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College Baseball: TCNJ Record 10-1; Defeat Alvernia 5-3

English: Harold W. Eickhoff Hall at TCNJEnglish: Harold W. Eickhoff Hall at TCNJ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ewing, NJ … The College of New Jersey baseball team raised its record to 10-1 as they defeated Alvernia University, 5-3 on Wednesday afternoon in George Ackerman Park.

The Lions’ offense provided enough run support in the first two innings to last the arms of sophomore Joe Cirillo (Fairfield, NJ/DePaul Catholic), senior Eric Teesdale (Milltown, NJ/Spotswood), and sophomore Matt Curry (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) through nine. Cirillo earned the win to move to 4-0, Teesdale held in the eighth, and Curry closed the ninth to propel TCNJ to is sixth straight victory.


Senior Patrick Roberts (Hillsborough, NJ/Hillsborough) went 2-for-3 with a home run and four runs batted in. The sweet-swinging lefty ripped a two-run homer in the first and then roped a two-run single in the second to lead the offense. Senior John Rizzi (Long Hill, NJ/Watchung Hills) also had two hits and scored twice.


The offense picked up where it left off in Florida, scoring three runs in the first. Rizzi led off with a double and Roberts lined a shot over the right-field fence to put two runs on the board. Junior C.J. Gearhart (Robbinsville, NJ/Robbinsville) stroked an RBI-single through middle to plate Shindler (who had singled) and the Lions were quickly up 3-0.


Roberts drove in two more in the second with a line single to right field. Junior Ben Varone (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) walked and Rizzi put down a sacrifice bunt. The throw pulled the first baseman off the bag and the Lions had runners on first and second. Patrick Anderson (Long Valley, NJ/West Morris Central) moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt and Roberts got the barrel out to drive in Varone and Rizzi.


Nick Sides got Alvernia on the board with an RBI-single to right field. A two-out, two-run single by Cameron Coon made it a 5-3 game in the third.


Both teams were held scoreless over the next six innings. Cirillo battled through seven innings. He scattered seven hits and struck out eight. The right-hander is now 10-1 in his career at TCNJ.


Teesdale struck out two in the eight and registered an out in the ninth before handing the ball over to Curry. The big right-hander issued a walk to the first batter he faced, but responded by striking out the next two batters with the bases load to end the game. It was the third save of the season for Curry.


TCNJ Garen Turner (Hainesport, NJ/Rancocas Valley) singled to right in the seventh to extend his hitting streak this season to 11 games (and 17 overall).


Sides had three hits for Alvernia and James Bertolotti stroked a pair of singles.


The Lions visit Ursinus College tomorrow for a 3:30 p.m. game in Collegeville, Pa.