GLASSBORO, NJ – Anthony Schooley and Chris Curcio each hit home runs to help pace #7 Rowan (12-4) to a 12-10 win over Penn State Harrisburg, in a game that was shortened to eight innings because of darkness.
Curcio hit a three-run home run in the first inning as the Profs took an early 6-2 lead. Schooley pushed Rowan ahead for good in the fifth inning, with his three-run blast as the Profs gained a 10-7 lead. Schooley went 2-for-3 on the day with two runs and four RBI, while Ryan Murphy went 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
Jason O’Neill (4-0) earned the victory as one of six pitchers used on the day by the Profs, with Chris Au getting the start. O’Neill struck out three in three innings of work.
After Penn State (9-11) started off with two runs in the top of the first, the Profs got six, thanks to Curcio’s homer, an RBI double by Ryan Mostrangeli and a sacrifice fly by Schooley.
Penn State Harrisburg countered with two in the third and two in the fifth to take a 7-6 lead. The Profs tied it quickly when Murphy scored after a single and eventually advanced home on a PSH error. Schooley then put Rowan ahead for good with his shot over the right-field fence.
Rowan added to the score and made it 11-7 when Hunter Wroniuk drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth. Penn State crossed the plate three more times in the final two innings but Eric DiDomenico came through with an RBI double to score Schooley in the bottom of the eighth to provide the winning margin.
The Profs have a non-league game at Cabrini on Friday before the defending NJAC champions open conference play on Saturday, with a doubleheader at William Paterson.