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Janet L. Waibel, age 75, Longtime Resident of Westmont,
Rowan Over Penn State Harrisburg 12-10

Rowan Sweeps Haverford in Double Header

GLASSBORO, NJ -- #19 Rowan powered its way to a DH sweep of Haverford in the Profs' home opener on a chilly Wednesday. Game one saw a late home run break a tie for a 4-1 win while a five-run sixth keyed an 8-2 victory in game two.
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Payton MacNair's three-run homer in the fifth was the difference while Emily August (7-3) struck out five on just four hits and a run in the first game.

Rowan plated a run in the first when McKenzie Melvin raced home from third when an errant throw down to second to try and get Morgan Zane sailed into right field.

The Fords countered in the fourth, getting a sac fly from Nikki Kingsland to score Mia Kessinger.

MacNair stepped to the plate in the fifth with Grace Shukaitis on second and Melvin on first and cranked her fourth longball of the season over the fence in left.

Shukaitis made a key defensive play in the sixth after a leadoff error to put a runner on first. A sharp liner to right was corralled by Shukaitis who came up firing to first base to get the double play.

Melvin scored twice with two stolen bases while Shukaitis was officially 1-for-1 with a run scored and a walk.

In game two, the Profs broke open a 1-0 game with two runs in the fifth and a big five-run sixth. Cat Thomas went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in that fifth, her second dinger of the year. MacNair added two hits, two RBI's and two runs. Her RBI double in the third scored Devyn DiPasquale in the third for a 1-0 lead.

After Thomas made it 3-0 in the fifth, the Profs used five hits, a walk and an error to open the floodgates in the sixth. Zane's two-run infield single and an RBI double from Thomas highlighted the frame.

Starter Rylee Lutz (7-1) fanned four and did not allow a hit until the sixth.

Rowan will kick off NJAC play this Saturday when William Paterson visits for two games beginning at 1 p.m.