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College Baseball:
Rutgers-Camden Week In Review

Monday, March 8, 2004

By Mike Ballard
RutgersCamden Sports Correspondent

Matt Ulmer (Beverly, NJ/Holy Cross)

Junior pitcher Matt Ulmer turned in a sparkling performance last week, only to be undone by the Raptors’ offensive slump in a 1-0 loss to Franklin and Marshall College March 5. Ulmer hurled a four-hitter, walking one and striking out seven, in his first complete game of the season. He allowed only a seventh-inning run while lowering his ERA to 2.16. The honor marks the third Raptor of the Week award for Ulmer during his three-year career. He was a Co-Raptor of the Week March 4, 2002 and won the honor outright April 28, 2003.

BASEBALL (1-2-1/0-0)

Wed., March 3 Haverford College 8, Rutgers-Camden 3
Fri., March 5 Franklin & Marshall College 1, Rutgers-Camden 0
Sat., March 6 at Albright College, ppd. rain


Mon., March 8 at Albright College 3 p.m.
Tues., March 9 Eastern College 3 p.m.
California Classic
Sat., March 13 vs. Wesleyan (CT) 11:30 a.m. at Whittier (CA)
Sat., March 13 vs. Whittier 2:30 p.m. at Whittier
Sun. March 14 vs. Redlands 9 a.m. at Chapman
Sun. March 14 vs. Occidental 3 p.m. at La Verne

The Scarlet Raptors’ early-season offensive struggles continued last week when they collected only 10 hits and three runs while losing a pair of non-conference home games against Haverford College (8-3, March 3) and Franklin and Marshall College (1-0, March 5). Another scheduled game at Albright College was rained out on March 6 and is rescheduled for March 8.

Senior right-hander John Walsh hurled seven innings of two-hit ball and sophomore righty Jeremy Knox completed the shutout with two innings of one-hit ball for Franklin and Marshall.

Franklin and Marshall scored the only run of the game in the seventh inning off tough-luck losing pitcher Matt Ulmer (Beverly, NJ/Holy Cross). Sophomore shortstop Chris Smith hit a leadoff double to right field. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single to right by senior second baseman Rob Georgiou.


The shutout continued the Scarlet Raptors’ early-season offensive slump. Rutgers-Camden has now scored only nine runs, and collected only 20 hits, in 38 innings. The Raptors are batting .169 as a team.

The seventh-inning run was the only score that the Diplomats needed. Walsh struck out three batters and walked two in earning his first decision of the season. He allowed only two runners to reach third base.

Knox had one strikeout and no walks in a two-inning stint to collect his first save of the season. He allowed only a leadoff double in the eighth inning to freshman pinch-hitter Tom Terrill (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township), who is 2-for-2 in his only at bats this season.

Ulmer suffered the loss despite a complete-game performance. He allowed four hits – two of them doubles by Smith – and one walk, while striking out seven. Despite lowering his ERA to 2.16, he lost his first decision of the season.

Two days earlier, senior Adam Huron scattered seven hits, walked two and struck out two in a complete-game performance to lead Haverford College over Rutgers-Camden, 8-3. Huron allowed only two earned runs in winning his first decision of the season.

With the game tied at 3-3, Haverford took the lead for good in the fifth inning after a leadoff double by senior left fielder Dave Werthan. Junior second baseman Brandon Mills followed with a single, placing runners at the corners. He was erased on a fielder’s choice by senior shortstop Jonas Clark, plating Werthan. Clark ended up scoring on a two-out double to center by sophomore first baseman Tim McLean.

The Fords tacked on three runs in the eighth inning, aided by a two-out throwing error.

Haverford grabbed a 3-0 lead in the second inning on five hits, including RBI singles by freshman third baseman Ben Einbinder, Werthan and Mills.

The Raptors got two runs back in the third inning on a two-run single by senior center fielder Brian Murphy (Sewell, NJ/Paul VI). They tied the game in the fourth on a double by sophomore right fielder Nick Turekian (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) and an RBI single by sophomore shortstop Brian Jakubowski (Audubon, NJ/Audubon).

Huron, however, faced the minimum 15 batters the rest of the way, with only two runners reaching base: one on an infield error and one on an eighth-inning single by Murphy. Both were erased on double plays.

Raptor starter Tyler Inkster (Audubon, NJ/Audubon) took the loss, working 4-2/3 innings, allowing eight hits and five earned runs. He struck out one and didn’t walk a batter.

