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Rutgers-Camden Week In Review

Monday, March 29, 2004

By Mike Ballard
RutgersCamden Sports Correspondent

Rutgers-Camden Golf Team

The Rutgers-Camden golf team made school history at the Susquehanna University Tee-Off Invitational March 25, shooting the lowest score in program history, a 312. The Scarlet Raptors also placed a school-record four golfers in the 70’s, as junior Hugh Arbuthnot (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) and freshman Chris Kelley (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield) each shot a 77, while junior Brian Baskin (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) and sophomore John Goff (Haddon Heights, NJ/Paul VI) both recorded a 79. Senior Ryan Cusick (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) rounded out the team scoring with an 88. The Raptors’ alternates, freshman Rob Burgess (Sewell, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) and junior Spencer Moore (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lanape), shot an 87 and an 89, respectively.

SOFTBALL (13-1/2-0)
Sat., March 27 Rutgers-Camden 11-8, New Jersey City University 0-0

Tue., March 30 at Richard Stockton College (doubleheader) 2:30 p.m.
Thur., April 1 Ursinus College (doubleheader) 5 p.m.
Sat., April 3 at Rutgers University-Newark (doubleheader) 1 p.m.
Mon., April 5 Gwynedd-Mercy College (doubleheader) 5 p.m.
Tues., April 6 at Rowan University (doubleheader) 3 p.m.

The Rutgers-Camden softball team played only two games during the week, but the Lady Raptors continued their winning ways by sweeping a pair of five-inning games at New Jersey City University March 27, 11-0 and 8-0. The games were the New Jersey Athletic Conference openers for both teams.

Freshman right fielder Autumn Millett (Richwood, NJ/Clearview Regional) slugged a home run in each game and the Raptors rode the shutout pitching of sophomore Michelle Schlichtig (Barrington, NJ/Haddon Heights) and junior Becky Johnson (Bridgeton, NJ/Cumberland).

The Scarlet Raptors (13-1 overall and 2-0 in the NJAC) extended their winning streak to 12 games with the two shutouts, which gave them eight for the season. The Gothic Knights fell to 5-6 and 0-2, snapping a two-game winning streak.

It was the fourth shutout of the season for Schlichtig (7-1), who lowered her earned run average to 0.31. Johnson (6-0) tossed her third shutout and lowered her ERA to 0.52. The two hurlers also combined for a shutout earlier this season.


In the first game, Schlichtig was in command, striking out eight batters, walking none and facing the minimum 15 batters during her five-inning shutout. The only baserunner was the second batter for the Gothic Knights, senior centerfielder Meagan Tullock, who collected an infield single to shortstop and then was caught stealing.

The Lady Raptors collected more than enough runs for Schlichtig when they sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven times in the first inning, aided by five hits and three NJCU errors. The big blow of the inning was a three-run home run to right field by Millett.

Millett, who went 3-for-6 with four RBIs and four runs scored in the doubleheader, added another home run in the second game. Her solo shot in the nightcap gave her four home runs for the season, one behind Johnson for the team lead.

Johnson went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs and one RBI in the opener, and added a double and two RBIs in the nightcap to finish her day at 4-for-6 with two runs and three RBIs. She also allowed only one hit – a single by senior designated player Jacqueline Bourdony -- and walked one in her complete-game effort. She struck out six.

Freshman first baseman Ashley O’Brien (Phoenixville, PA/Spring Ford) went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, one run and two RBIs in the opener. She finished 3-for-5 on the day.

Junior shortstop Celeste Chinappi (Bellmawr, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI in the first game, and 1-for-3 with two runs and one RBI in the nightcap.

Freshman catcher Maureen Baney (Deptford, NJ/Deptford) collected a single in the first game to extend her hitting streak to 13 games. That team-high hitting streak was snapped in the nightcap when she went 0-for-2 for the first hitless game of her collegiate career.

