford), followed by a run-scoring wild pitch, but the Red Hawks bounced back with four hits in a two-run bottom of the frame. 
Luis Maldonado...three hits in twinbill
Junior designated hitter P.J. Jennings (Morris Plains, NJ/Morristown) opened the frame with a double and went to third on a Martini single. Junior catcher Jayson Stolz (Iselin, NJ/John F. Kennedy) and junior rightfielder Connor Abreu (Piscataway, NJ/Piscataway) added RBI singles.

The Red Hawks added two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to put the game away. Senior first baseman Stephen Nappe (Edison, NJ/Edison) led Montclair State’s 14-hit attack off of two Raptor pitchers, going 3-for-5 with one run scored.

Freshman shortstop Joe Sigismondi (Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) went 2-for-3 for Rutgers-Camden.

Junior southpaw Ryan Farabella (Vineland, NJ/Buena Regional) suffered his first loss since transferring to Rutgers-Camden, dropping to 3-1. He worked 6-2/3 innings, allowing 11 hits, five earned runs and four walks. He struck out five.

Game 2
Montclair State 14, Rutgers-Camden 4

Montclair State’s big inning included six hits, two walks and two errors as it sent 13 batters to the plate. Sophomore designated hitterAnderson Rosa (Perth Amboy, NJ/Perth Amboy) opened the frame with a single and later added a two-run single to the uprising. Junior third baseman Juan Perdomo (South Brunswick, NJ/South Brunswick) contributed a two-run double to the inning.

Until that inning, the Scarlet Raptors seemed to be mounting a comeback, rallying from an early 7-0 deficit to cut the game to 7-4 with a run in the fifth and three in the sixth. The Red Hawks, however, took advantage of 15 hits, seven walks and six errors in the game to finish the doubleheader benefiting from 29 hits, 13 walks and seven errors.

Rosa paced the attack in the second game, going 3-for-4 with one run and three RBIs.

Rutgers-Camden’s 11-hit attack included a 2-for-3 game with two runs and one RBI from Sigismondi. He finished his day 4-for-6 with two runs and one RBI.

Junior second baseman Luis Maldonado (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Pennsauken) and senior catcher Shaune Collins (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) also added two hits for the Raptors. Maldonado went 3-for-6 in the doubleheader.


Ewing, NJ... The College of New Jersey softball team remained in a three-way tie for the top spot in the New Jersey Athletic Conference as the Lions swept a doubleheader from Kean University at Dr. June Walker Field on Saturday.

In the opening game, the hosts won 2-1 in eight innings and then completed the sweep with a 4-2 victory in the second contest.

The win put 23rd-ranked TCNJ at 6-0 in conference play as they joined top-ranked Montclair State University and 17th-ranked Rowan University in first-place tie. Overall, TCNJ is 19-5. The two losses dropped the Cougars to 2-4 in league play and 14-10 overall.

Both teams continue conference play next week, with the Lions hosting Rutgers University-Camden on Tuesday, April 9, while the Cougars return home to take on Rutgers-Newark on the same day.

Game 1
TCNJ 2, Kean University 1 (8 innings)
Senior Michelle Casale (Middlesex, NJ/Middlesex) hit a walk-off triple to right center scoring senior Liz Huttner (Princeton Junction, NJ/West Windsor-Plainsboro South) as the Lions scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth innings to rally for a 2-1 win in the opener.

TCNJ tied the game at 1-1 when Huttner reached on an error that allowed junior Kristen Lake (Whitehouse Station, NJ/Hunterdon Central) to race home from third.

Those runs came after Kean plated a run in the top half of the inning when Kelly Moorehead (Hicksville, NY/Hicksville) scored on a run-scoring single by Courtney Melchionna (Linder, NJ/Linden).

Both teams started the eighth inning with a runner on second base with the international tiebreaker rule.

Prior to going into extra innings, the game was dominated by TCNJ pitcher Ashtin Helmer (Succasunna, NJ/Roxbury) and Kean’s Courtney Yard (Stockton, NJ/Hunterdon Central).

Helmer earned the win to move to 10-0 on the season, as she allowed only two hits and an unearned run with nine strikeouts. The run scored in the last inning by the Cougars snapped her scoreless inning streak at 33.1.