Haverford, which was held to four hits in losing its opener against Wesley, exploded for 16 hits against four Raptor pitchers. Mills, Clark, freshman Ben Field, sophomore designated hitter Crispin Vary, freshman catcher Kenny McAlpine, Einbender and Werthan each collected two hits for the Fords. Clark had two RBIs, while Einbinder scored two runs.

Jakubowski and Murphy each had two hits for Rutgers-Camden.

The Scarlet Raptors started the week on a good note March 1 when junior pitcher Nick Davidson (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern) was named the first New Jersey Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week this season. Davidson earned his honor for working eight innings of shutout ball in a 3-0 win over Wesley College Feb. 28. He allowed three hits and three walks while striking out seven, and allowed only one batter to reach third base all day long – the leadoff batter in the game, who doubled and moved up on a one-out grounder.

SOFTBALL (0-0/0-0)


at Sea Gull Classic, Salisbury University (MD)
Fri., March 12 vs. Wilkes University 10 a.m.
Fri., March 12 at Salisbury University 2 p.m.
Sat., March 13 vs. Christopher Newport University 10 a.m.
Sat., March 13 vs. York (PA) College 2 p.m.

Coming off a 28-11-1 season in which it set a school record for wins, the Rutgers-Camden softball team opens its 2004 campaign at the Sea Gull Classic at Salisbury University (MD), March 12. The Lady Raptors face Wilkes University in their opening game at 10 a.m. before battling host Salisbury – the top-ranked team in the country – at 2 p.m.



March 6 Salisbury University Opener Track Meet

No team scoring

Rutgers-Camden School Records:

* Mike Fox, 1,500 Meters, 4:17.3, ties own mark set March 15, 2003 at Salisbury University Opener
* Taiwan Lamb, 100 Meters, 11.4, ties mark by three others (last: Lamb, March 16, 2002 at Salisbury University Opener)

Rutgers-Camden Winners:

* Tameka Jackson, 100 Meters (12.6); 200 Meters (27.7)


Sat., Mar. 20 at Richard Stockton College Invitational 11 a.m.
Sat., Mar. 27 at Widener University Invitational 10 a.m.
Sat., April 3 at Osprey Open (Richard Stockton College) 10 a.m.

The Rutgers University-Camden track team took a handful of its athletes to an early-season race in Maryland and came back with a pair of first-place finishes and a pair of school record-tying performances from the Salisbury University Opener Track Meet March 6.

Junior sprinter Tameka Jackson (Pennsauken, NJ/Sterling) picked up where she left off from her phenomenal sophomore season, taking first place in both the 100 and 200 meters in times of 12.6 and 27.7, respectively.

Record-tying performances came from sophomore Michael Fox (Hainesport, NJ/Rancocas Valley) in the 1,500 meters and junior Taiwan Lamb (Atlantic City, NJ/Atlantic City) at 100 meters. Both tied their own school records, which were set at the same Salisbury University Opener within the past two years.

Fox posted a 4:17.3 time to tie his mark set at last season’s Salisbury meet March 15. He finished third in the event. Lamb, meanwhile, tied the school mark of 11.4 at 100 meters, notching the fourth 11.4 100 dash in school history. He also was the last person to run that time, coming March 16, 2002 at Salisbury.

Lamb finished fourth in the 100-meter dash. Teammates Raphael Fuentes (Yonkers, NY/Haddonfield) and Tyrell McGraw (Hammonton, NJ/Winslow Township) finished sixth (11.6) and tied for eighth (11.8), respectively, in the same event.

Lamb also finished seventh at 200 meters (24.4), while McGraw was ninth (24.7) in that race.

Sophomore Chris McGowan (Barrington, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) posted a 2:06.9 clocking to finish sixth at 800 meters, while junior Matthew Weng (Lakehurst, NJ/Shawnee) finished sixth in the 400 intermediate hurdles in a time of 1:03.2.

In addition to Jackson, the Raptors’ Tiffany Logan (Turnersville, NJ/Washington Township) also competed in the 200 meters. The junior sprinter finished fourth in a time of 30.6.

Rutgers-Camden’s other female representative was grad student Tina DiGiovanni (Collingswood, NJ/Collingswood), who finished third in the 5,000-meter run. DiGiovanni, who earned First Team All-New Jersey Athletic Conference cross country honors in the fall, posted a time of 19:54.

The Raptors’ men’s 4x400 relay team of Fuentes, McGowan, Weng and Fox finished third in a time of 3:43.8.

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