Monday, April 26, 2004
By Mike Ballard
CO-RAPTORS OF THE WEEK
Freshman Raphael Fuentes and sophomore Michelle Schlichtig turned in record-setting performances for the Rutgers-Camden track and softball teams, respectively. Fuentes set school records in the 100-meter dash (11.04) and the 200-meter dash (22.63) at the TCNJ Lions Invite 2004. He broke the mark of 11.4 in the 100, which was accomplished four times, and lowered his own week-old mark of 23.12 in the 200.
Schlichtig, meanwhile, established a host of single-season pitching records, including wins (17) and strikeouts (212) while hurling the Lady Raptors to a berth in the New Jersey Athletic Conference Tournament. She won both ends of a doubleheader against William Paterson (April 20), hurled a no-hitter against the College of Staten Island (April 22) and won the game against Ramapo College (April 24) that clinched a playoff spot. This is the second weekly award this spring for Schlichtig, who also won Raptor of the Week honors on April 12.
The Lady Raptors completed their regular season in style, setting a program record for victories and earning a berth in the New Jersey Athletic Conference Tournament in their last game.
After dropping the opening game against host Ramapo College, 3-1, on April 24, the Lady Raptors rode the three-hit pitching of sophomore Michelle Schlichtig (Barrington, NJ/Haddon Heights) to a 2-1 victory in the nightcap, clinching the fourth and final spot in the upcoming NJAC Tournament, which will begin at Ramapo College Thursday. The Lady Raptors, the fourth seed, will face No. 1 Ramapo in their opening game at 1 p.m., followed by No. 2 Rowan against No. 3 Montclair State at 3:30 p.m.
The Lady Raptors earned that playoff spot with their record-setting 29th victory of the year as they passed the old program mark set by the 28-11-1 team of 2003. Rutgers-Camden saw Schlichtig allow only three hits, one earned run and no walks, while striking out 11, to raise her record to 17-5. The Roadrunners scored their lone run in the fourth inning on a double by sophomore center fielder Erica Moore. She advanced on a fly out and scored on a single by senior third baseman Michelle Micklos.
Rutgers-Camden notched single runs in the first and third innings. In the first, freshman second baseman Stacy Haas (Florence, NJ/Florence) and junior shortstop Celeste Chinappi (Bellmawr, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) had back-to-back singles, and Haas scored on a one-out single by freshman catcher Mo Baney (Deptford, NJ/Deptford).
In the third, Chinappi reached second base on an infield throwing error and scored on a single by Schlichtig. Schlichtig and Haas each went 2-for-3 in the game.
In the opening game, the Raptors took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning in a pitchers’ duel between junior Becky Johnson (Bridgeton, NJ/Cumberland) and Ramapo ace Jamie Anzaldi. Rutgers-Camden scored an unearned run when Haas had an infield single, was sacrificed to second by Chinappi and reached third on a dropped fly ball. She scored on a sacrifice fly by Baney.
The Raptors’ defense failed Johnson in the bottom of the frame, however, as Ramapo scored three unearned runs after the first two batters reached on infield errors. The Roadrunners scored on RBI singles by sophomore catcher Lisa Rizzo and Anzaldi, sandwiched around an RBI foul out.
Johnson allowed five hits and no walks, while striking out two and surrendering three unearned runs. Anzaldi fanned eight, walked one and threw a three-hitter, allowing one unearned run. She also went 2-for-3 at the plate.
On April 22, Schlichtig hurled a no-hitter in the nightcap of a doubleheader and received plenty of offensive support from freshman first baseman Ashley O’Brien (Phoenixville, PA/Spring Ford), who clubbed a three-run home run and a grand slam, as Rutgers-Camden swept a non-conference doubleheader from the College of Staten Island, 13-0 and 18-0, in a pair of five-inning home games.
The Scarlet Raptors rode the three-hit shutout pitching of Johnson in the opener.
The 18 runs in the second game was the most Rutgers-Camden has scored since a 20-3 win over Rutgers-Newark April 29, 1999.
Schlichtig was in charge in the nightcap as only one runner reached base for the Dolphins, coming on a one-out infield error in the first inning. She struck out 11 to raise her single-season program strikeout record to 201, becoming the first pitcher in school history to pass the 200-strikeout plateau in one season. Along the way, she fanned the side three times.
The no-hitter was the second of the year for Schlichtig, who hurled a seven-inning gem with 17 strikeouts in a 6-0 win over Swarthmore College April 8.
O’Brien powered the offense in the nightcap, launching a three-run home run during the Raptors’ six-run first inning, and drilling a grand slam as Rutgers-Camden scored six more times in the fourth. Her two home runs tied a single-game mark accomplished by Johnson (April 23, 2003) and by Shannon Ireland (March 15, 2001). O’Brien’s seven RBIs tied Tara Harris (April 5, 1988) for the second-highest single-game total behind the eight from Stephanie Ortona (March 17, 1999).