Yard yielded just those two unearned runs in the eighth and gave up six hits with six strikeouts.

Senior Kelly Hommen (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) and Lake each finished with two hits in the win.

Game 2
TCNJ 4, Kean University 2
TCNJ started the second game with a bang as Hommen laced a two-run homer to right field in the bottom of the first inning staking the hosts out to a 2-0 lead.

The Cougars cut that score in half an inning later thanks to a RBI single from Melchionna that scored pinch-runner Cat Riechers (Clark, NJ/Arthur L. Johnson). 

The hosts put another two runs on the board in the last of the third when Lake doubled into the gap in right that plated Huttner and Hommen, extending TCNJ’s margin to 4-1.

The Cougars made things interesting in the seventh getting to within 4-2 when Sandra Binkiewicz (Belleville, NJ/Belleville) singled up the middle, but TCNJ’s Alex Carisone (Branchburg, NJ/Rutgers Prep) came in and recorded the final two outs to pick up her first save of the season.

Helmer earned her 11th win of the season, throwing 4.1 innings of relief.


GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University baseball team split a conference doubleheader on Saturday against William Paterson University.  The Pioneers won the first game, 3-2 and the Profs took the second, 6-2.

William Paterson is 15-6 overall and 5-1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. Rowan has a 13-8 record with a 2-3 conference mark.

Right-hander Jeff White (sr. Medford, NJ/Sterling) pitched a complete game for his third win in the nightcap.  He (3-0) scattered eight hits and allowed two earned runs.  White had five strikeouts.  Left-hander James Young (sr. Bayonne, NJ/Bayonne) was the losing pitcher. 

Rowan catcher Stephen Petriello (fr. South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield) was three for four with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored.  First baseman Sean Kelly (sr. North Bergen, NJ/North Bergen) produced two hits (three at bats), a double, two RBIs and one run scored.  Third baseman Kevin McMenamin (so. Maple Shade, NJ/Maple Shade) and second baseman Mark Benak (jr. South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield) registered two hits apiece.  Benak also scored one run.  Designated hitter Connor Grant (jr. Shrewsbury, NJ/Red Bank Reg.) posted two hits (three at bats) and one RBI.

For William Paterson, catcher Vin Fondacaro (sr. Pompton Plains, NJ/Pequannock Twp.) went two for four with one RBI and one run scored.  Shortstop Rob Pasternack (jr. South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield) contributed with two hits (four at bats) and one RBI, while third baseman Rich Guillod (jr. Closter, NJ/Northern Valley-Demarest) had two hits (four at bats), a double and one run scored.  First baseman Trevor Haughney (jr. Old Briddge, NJ/Old Bridge) added two hits in three trips to the plate.

The Profs got on the scoreboard with two runs in the first inning.  Petriello knocked in right fielder Nick Kreiger (so. Manalapan, NJ/Manalapan) with a double.  Grant’s single to right center, scored Petriello.  The Pioneers trailed 2-1 after one run in the second.  Pasternak posted a base hit that scored Fondacaro.  

Rowan led 6-1 after one run in the third inning and three in the fourth.  Kelly crossed the plate on a sac fly by center fielder Eric Perez (jr. Fords, NJ/Woodbridge) in the third.  Petriello had a RBI single in the fourth inning and Kelly recorded a two RBI double.  Williams, Benak and Petriello all scored one run. William Paterson’s second run came in the eighth inning.  Fondacaro singled home Guillod.   
Left-hander Tim O’Shea (sr. Oak Ridge, NJ/Jefferson Twp.) was the winning pitcher in the opener.  In eight innings, he (3-0) gave up five hits and two earned runs.  O’Shea struck out seven batters.  Righty Frankie Colasante (fr. Paramus, NJ/Paramus) threw the ninth inning for his second save.  Right-hander Steven Melchiorre (sr. Atco, NJ/Hammonton) had the loss.  He (2-3) allowed six hits and three unearned runs.  Melchiorre totaled nine strikeouts.

The Pioneers scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning for the victory.  Second baseman Scott Ptaszynski (jr. Wharton, NJ/Morris Hills) reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring designated hitter Mike Arnold (so. Dumont, NJ/Dumont).  Left fielder Tyler Garguilo (fr. Paramus, NJ/Paramus, NJ) crossed the plate for the winning run while Guillod was at bat and got on with a fielder’s choice.

