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Rowan Takes Opening Game of Tournament

Rowan Baseball Defeats Mitchell, 7-1, to Open NCAA Regionals

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Atiya threw eight strong innings, and struck out six to up his season record to 8-0. Christian Bascunan entered the game in the ninth and closed out the win as he faced four batters.

Rowan didn’t show any signs of rust after an almost two-week layoff after being eliminated from the NJAC Tournament on May 8. Tyler Cannon, Anthony Schooley, Trip McCaffrey and Patrick Defeciani each added two hits in the game as Rowan totaled 12. 

 

The Profs got all of the runs they needed in the first inning, jumping out to a 5-0 lead as they batted around. Cannon led off the regional with a single and scored the first run, advancing on a walk to Ryan Murphy and scoring on an error by Mitchell (30-12). Schooley brought home Murphy and Defeciani, who had walked, with a double to increase the lead to 3-0. Wroniuk singled to bring home Schooley to chase starting pitcher Camren Varney, who was relieved by Kenny Heon. 

Wroniuk then moved to second on a walk to Eric DiDomenico, scoring when McCaffrey singled to centerfield as the Profs finished the inning with five runs on four hits and two errors. 

 

Rowan added another in the fourth as McCaffrey singled, stole second and scored on a single by Defeciani. 

 

Mitchell got on the board in the fifth when Owen Robbins hit a solo home run to left field. 

 

The Profs added their final run of the game in the seventh as Schooley doubled and was driven in again by Wroniuk, as the catcher picked up his third hit and second RBI on the day. 

 

“I thought right from the get-go, Eli set the tone, going one-two-three in the first We come out and get five in the first. I thought we were ready to play and then Eli settled in through the middle part of the game and were able to expand in the fourth and the seventh to allow us to work ahead. Bascunan came in in the ninth and did a really good job closing it out,” said Rowan head coach Mike Dickson. ​

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