Baseball evens conference record with win against Stockton

Over the last week, Ramapo’s baseball team split a pair of games against Stockton University and defeated the College of Mount St. Vincent. The Roadrunners now sit at 12-7 on the season and are 1-1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC).

Beginning with their win against Mount St. Vincent, the Roadrunners fell behind early due to sloppy play in the field. In the top of the second inning, Joshua McCormick scored on a wild pitch, and Danny DiNorcia scored on a passed ball to give the Dolphins a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom half, Ramapo struck back with three runs of their own to take the lead. Graduate student Matt Carovillano recorded an RBI single, senior Sean Donaghue recorded a sacrifice fly and senior Jason Cuba recorded an RBI single.

After scoreless third and fourth innings, the Dolphins tied the game in the top of the fifth with a solo home run from Eric Zimmermann. The game remained tied until the top of the seventh, when St. Vincent capitalized on more clumsy defense from Ramapo. Johnny Brucato scored on an error by junior TJ Roman, which led to a sacrifice fly from Drew Knight to give the Dolphins a 5-3 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh, junior Matt Lalomia came up clutch with a two-run home run to tie the game, and junior Will Egner delivered a go-ahead single, scoring Carovillano. Senior Matt Ivanicki, who took over pitching in the seventh, delivered a scoreless eighth inning and got one out in the ninth. Sophomore Billy Scanlon came on in relief and got the save, walking one and recording the final two outs.

Ramapo’s pitching in the game only allowed two earned runs, one from starter James Garthaffner, and one from junior DJ McGuinness, who threw four innings in relief. For Mount St. Vincent, Will Granata started the game and lasted four and one-third innings, allowing five hits and three runs. The loss went to Angelo Bartziokas, who allowed three runs in two and two-thirds innings.

On Sunday, Ramapo traveled to Galloway to face Stockton in their first of two matchups with the Ospreys. The Roadrunners scored the first run of the game in the top of the third, thanks to an RBI single from senior Tyler Guadagno. Stockton tied the game in the bottom half courtesy of a Kevin Novobilsky RBI single. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Stockton took the lead and never looked back, scoring seven runs in the following three innings.

Matt Lalomia extended his hit streak to eight games against Stockton. Photo courtesy of Ramapo Athletics

It was another game of sloppy defense for Ramapo, as their defense was responsible for three unearned runs. In addition to the defense committing four errors, the Roadrunners’ pitching allowed eight walks in eight innings, including two with the bases loaded. They also hit two Stockton batters.

The loss went to sophomore Nick Danbrowney, who accounted for six walks in three and one-third innings. Mike Schiattarella recorded the win for Stockton, lasting five innings and allowing two runs. Antonio Sansone got the save for the Ospreys, throwing three scoreless innings in relief of Schiattarella.

As for Monday’s game, the Roadrunners returned to their winning ways, shutting out Stockton by a score of 8-0. Sophomore Jack Martin tossed six innings, allowed three hits and struck out four batters.

Ramapo got on the board early, scoring two runs on wild pitches in the first inning. In the second inning, Ramapo added another run thanks to an RBI groundout from sophomore Dominick Ciani. In the top of the seventh inning, the Roadrunners added four more runs, three of which coming from a three-run home run from Garthaffner.

Finishing the game on the mound for Ramapo was a combination of freshman James Pazdera and sophomore Jarod Abram. Pazdera allowed one hit in two scoreless innings, and Abram threw a perfect ninth inning, striking out one batter. For Stockton, the loss went to Stephen DeMilio, who allowed two earned runs in five innings.

Up next for the Roadrunners, the team continues their NJAC play with two games against Montclair State University on Thursday and Friday, and a doubleheader against Rutgers-Camden University on Saturday at home. They are also scheduled to face Manhattanville College in a non-conference game on Tuesday.

Featured photo courtesy of Ramapo Athletics