Baseball Finds Midseason Groove with Win Against Rutgers-Newark

March 29, 2019

The Drew University baseball team emerged victorious in a non-conference doubleheader against Haverford College on Saturday, March 23. In their first match of the night, the Rangers secured an early 4-0 lead in the first and second innings. After an RBI double from Matthew Lange (’20) and a single run from Jon Cocchio (’20), Jayson Mitch (’19) launched a two-run shot, securing a lead that Haverford could not overcome. The Rangers were aided by Pete Violante (’20), who retired the first 11 batters of the game and blanked out the Fords through the first six innings, securing the Rangers’ 4-2 victory. In the second game of the night, the Rangers were faced with a 3-0 deficit after the fifth inning. However, the Rangers rallied with a single from Cole Bosch (’21), followed by singles from Shane Benson (’22) and Max Felsenstein (’20), loading up the bases. Matthew Lange (’20) lifted a two-run single to tie the game, followed by a single from Brian Dagostino (’20). The Rangers emerged victorious yet again after Mitch pulled the first pitch through the right side, followed by a two-out walk from Felsenstein, scoring Dagostino without a play at the plate.

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The Rangers returned to the field the following day to play a non-conference match against Franklin and Marshall College. After an early 2-0 lead in favor of the Diplomats in the third inning, two runs from Mitch tied the match in the sixth inning. Another pair of singles from Lange and Eric DiPietro (’19) opened up a 4-2 lead. However, the Diplomats tied the game yet again with a pair of runs in the eighth inning and ultimately secured a 5-4 victory against the Rangers after a two-out error in the 13 inning.

 

The Rangers returned to competition on Tuesday, March 23, in a match against Rutgers-Newark. The Scarlet Raiders notched a 2-0 lead after two innings, but the Rangers tied the match with two runs of their own in the second inning. Keeping the momentum going, the Rangers had a massive 10-spot in the third inning, sending 13 players to the plate, capped with a three-run homer from Lange. The Scarlet Raiders trimmed the deficit to seven runs (12-5), before the Rangers responded with an astounding 11 runs over the fifth and sixth innings, securing an undisputed 23-5 victory. The Rangers concluded the game with their top offensive performance in six years, while also recording the team’s highest run total since 2013.

 

The Rangers are all set to conclude their non-game home stretch in a match against Keystone College on March 28.

 

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