Haughney was two for three while Pasternack and Arnold each contributed with one hit and one run scored.  For Rowan, left fielder Rich Powelson (so. Shamong, NJ/Seneca) had two hits (four at bats) and one run scored.  Shortstop Ryan Williams (so. Southampton, NJ/Seneca) had a double, one RBI and one run scored.

The Pioneers had a 1-0 advantage when Pasternack came home on an error in the fifth inning.  The Profs took the lead with two runs in the bottom half.  Powelson scored on a double by Williams. Benak grounded out and Williams crossed the plate.

Rowan has a rescheduled game at Richard Stockton College on Monday, April 8 at 3:30 p.m.

Temple 3, La Salle 0

AMBLER, Pa. – Temple’s Eric Peterson shutout the Blue and Gold on Saturday afternoon, forfeiting only one hit in the ninth inning in a 3-0 Owl victory at Skip Wilson Field. The Explorers fell to 10-16 (5-3 A-10) on the year while Temple improved to 11-15 (3-5 A-10).

Peterson hit two batters and walked another, but did not surrender a hit until the ninth inning when freshman Joey Ravert (1-3) laced a double to spoil the no-hit bid. Senior Dan Klem (0-3, BB) reached base via walk while George Smith, Jr. (0-2, HBP) and Mark Williams (0-1, HBP) both were hit by pitches.

Temple scored one in the third, one in the fourth, and one in the sixth, giving Peterson ample insurance to cruise to a victory.

Sophomore Mark Williams started the game on the hill for the Explorers and took the loss (0-1), allowing one earned run in three innings. The Blue and Gold trotted four more arms out to the mound on the afternoon, allowing six Owl hits.

The city-rivals will play the series rubber match tomorrow at 1 PM. 


GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University softball team shut out New Jersey City University, 
8-0 (5 inn.) and 6-0 on Saturday afternoon.  First baseman Stephanie Labas broke the Profs’ career home run record in the first game.

Labas (sr. Millville, NJ/Millville) has six home runs this season for a career total of 26.  She shared the previous mark (25) with Nicolina Veneziano (2009-12). Rowan, ranked 17th, is 23-3 overall and 6-0 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC).  The Profs have a 19-game win streak.  NJCU has a 10-13 record with a 0-6 conference mark.      

Right-hander LeAnne Miller (sr. Vineland, NJ/Vineland) went three innings for the win in the opener.  Miller (13-2) only allowed two hits and had four strikeouts. Righty Allison Nolan (fr. Middletown, NJ/Middletown S.) was on the mound for the last two innings.  Right-hander Ashley O’Beirne (sr. Wood-Ridge, NJ/Immaculate Conception) took the loss.  

Labas ended the game with three RBIs and two runs scored.  Second baseman Alysa Romero (so. Newfield, NJ/Vineland) contributed with a triple and two RBIs. Designated player Ashley DeYoung (fr. Oakland, NJ/Indian Hills) was two for two with a double, one RBI and one run scored.  Shortstop Shilah Snead (fr. Malaga, NJ/Delsea Reg.) added one hit (two at bats) and two runs scored.  Catcher Meagan Lee (jr. Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest) and third baseman Jess Phillips (so. Woolwich, NJ/Kingsway Reg.) each chipped in with one hit and one run scored.  Center fielder Shannon Costello (so. East Brunswick, NJ/East Brunswick) had a double and one RBI.

Rowan led 3-0 after the first inning.  Snead came home on a ground out by Labas. Romero’s triple, scored DeYoung and Lee.  In the third, Labas led off with a home run to right field.  Pinch runner Christina Lee (fr. Galloway, NJ/Absegami) crossed the plate on a double by Costello.  The Profs added three more runs in the fourth inning.  Phillips scored on a fielder’s choice with Labas at bat and Snead followed home on an error.  DeYoung knocked in Labas with a double.

In the second contest, right-hander Beth Ann Hyland (fr. East Brunswick, NJ/East Brunswick) earned the win in relief.  She (2-0) threw 4.1 innings and did not allow a hit.  O’Beirne was on the mound again for the Gothic Knights.

