CHANDLER, Ariz., March 11, 2007 - The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) baseball team posted an 8-5 win over Springfield College on Sunday. Ranked No. 4 in Division III, the Lions are now 3-0 on the young year, while Springfield College drops to 0-1.
TCNJ’s senior pitcher Blake Ortiz collected his first win of the year after working five innings and fanning six batters. He gave up four earned runs off nine hits with a pair of walks and is now 1-0 on the year. Senior reliever Bill Opel collected the save after working the ninth inning and collecting two strikeouts, as he was able to keep the Pride from tying the game in the bottom of the ninth with two runners on base.
Senior designated hitter Blake Bullis managed to add a triple, a double and was 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Lions in the game. Sophomore short stop Jeff Toth added a triple as well in the contest with a 2-5 effort on offense and an RBI.
Senior Jeff Botti had two RBI’s in the game, including a bases loaded RBI walk to give the Lions an 8-5 lead in the top of the ninth.
Junior first baseman Bill Kropp helped the Lions break a 5-5 tie in the top of the sixth inning with one out with a triple to right center. He scored on an RBI single by Botti.
SC junior right fielder Rex Cone (Bristol, Conn.) was 4-4 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI. Senior left fielder Chris Stack (Albany, N.Y.) went 2-3 with a triple and a pair of runs scored in the season opener.
Pride junior short stop Tim Romeo (Whitesboro, N.Y.) chipped in with a 2-4 performance at the plate with an RBI. Sophomore second baseman Drew Michael (Longmeadow, Mass.) went 1-4 with a run scored, and sophomore designated hitter Ryan Tatreau (Greenfield, Mass.) collected one hit in three at-bats with a run scored.
In the pitching department, junior Justin O'Brien (Norfolk, Mass.) came on in relief of sophomore lefty Jimmy Lisowski (Warwick, Mass.) and pitched three solid innings, allowing just two hits and one run.
Macalester 12, SC 7
Springfield College junior designated hitter Ryan Hingston (Windsor, Vt.) went 2-4 with a run scored, but it was Macalester College which upended the Pride on Sunday afternoon in Chandler, Arizona.
Pride senior center fielder Chris Stack (Albany, N.Y.) went 1-5 from the leadoff position with a homer and two runs scored, and sophomore second baseman Drew Michael (Longmeadow, Mass.) went 1-2 with two runs batted in.
Junior lefty Joe Carlos (Hampden, Mass.) pitched just two and one-thirds innings in his first start of the season, picking up the loss in giving up six hits and seven runs (five earned).
SC will next battle William Paterson University on Monday, March 12th in a 12:00 p.m. start (eastern time).