The Warhawks improved to 3-1 in their opening four games of the season. Rutgers-Camden fell to 2-8 with its eighth straight defeat, with all games coming at the RussMatt Florida Central Invitational.
Connor Hall...100th career hitThe decisive seventh inning started with a one-out single by senior second baseman Nick Kuhlmann (Minneapolis, MN/Minneapolis Southwest). An errant pickoff throw advanced him to second base and he scored on a single down the right field line by senior left fielder Kyle Haen (Madison, WI/Edgewood). Haen advanced to second on a throw home, stole third and scored on an infield error on a ball hit by senior shortstop Mikole Pierce (DePere, WI/DePere). Junior first baseman Casey Power (Ontario, Canada/Belle River) added a RBI double, advanced on a balk and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior third baseman Adam Gregory (Edgerton, WI/Edgerton).
Rutgers-Camden cut the gap to 8-7 with single runs in the seventh and eighth before going out in order in the bottom of the ninth. In the seventh, sophomore catcher Jon Theckston (Gloucester City, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) hit a one-out double to right and scored on a two-out single up the middle by junior third baseman Brett Tenuto (Audubon, NJ/Gloucester Catholic). In the eighth, sophomore right fielder Zach Ellin (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) singled, advanced on a wild pitch and a single by sophomore second baseman Joe Brooks (Blackwood, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) and scored on a two-out single up the middle by senior first baseman Connor Hall (Delran, NJ/Delran). It was the 100th career hit for Hall, making him the 27th player in program history to reach that milestone.
The Warhawks' big seventh inning spoiled a fine comeback by the Raptors, who had turned an early 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 lead. After Whitewater scored two runs in the top of the fifth to take its 4-1 lead, Rutgers-Camden bounced back to tie the game with a three-run bottom of the frame. With one out, Brooks and Hall both walked and sophomore left fielder Doug Carter (Union, NJ/Union) grounded a single through the right side. Theckston hit a sacrifice fly to center and Tenuto added a big two-out, two-run single to right, tying the game.
Rutgers-Camden went ahead in the bottom of the sixth when junior designated hitter Joe Sigismondi (Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) walked, advanced on a pair of wild pitches and scored on a fielder's choice by Brooks.
Wisconsin-Whitewater collected 14 hits off of five Raptor pitchers, including three apiece by Haen, Pierce and Power in the 2-4 spots in the order. Rutgers-Camden had 10 hits, with Tenuto going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Brooks was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI.
On their season-opening trip, the Scarlet Raptors played eight games against teams that were either nationally ranked or receiving votes toward the national poll, They went 2-6 against that group, which included three of the top four currently-ranked teams in the nation.
The Scarlet Raptors travel to Neumann University Tuesday for a 3 p.m. makeup game. The contest was postponed by inclement weather from the original March 10 starting date. They also play at Johns Hopkins University Wednesday before opening their home season Thursday with a 3:30 p.m. makeup game against Penn State-Abington. That game had originally been scheduled for March 5.