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ROWAN BASEBALL BLANKS RICHARD STOCKTON, 13-0 IN FIRST ROUND OF NJAC

April 30, 2013

GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University baseball team shut out Richard Stockton College, 13-0 in the first round of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Championship Tournament on Tuesday.

In the second round on Thursday, Rowan (29-12), the third seed, travels to the second seed William Paterson University (27-11) for a 3:30 p.m. game. In the other first round games, the top seed Kean University defeated the sixth seed The College of New Jersey, 8-3. William Paterson had a 6-1 win over the fifth seed Ramapo College.


Right-hander Steven Melchiorre (sr. Atco, NJ/Hammonton) was the winning pitcher. He (6-3) threw seven innings and only allowed four hits. He struck out five batters. Left-hander Adam Warburton (jr. Sewell, NJ/Washington Twp.) had the loss. He (4-4) gave up seven hits and seven runs, six earned.

Left fielder Nick Kreiger (so. Manalapan, NJ/Manalapan) led way with three hits (five at bats), four RBIs and one run scored. Center fielder Eric Perez (jr. Fords, NJ/Woodbridge) and shortstop Ryan Williams (so. Southampton, NJ//Seneca) each contributed with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Right fielder Eric Sellitto (jr. Medford, NJ/Shawnee) was two for four with two RBIs and one run scored.

First baseman Sean Kelly (sr. North Bergen, NJ/North Bergen) collected three hits (four at bats), a double, one RBI and three runs scored. Designated hitter Casey Grimes (so. Gibbstown, NJ/Paulsboro) chipped in with two hits and two runs scored. Third baseman Kevin McMenamin (so. Maple Shade, NJ/Maple Shade) and left fielder Scott Bruno (jr. Middletown, NJ/Middletown S.) each added one hit and scored one run. Bruno’s hit was a double.

For the Ospreys, first baseman Erik Danser (so. Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) had two hits in three at bats. Center fielder Mike Bush (jr. Manahawkin, NJ/Southern Reg.), third baseman Travis Marra (jr. Toms River, NJ/Toms River E.), second baseman Justin Gordon (sr. Brick, NJ/Brick Mem.) and catcher Andy Oliver (so. Penns Grove, NJ/Penns Grove) all produced one hit.

The double elimination tournament moves to the highest overall remaining seed on Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5. The NJAC champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Ticket prices for all rounds are $5 for adults and $2 for students with ID, senior citizens and children.

This is Rowan’s 11th straight appearance in the NJAC Championship Tournament. The Profs have won 13 conference championships (2004, 2003, 1999, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1973, 1971, 1970, 1968, 1967, 1965 and 1958). Kean is the defending conference champion and has five NJAC titles and three straight. William Paterson has won the conference championship 12 times, while TCNJ has eight. Ramapo was the NJAC champion twice. Richard Stockton is looking to capture its first conference title.

The schedule for the NJAC Baseball Championship Tournament is below. Results and the updated schedule for the conference tournament will be available at rowanathletics.com andnjacsports.com.


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