Romero led the Profs with two hits (three at bats), three RBIs and a home run. DeYoung produced one hit, one RBI and one run scored.  Left fielder Jennifer Arcella (jr. Hillside, NJ/Pascack Valley) and Labas had one hit and one run scored apiece.  Snead registered one hit, three stole bases and two runs scored.  

In the first inning, Snead reached base with a single and later went home on a passed ball.  Rowan was ahead 3-0 after two runs in the third.  Arcella got on with an error and Snead scored.  DeYoung had a base hit that brought Arcella home. Rowan had a three-run homer by Romero in the fifth inning.  It was her third home run on the season.

Next week, Rowan hosts conference opponent Richard Stockton College on Tuesday, April 9 at 3 p.m.

TCNJ drops twinbill to sixth-ranked Kean

Union, NJ … A bases loaded single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Kean University a 5-4 victory and doubleheader sweep over The College of New Jersey on Saturday afternoon in Union, NJ.

The Lions (11-11, 4-2 NJAC) dropped their first two conference games of the season and saw their five-game win streak come to a close as the sixth-ranked Cougars (21-5, 5-1 NJAC) took the opener 13-5.

Game 1:  Kean 13  TCNJ 5

TCNJ had its five-game winning streak snapped as Kean scored runs in each of the first five innings and in six out of eight offensive frames. 

Trailing 1-0 in the second, the Lions got a run back when Michael Murphy (Staten Island, NY/Staten Island Tech) led off the inning with a single. He advanced on a sacrifice bunt from shortstop Anthony Cocuzza (Absecon, NJ/St. Augustine Prep) and came around to score when sophomore Josh Limon (Eastampton, NJ/Rancocas Valley) singled through the middle. It was Limon’s first at bat after missing four games with an injury.

The Cougars erupted for four runs on five hits in the second and tacked on two more in the third, fourth, and fifth to push ahead 11-1.

Cocuzza tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the sixth. Freshman Garen Turner (Hainesport, NJ/Rancocas Valley) knocked in a run off a fielder’s choice in the seventh and Cocuzza reach and then scored on an error in the eighth.

Murphy, Cocuzza, and Limon each finished with two hits. Senior Rob Vafiadou (Old Bridge, NJ/Old Bridge) came in to play second base and stroked two hits in two at bats.

Junior Brendan Kelly (Butler, NJ/Butler) absorbed his second loss of the season and fell to 4-2. Rookie Michael Correa (Freehold, NJ/Freehold Twp.) came out of the bullpen to toss three-plus innings of relief and junior Alan Genitempo (Nutley, NJ/Nutley) surrendered an unearned run in the eighth despite giving up no hits.

Nick Zucchero was the winning pitcher, tossing six innings and striking out four for the Cougars. Nick Ramagli and Salvatore Taromina had three hits apiece. Shane Alvarez and Tyler Smarslok each had two hits and scored three runs.

Game 2:  Kean 5  TCNJ 4 (10 innings)

A tenth-inning single by Joe O’Connor with the bases loaded gave Kean a come-from-behind 5-4 victory in the nightcap. Trailing 4-2 entering the bottom of the eighth inning, the Cougars scored single runs in the eighth, ninth, and tenth innings to capture their 21st win of the season.

Freshman Steven Volpe (Cherry Hill, NJ/Rancocas Valley) allowed just one hit over seven innings, but did not factor into the decision. He surrendered three runs (two earned), and with his pitch count climbing, left the game in the eighth after walking the leadoff and holding a 4-2 lead. 

In the bottom of the first, the Cougars plated a pair of runs to end a scoreless streak of 23 innings for Volpe. That matched the program mark by set by Dave Dudek ’94 in 1993. Even more impressive is that Volpe achieved the feat in the first 23 innings of his collegiate career.

Down 2-0 in the second, Murphy doubled to left leading off the inning. He moved to third on a ground ball and scored on a groundout to short by sophomore Michael Murray (Turnersville, NJ/Phillipsburg) to the deficit in half

TCNJ tied the game in the sixth when junior Joe Dispoto (Nutley, NJ/Nutley) led off with a bunt single. He later scored in the inning on a two-out single by Cocuzza.

