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03/29/2015 | Baseball
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GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University baseball team swept a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) doubleheader versus Rutgers-Newark on Sunday afternoon. The Profs took the first game, 5-4 and won the nightcap, 10-2.
It was the first conference games of the season for both teams. Rowan is 11-5 overall while the Scarlet Raiders have a 5-10 mark. In the first contest, Rutgers-Newark led 4-1 entering the bottom of the ninth inning. Left fielder Monny Strickland (fr. Egg Harbor Twp., NJ/Egg Harbor Twp.) started the frame with a single to center. Designated hitter Eric Oliver (jr. Voorhees, NJ/Eastern Reg.) and center fielder Nick Kreiger (sr. Manalapan, NJ/Manalapan) drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Pinch hitter Stephen Petriello (jr. South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield) singled in Strickland and right fielder Ryan Pavlik (sr. Blackwood, NJ/Highland Reg.) plated Oliver with a fielder's choice.

Shortstop Jason Clapper's (so. Mount Laurel, NJ/Lenape) fielder's choice scored Kreiger to tie the game. After an error put runners on first and third, first baseman Casey Grimes (sr. Gibbstown, NJ/Paulsboro) recorded the winning hit with a single up the middle. Right-hander Richie Suarez (sr. Voorhees, NJ/Eastern Reg.) was the winning pitcher (3-0). He threw three innings, allowing just two hits. Righty Shane Nolan (sr. Livingston, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) took the loss (0-1). Grimes had two hits and two runs batted in while Clapper scored twice.
For Rutgers-Newark, catcher Justin Marks (fr. South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield) went three-for-five with a RBI. Center fielder Billy Taylor (jr. Allendale, NJ/Northern Reg.) and second baseman Gerry Patrizio (jr. Belle Mead, NJ/Montgomery) each had two hits and a run scored. Taylor added a RBI and Patrizio smacked a double. First baseman Chas Bohannon (so. Springfield, NJ/Jonathan Dayton) and left fielder Josh Cote (so. Wayne, NJ/Wayne Hills) crossed the plate one time apiece.
Cote tallied an unearned run in the third. The Scarlet Raiders tacked on two runs in the fifth. Taylor scored on a wild pitch and Marks singled in Patrizio. The score became 4-0 in the sixth when Taylor plated Bohannon with a base hit. Grimes recorded a RBI groundout to give the Profs their first run in the bottom half of the inning.
Left-hander Ryan Sharkey (sr. Rutherford, NJ/St. Mary) picked up the victory (3-0) in game two. He went six innings and gave up two runs on eight hits and struck out two. Righty Chris Nichols (jr. North Plainfield, NJ/North Plainfield) suffered the loss (2-1).
Third baseman Kevin McMenamin (sr. Maple Shade, NJ/Maple Shade) went three-for-five with two doubles, two runs scored and six batted in. Pavlik and Grimes had two hits apiece. Grimes drove in two runs and Pavlik scored three times. Second baseman Johnny Dunn (sr. Pitman, NJ/Pitman) and Petriello each knocked in a run. Clapper came home three times while Strickland and Kreiger each crossed the plate once. Strickland also hit a double.
For Rutgers-Newark, right fielder Cameron Dias (jr. Madison, NJ/Madison) and Marks had one RBI apiece. Taylor and Patrizio both scored while Bohannon recorded a double.
The Profs host Penn State Abington in non-conference action on Tuesday, March 31 at 3:30 p.m.