Drew Baseball carried a 2-2 record down to Fort Pierce, FL over spring break when they played a six-game schedule under the sunshine. On the road trip the Rangers took on Kenyon College, Lebanon Valley College, Houghton College, Northland College, Muskingum University and Wilkes University. The Rangers never quite swung into a rhythm while competing. Fortunately, the team was able to return back to Madison, NJ with a 5-5 record.
Pete Violante (’20) and Brandon Radd (’20) threw a six-hitter game to cap the 6-3 win against Kenyon on Sunday, March 1. Drew secured the victory with a four-run fifth inning to break the tie. Bryan Reagle (’20) had a huge inning, he launched a two-run RBI to break the tie and scored a run after Brent Lincoln (’20) hit a single. The following day on Monday, March 2 the Rangers struggled, dropping its contest 3-6 to Lebanon Valley behind a sluggish offense.
The Rangers offered up a thrilling matchup the next day on Tuesday, March 3 against Houghton when they nearly rallied from an eight-run deficit, however, their efforts came too late and they fell 11-14. Drew was led by Mattew Lange (’20) who drove in 3 RBIs and Joe Webber (’23) who added 2 RBIs.
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Following back-to-back losses, a day’s rest was much appreciated by the team, fans could tell when they returned to the diamond on Thursday, March 5 to hand Northland a crushing 15-4 whopping. Max Felsenstein (’20) had a career day going 5 for 6 at-bat with two doubles, four RBIs, three runs and two stolen bases. Jake Welsh (’23) added two runs and two RBIs in 4 of 5 appearances at the plate.
Next up was Muskingum who broke a tie in the final inning to hand the Rangers a 3-5 setback on Friday, March 6. A solid seven innings pitched from Violante on the mound was not enough to match the offensive creativity and sturdy defense from the Muskies. Drew closed out their trip on Saturday, March 7 against Wilkes to clinch a sweet 9-7 victory. Cole Bosch (’21) was 4 for 4 at-bat, Reagle scored three runs and Jon Cocchio (’20) contributed a two-run single to cap the eighth inning.
Back in The Forest, the Rangers were preparing for their first Landmark Conference matchup against Moravian, however, precautions surrounding the coronavirus led to the Thursday, March 12 announcement that all Drew athletics and Landmark Conference contests would be postponed until at least April 6. The conference is set to provide an update on the status of the remaining spring sports seasons by Wednesday, March 25.