By Miguel Gonzalez
As the season heads into the home stretch, the baseball team’s games keep heating. On April 16, the Lions first defeated Lebanon Valley College by a score of 9-5. Afterwards, the team endured back-to-back losses against Rowan University. The team finished the week on a higher note by sweeping William Paterson University in a doubleheader.
On April 17, the team traveled down to Glassboro, New Jersey for a clash against Rowan University, who was ranked fourth in the nation, according to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Rowan struck first in the bottom of the third inning when senior outfielder Matt Woods belted a two-run homerun.
The Lions quickly responded in the next inning when senior infielder Ryan Fischer hit a single and drove in a run. With players on second and third, senior outfielder Matt Giacose ripped a single and tied the game at two. Senior infielder Danny Borup later put the team up by 3-2 when he hit a sacrifice fly.
Both teams then fought back-and-forth until Rowan gained a two-run lead going into the ninth. Down 6-4, the Lions staged a comeback at the top of the ninth, but they ultimately fell short.
With runners on second and third, senior infielder Tommy McCarthy lined a single to center field and drove in junior outfielder Thomas Persichetti. As the Lions cut their deficit to 6-5, Rowan’s defense halted the comeback when its third baseman made a double play.
Rowan would proceed to defeat the team again 6-2 on Thursday, April 18 at George Ackerman Park. The Lions offense was stifled by Rowan senior pitcher Danny Serreino, as he threw five shutout innings and gathered 11 strikeouts.
While freshman infielder/pitcher Matt Volpe also performed well, Rowan was able to score two runs in the top of the fifth inning.
The Lions slowly tied the game at two in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings. Rowan then scored a pair of runs on throwing errors in the top of the eighth. The opponents then sealed the Lions’ 6-2 loss by scoring two more runs in the ninth.
After two tough losses, the Lions quickly resurged in Wayne, New Jersey when they swept the doubleheader against William Paterson by scores of 19-7 and 7-0. The Lions’ offense would produce many runs in the first game, as Persichetti amassed four hits while junior outfielder Jacob Simon and McCarthy each recorded three hits. Despite surrendering 12 hits to William Paterson, junior pitcher Peter Nielsen only conceded two runs because of the Lions’ effective fielding.
The team victory marked Head Coach Dean Glus’ 300th career win.
However, the Lions were still not finished. In the second game, junior pitcher Michael Walley tossed a complete game, going the distance and blanking William Paterson.
The Lions’ offense did not slow down Simon, junior infielder Gary Otten and junior catcher David Cardona III, who all collected two runs each.
The team continues its conference schedule on Thursday, April 25 when it plays away against Rutgers-University Camden.