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Baseball rallies for a fifth straight win

The baseball team improved its win streak to five games on Thursday, April 3, with a 6-1 victory over Ursinus College.

After surrendering a run in the first inning, the Lions roared back to score six unanswered runs to secure the victory. On the mound, sophomore pitcher Steven Volpe had another stellar outing, picking up his second victory on the young season. Despite giving up an RBI-single in the first, Volpe went on to pitch five scoreless innings, striking out two batters and allowing only four hits for the win.

Coming off a rough outing at Muhlenberg University in his last start, Volpe said he worked on “keeping (his) fastball lower in the zone and throwing more strikes.”

“I didn’t try to do too much,” Volpe said. “I just let (Ursinus) put the ball in play and I trusted my fielders behind me.”

At the plate, the Lions managed an impressive 11 hits on the day. Junior infielders Josh Limon and Anthony Cocuzza led the way with three hits apiece. The Lions took advantage of Ursinus’s mistakes, scoring their first run on an error in the second inning, and later tacking on a run on a passed ball in the third inning.

The game on Thursday, March 27, was one of four scheduled for the College last week, but due to windy conditions, the home match on Wednesday, March 26, against Alvernia was moved to Tuesday, April 8. The Lions were set to begin conference play Saturday with a doubleheader at New Jersey City University, but the game was rained out and has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 6. The Lions will now open up NJAC play this Thursday, April 3, when they welcome Rutgers-Newark to George Ackerman Park.

“We move into the start of our conference games and every game is going to be tough,” head coach Dean Glus said. “If we can do the little things right, we should be fine and at the end of the season I expect us to be in the hurt for the conference tournament playoffs.”

The College has a jam-packed schedule of games this week, putting their win streak on the line with a home tilt with Widener University on Tuesday, April 1. The Lions will host the first game of a home-and-home series with Rutgers-Newark on Thursday, April 3, before heading to Newark on Friday, April 4. The Lions will conclude their hectic week with back-to-back doubleheaders against NJAC rivals over the weekend, hosting Kean University and New Jersey City University.

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