Rutgers-Camden broke open the nightcap with six runs on seven hits in the bottom of the fourth inning. Freshman second baseman Stacy Haas (Florence, NJ/Florence) went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI in the game, while Schlichtig went 2-for-3, including a double, for one run and two RBIs.

BASEBALL (8-7-1/0-0)
Tues., March 23 Rutgers-Camden 5, Gwynedd-Mercy College 4 (11 innings)

Tues., March 30 Arcadia University 3 p.m.
Wed., March 31 Delaware Valley College 3 p.m.
Fri., April 2 at Rutgers University-Newark 3 p.m.
Sat., April 3 Ramapo College (doubleheader) 11:30 a.m.
Tues., April 6 John Jay College 4 p.m.

The Rutgers University-Camden baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the 11th inning, including the winning run on a dropped wind-blown fly ball to the warning track, to rally past Gwynedd-Mercy College, 5-4, in a non-conference game March 23 at Campbell’s Field.

The Raptors bounced back in the bottom of the 11th after the Griffins scored twice in the top of the frame to break a 2-2 tie. Sophomore first baseman Matt Calloway (Blackwood, NJ/Highland) drew a leadoff walk in the 11th, and advanced on a squibber infield single down the third baseline by sophomore third baseman Tyler Inkster (Audubon, NJ/Audubon). Freshman second baseman Shane McNichol (Blackwood, NJ/Highland) loaded the bases with a walk, forcing the Griffins to replace senior reliever Tony Rapone with freshman Josh Thomas.

The Raptors’ freshman left fielder Vince Londino (Gloucester, NJ/Gloucester), who went 3-for-6 with two runs and two RBIs on the day, tied the game with a line single over the leap of Griffin second baseman Mike Shalon, scoring Calloway and pinch-runner Ryan Mcguire (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee).

Raptor senior center fielder Brian Murphy (Sewell, NJ/Paul VI), playing in his school-record 130th career game, flied to center, but Rutgers-Camden reloaded the bases on an infield single by senior designated hitter Mike Carlino (Pennsauken, NJ/Camden Catholic). Carlino, who was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Player of the Week Monday, went 3-for-6 with two RBIs on the day, stretching his hitting streak to 12 games.


With the infield in, sophomore shortstop Brian Jakubowski (Audubon, NJ/Audubon) hit a grounder to Shalon at second, who forced McNichol at the plate on a nice scoop by catcher Jason Smith.

With two out, freshman right fielder Nathan Buchter (Blackwood, NJ/Highland) lifted a wind-blown fly ball to the warning track in right field, where it was dropped as the winning run scored.

Rapone (1-1) took the loss, while junior Matt Ulmer (Beverly, NJ/Holy Cross) earned the win to even his record at 2-2.

Ulmer nearly took the loss after starting the 11th by dropping a wind-blown pop up by the Griffins’ senior DH Greg Willauer. Sophomore shortstop Anthony Dabrowski reached after forcing pinch-runner Matt Martin at second, and freshman third baseman Chris Corkery followed with a double. Dabrowski scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman right fielder Kevin Horning, and Smith followed with an RBI single to give the Griffins a 4-2 lead.

The Griffins scored twice in the second inning, aided by a dropped fly ball in left field, and an RBI double by Corkery, who advanced on an error in right field. He scored on a wild pitch.

The Raptors got a run back in the third on a single by Londino, a stolen base and an RBI single by Carlino. They tied the game in the eighth on a double by Murphy and an RBI single by Carlino.

For the Griffins, Smith went 3-for-5 with one RBI, while Corkery was 2-for-5 with two runs and one RBI. Junior first baseman John Drozdowski added a 2-for-5 game.

Rutgers-Camden collected 3-for-6 performances from the first three batters in its lineup, Londino, Murphy and Carlino.

Ulmer worked five innings in relief of starter Tom Ford (Laurel Springs, NJ/Paul VI), who allowed five hits, two runs (one earned) and one walk, while striking out nine. Ulmer allowed the two unearned runs in the 11th, five hits and no walks. He struck out six.