The Lions took the lead with two runs in the seventh. Murray doubled and scored on a throwing error by the catcher off of a sacrifice bunt from junior Paul Searles (Holmdel, NJ/Holmdel). Dispoto hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning to plate Searles, giving TCNJ a 4-2 advantage.

Kean cut the lead to 4-3 in the eighth by manufacturing a run without a ball leaving the infield. In the ninth, the Lions were one out away from a win before an infield single to shortstop by Ryan Kelley scored O’Connor with the tying run. O’Connor had walked with one out, stole second, and moved to third on a ground out.

Shane Alvarez doubled to open the bottom of the tenth and advanced to third on a bunt. After intentionally walking the next two hitters, O’Connor came through with a base hit to right to end the game.

Cocuzza and Murphy both finished with two hits in the game. Cocuzza has now hit in 12 straight games.

The Lions will play host to St. Joseph’s College of Long Island on Tuesday at 3:30 in George Ackerman Park. The rescheduled game with Gwynedd-Mercy College for Monday has been postponed.


Papi Ninth-Inning Grand Slam Lifts No. 4 Baseball to 7-6 Win at Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Down to its final strike with two outs in the ninth inning, the No. 4 Virginia baseball team rallied for a 7-6 victory over Wake Forest Saturday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. Mike Papi (So., Tunkhannock, Pa.) hit a two-out grand slam off Wake Forest closer Connor Kaden to give UVa a 7-6 lead, capping a five-run, ninth-inning comeback.

Virginia (28-3, 10-3 ACC) now has won all five of its ACC series openers. Game two of the series is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday, while the finale is set for 7 p.m. Monday and will be televised by ESPNU.

Virginia trailed 6-1 after the fourth inning, but the Cavaliers’ pitching staff shut out the Demon Deacons (17-15, 4-9) on four hits over the final five innings to set up Papi’s heroics. 
The Cavaliers’ three through five hitters, Joe McCarthy (Fr., Scranton, Pa.), Brandon Downes (So., South Plainfield, N.J.) and Papi, had six of Virginia’s nine hits as each picked up a pair of hits. Until the ninth inning, UVa had been frustrated offensively with seven hits and eight men left on base. 

UVa reliever Whit Mayberry (R-Jr., Alexandria, Va.) worked two scoreless innings to claim the win and improve to 3-0. Kyle Crockett (Jr., Poquoson, Va.) struck out the side in the ninth to earn his fifth save. 

Virginia starting pitcher Brandon Waddell (Fr., Houston, Texas) had one bad inning but still went six innings. He gave up six runs (five earned), nine hits and one walk while striking out four. 
Kaden (0-2) took the loss after giving up a pair of ninth-inning runs. Wake Forest starter Matt Pirro pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs, five hits and four walks while striking out four. 
Trailing 6-2 entering the ninth inning, Virginia’s dramatic rally started with patience at the plate, as the Cavaliers loaded the bases with none out when reliever Nico Spezial walked the bases loaded. Jared King (R-Sr., Radford, Va.) hit a sacrifice fly to deep right against Kaden to bring in Reed Gragnani (Sr., Richmond, Va.) and cut the lead to 6-3. 

The Cavaliers again loaded the bases on a McCarthy infield single, but Kaden got the second out by inducing Downes to pop up. In a quick 0-2 hole, Papi fouled off a pair of pitches before cranking the next offering over the right-center field wall for a grand slam to give UVa the 7-6 advantage. It marked his third home run of the year and his second game-winner; he also hit the go-ahead solo home run in the 11th inning at Clemson on March 15. 

Crockett then needed just 13 pitches to strike out the side in the bottom of the ninth
The teams traded runs in the first inning. The Cavaliers produced a run as King drew a one-out walk, advanced to third on a hit-and-run single by McCarthy and scored on a single by Downes. Wake Forest countered with an unearned run as Evan Stephens reached on a throwing error by Nick Howard (So., Olney, Md.), moved to second a sacrifice bunt and scored when Pat Blair singled to right. 

UVa failed to take advantage of scoring opportunities in the third and fourth innings. UVa put runners on first and second base with none out in the third inning and a runner on second to start the fourth, but in each instance failed to score after not getting a bunt down. 