March 27 Danny Curran Invitational (at Widener University)
No team scoring

Rutgers-Camden School Records:
* Tina DiGiovanni, 10,000 meters, 39:46.03 (Old: 44:10.7 by Kate Byrnes at Messiah Invitational, April 10, 1999)

Rutgers-Camden Winners:
* Women’s 4x100 (Tiffany Logan, Nafeesa Yusuff, Nicole Parkinson, Tameka Jackson), 51.72

Sat., April 3 at Osprey Open (Richard Stockton College) 10 a.m.
Sat., April 10 at Delaware Invitational 11 a.m.
Sat., April 17 at Messiah College Falcon Invitational 9 a.m.

Senior Tina DiGiovanni (Collingswood, NJ/Collingswood) shattered the Rutgers University-Camden school record in the 10,000-meter run and the Lady Raptors’ 4x100 relay team finished first in a time of 51.72 at the Danny Curran Invitational, held Saturday at Widener University.

No team scores were kept in the meet.

DiGiovanni posted a time of 39:46.03 in the 10,000-meter run to finish third in the event. The old school record was 44:10.7, set by Kate Byrnes at the Messiah Invitational April 10, 1999.

The Lady Raptors’ 4x100 relay team, meanwhile, finished nearly 3.5 seconds ahead of its competition behind the combined efforts of junior Tiffany Logan (Turnersville, NJ/Washington Township), sophomore Nafeesa Yusuff (Vineland, NJ/Vineland), senior Nicole Parkinson (Englewood, NJ/Bergen County Tech) and junior anchor Tameka Jackson (Pennsauken, NJ/Sterling).

Jackson also finished third in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes in times of 26.17 and 1:01.48, respectively.

Logan placed seventh in the 100-meter high hurdles (17.6) and ninth in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles (1:13.33).She also finished sixth in the long jump (14-4).


Yusuff finished sixth in the 100-meter dash (14.07) and 11th in the 200-meter dash (29.35), while Parkinson finished fourth in the long jump (14-8.75).

In the women’s field events, freshman Donna-Marie Kirk (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) finished fifth in the discus with a throw of 106-7. She set the school record in that event March 20 with a toss of 113-3 at the Richard Stockton College Invitational.

On the men’s side, three Raptors finished in the top 27 of the 100-meter dash, led by freshman Raphael Fuentes (Yonkers, NY/Haddonfield), who placed 14th at 11.55. Junior co-captain Taiwan Lamb (Atlantic City, NY/Atlantic City) was 17th (11.67) and sophomore Tyrell McGraw (Hammonton, NJ/Edgewood) finished 27th (12.16). That trio also ran the 200-meter dash, with Fuentes finishing 13th (23.59), Lamb 18th (23.68) and McGraw 41st (27.12).

Sophomore Mike Fox (Hainesport, NJ/Rancocas Valley) finished second in the 10,000-meter run (35:29.57).

In the 400-meter dash, the Raptors’ freshman Stefon Coleman (Penns Grove, NJ/Penns Grove) finished 15th (57.57). Rutgers-Camden placed sophomore Chris McGowan (Barrington, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) and junior co-captain Matthew Weng (Lakehurst, NJ/Shawnee) 14th and 28th, respectively, in the 800-meter run with times of 2:04.52 and 2:13.75.

The men’s 4x100 relay team, comprised of Fuentes, McGraw, Coleman and anchor Lamb, finished third in a time of 45.29.

Sophomore Kevin Pang (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) finished 21st in the shot put (24-10) and 16th in the javelin (105-0).


(at Outdoor Country Club, York, PA) (9th out of 11)

1. Gettysburg, 312; 2. York College, 321; 3. (tie) Lebanon Valley and Moravian, 322; 5. (tie) Elizabethtown and College of New Jersey, 327; 7. Dickinson, 328; 8. Susquehanna, 330; 9.

Rutgers-Camden, 333; 10. Ursinus, 361; 11. Villa Julie, 362.

Medalist: Steve Hurd (Gettysburg), 71.

Rutgers-Camden medalists: Hugh Arbuthnot and Brian Mason, 81.

Rutgers-Camden scores: Arbuthnot, 81; Mason, 81; Chris Kelly, 83; Brian Baskin, 88; Ryan Cusick, 91; Rob Burgess, 97.

(at Susquehanna Valley Country Club, Selinsgrove, PA) (3rd out of 7)

1. Susquehanna A, 296; 2. Susquehanna B, 310; 3. Rutgers-Camden, 312 (school record);

4. Elizabethtown, 316; 5. Susquehanna C, 318; 6. Lycoming, 321; 7. Haverford, 376.

Medalist: Greg Mascioli (Susquehanna), 71.

Rutgers-Camden medalists: Hugh Arbuthnot and Chris Kelley,77.

Rutgers-Camden scores: Arbuthnot, 77; Kelly, 77; Brian Baskin, 79; John Goff, 79;

Ryan Cusick, 88; Alternates: Rob Burgess, 87; Spencer Moore, 89.

Fri., April 2 at Moravian College Invitational 12:30 p.m.
Thurs., April 8 at Widener University Invitational 12 p.m.
Tues., April 13 at Alvernia College Invitational 1 p.m.

After having its opener delayed one week by snow, the Rutgers-Camden golf team played two invitationals in four days to start its spring season. Although the Raptors struggled with the icy conditions at their opening meet, they didn’t waste any time bouncing back.

Rutgers-Camden turned the Susquehanna University Tee-Off Invitational into a history-making event March 25. The Scarlet Raptors broke the school record with a team score of 312 as they finished third out of seven teams at the invitational, which was held at the Susquehanna Valley Country Club. The invitational, which had been postponed from its original March 18 date due to snow, also saw four Raptors record rounds in the 70’s, another first in school history.


Leading the way for Rutgers-Camden were junior Hugh Arbuthnot (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) and freshman Chris Kelley (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield), who each recorded sparkling rounds of 77. Right on their heels were junior Brian Baskin (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) and sophomore John Goff (Haddon Heights, NJ/Paul VI), who each shot a 79. Rounding out the team effort was senior Ryan Cusick (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee), who shot an 88..

Competing as alternates, the Raptors received an 87 from freshman Rob Burgess (Sewell, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) and an 89 from junior Spencer Moore (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape).

The previous school record for a team score was a 313, recorded at the Pocono Intercollegiate Championships, held at King’s College, on April 21, 1994.

The Raptors’ four golfers in the 70’s also passed the standard of three, accomplished several times. The last time the Raptors placed three golfers in the 70s was at the Franklin and Marshall College Invitational Sept. 29, 1993, when Tony Benfield (75), Chris Bevelheimer (77) and Sean Matteo (79) accomplished the feat.

Susquehanna University finished in the top two spots in its invitational, with the A team shooting a 296 and the B team recording a 310. The Raptors placed third with their 312, followed by Elizabethtown (316), Susquehanna C (318), Lycoming (321) and Haverford (376).

Susquehanna freshman Greg Mascioli was the individual winner with a 71.

Earlier in the week, the Raptors opened their spring season in the wind and cold at the Outdoor Country Club in York, PA. Arbuthnot and junior Brian Mason (Bridgeton, NJ/Bridgeton) tied for team medalist honors by shooting 81’s and Rutgers-Camden recorded a 333 team score to finish ninth out of 11 clubs at the 2004 York College Golf Invitational March 22.

Gettysburg College won the invitational with a 312 score, led by individual medalist Steve Hurd (71).

Mason, a transfer from Burlington County College, was competing in his first meet at Rutgers-Camden, as was Kelley, who finished third on the Raptors with an 83. Rounding out the Rutgers-Camden team effort were Baskin and Cusick, who shot an 88 and a 91, respectively.

Burgess, competing as an individual while serving as an alternate, shot a 97 in his first outing of the spring.

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