The Demon Deacons moved ahead by sending eight batters to the plate and scoring five times in the fourth inning. Blair and Matt Conway hit back-to-back singles to start the frame and then combined on a double steal. Waddell got Jack Carey to ground out weakly to first base, and Kevin Conway followed with a dribbler to first, with Blair scoring as the out was recorded. Brett Armour then cranked a single through the left side of the infield to score Matt Conway. Conor Keniry followed with a single and Joey Rodriguez took a hanging breaking ball and lined it over the left-field wall for a three-run homer to give Wake a 6-1 edge. 

The Cavaliers chipped a run from the lead in the seventh inning when King hit a sacrifice fly to score Gragnani. 

Freshman Outfielder Posts Five Hits as Chargers Remain Undefeated in Conference Play

ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – Freshman outfielder Shannon Haukap (Meadowdale H.S./Edmonds, Wash.) had five hits, including three home runs, and scored four runs as Dominican College (14-12, 10-0) extended its win streak to six straight games by sweeping a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader over Goldey-Beacom College (9-17, 5-9) at the Dominican College Softball Field on Saturday afternoon.

After posting a 9-1 victory in a five-inning game to open the doubleheader, the Chargers completed the sweep by erupting for a season-high 12 runs en route to a 12-4 triumph in the nightcap.

In the first game, Haukap gave Dominican a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI double before senior Julie Plante (Joseph Case H.S./Swansea, Mass.) added a sacrifice fly to right field to score Haukap.

The Lightning cut the margin to 2-1 in the top of the third inning when sophomore utility player Samantha Alonzo (Roy C. Ketcham H.S./Wappinger Falls, N.Y.) hit an RBI single with one out in the inning.

A pair of home runs in the bottom of the third inning upped the Chargers’ advantage to 7-1. After Dominican opened the inning with a single by senior Delaney Childers (Johnstown-Monroe H.S./Johnstown, Ohio) and a walk by freshman Kimberly Ragazzo (Lawrenceville H.S./Lawrenceville, N.J.), senior catcher Ashley Corrao (Tottenville H.S./Staten Island, N.Y.) blasted a three-run home run to increase the margin to 5-1.

After junior Paige Berzak (Pacifica H.S./Cypress, Calif.) singled, junior Roni Peters (Leonardtown H.S./Leonardtown, Md.) recorded a strikeout. But, Haukap hit her second home run of the season with a two-run blast on the ensuing at-bat to give Dominican a six-run lead.

The Chargers added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on RBI singles by Corrao and senior Kathryn Coles (Prince Edward H.S./Farmville, Va.) to extend the lead to 9-1 before freshman Elizabeth Hogan (Leigh H.S./San Jose, Calif.) held the Lightning to a single in the top of the fifth inning to secure the eight-run victory.

Sophomore Asia Ellis (Lenape H.S./Marlton, N.J.) gave Goldey-Beacom a 1-0 lead in the second game when she hit her first home run of the season, a solo shot to lead off the top of the second inning. It was the first home run hit by a Lightning player this season.
But, the Chargers answered in the bottom of the inning when Haukap hit her third home run of the season, a three-run shot off senior Ashley Antosh (Twin Valley H.S./Honey Brook, Pa.) to give the Chargers a two-run edge.

Hogan upped the Dominican advantage to 4-1 in the bottom of the third inning with an RBI single before the Chargers added four more runs in the fourth inning for a commanding 8-1 lead. After Ragazzo hit an RBI single with two outs, Corrao doubled home two runs for a 7-1 advantage. Berzak added an RBI single to increase the margin to 8-1 before Antosh retired Hogan to end the inning.

The Lightning scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning to trim the margin to 8-4. After Antosh drove in a run with a double, she scored on an RBI double by freshman Taylor Ewing (North Dorchester H.S./Hurlock, Md.) to close the gap to 8-3.

Peters added an RBI single with one out in the inning to narrow the deficit to four runs.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Chargers secured the victory by scoring four runs on a three-run home run by Haukap and an RBI single by Corrao.

Haukap led the Chargers to the doubleheader sweep by going 5-for-7 with nine runs batted in. Meanwhile, Corrao added four hits with seven runs batted in and three runs scored.

Alonzo led the Lightning with three hits in the doubleheader.

The Lightning, who have lost seven games in a row, will travel to Mercy College on Monday afternoon for a non-conference doubleheader against the Mavericks at 2 p.m.