In the nightcap, Schlichtig also tied a single-season pitching record with her 20th complete game, while setting the single-season mark for innings pitched (134-1/3). The old mark of 132-2/3 was set by Sarah O’Malley in 2002.
Johnson also clubbed her 10th home run of the year, extending both her single-season and career (17) home run records at Rutgers-Camden.
The Raptors’ 18-hit attack in the nightcap was led by junior outfielder Erin James (Gloucester, NJ/Gloucester) and Baney, who each went 3-for-4.
In the opening game, Johnson recorded her eighth shutout of the season. She’s tied with Schlichtig for the team high in that category.
Rutgers-Camden scored three runs in the first inning, aided by Johnson’s two-run single, added a pair of runs in the second and put the game away with an eight-run fourth inning. That big frame featured five hits, one error and six walks.
In the opening game, the Lady Raptors collected nine hits, including two apiece Chinappi, Schlichtig and Johnson. Johnson helped her own cause with three RBIs and two runs scored.
In the first doubleheader of the week, Schlichtig set Rutgers-Camden single-season softball records for wins and strikeouts while pitching the Scarlet Raptors to both ends of a New Jersey Athletic Conference sweep over William Paterson University, 2-1 in eight innings and 4-2, here Tuesday.
Schlichtig raised her record to 15-5 and her strikeout total to 190 as she passed the old single-season marks for wins (14) and strikeouts (181) held by Sarah O’Malley. O’Malley had 14 wins in both 2002 and 2003, and 181 strikeouts in 2001.
Schlichtig struck out 14 and walked only one in hurling a three-hit win in the opening game. She fanned two and walked two during a two-hitter in the nightcap. She allowed only one earned run in each game.
Paterson took a 1-0 lead in the opening game on a solo home run in the second inning by freshman designated player Liz Sisca. It was Sisca’s fifth home run of the season.
The Lady Raptors got that run back in the sixth inning off Pioneer sophomore starter Jenn Scott, who was the losing pitcher in both games. Johnson hit her ninth home run of the season to tie the game.
Rutgers-Camden won the game in the bottom of the eighth inning after Chinappi was placed on second to start the frame under the international tie-breaker rule. She was sacrificed to third by Johnson. A walk to freshman right fielder Autumn Millett (Richwood, NJ/Clearview Regional) and a fielding error by Scott loaded the bases. Baney plated the winning run with an infield single in the shortstop hole.
Scott worked 7-1/3 innings, allowing six hits, five walks and one earned run. She struck out four.
In the nightcap, William Paterson took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning following a single by freshman second baseman April Sardinas-Wyssling. After a ground out and a sacrifice, Sisca was walked intentionally. Sophomore catcher Nicole Arias plated one run on an infield single, and Sisca scored on an overthrow at third base during the play.
The Raptors bounced back with three runs in the top of the sixth after James walked and Haas reached on an error. Schlichtig doubled home the tying runs and was sacrificed to third by Chinappi. She scored on a passed ball.
The Raptors added their final run in the seventh on a pair of hits, a passed ball and a wild pitch.
For the day, Sisca went 2-for-4 and was walked twice intentionally for Paterson. For Rutgers-Camden, Johnson and Baney had a hit in each game.
The Scarlet Raptors collected victories to open and close the week, but sandwiched three straight losses between them. They closed the week April 24 by splitting a doubleheader at New Jersey City University, losing the opener, 6-2, and winning the nightcap, 7-1.
Junior pitchers Matt Novella (Lindenwold, NJ/Overbrook) and Paul DeMarco (Mullica Hill, NJ/Clearview Regional) combined on a five-hitter as the Raptors defeated New Jersey City University, 7-1, to earn a split of their New Jersey Athletic Conference doubleheader.
After NJCU scored an unearned run in the second inning of the nightcap, the Raptors bounced back with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Senior second baseman Barry Huver (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) hit a one-out single, stole second and advanced to third on a ground out. Huver, who went 2-for-4, scored on an RBI single by senior center fielder Brian Murphy (Sewell, NJ/Paul VI), who stole second and scored on a single by senior designated hitter Mike Carlino (Pennsauken, NJ/Camden Catholic).
The Raptors added another run in the seventh inning when Huver singled and scored on a triple by Carlino, and plated a pair of runs in the eighth.
Junior right fielder Dustin Roach (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) opened the eighth with a double. Sophomore shortstop Brian Jakubowski (Audubon, NJ/Audubon), who went 2-for-5, singled home pinch-runner Evan Graham (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West). Jakubowski advanced to second on the throw home, moved up on a fly out and scored on a single by sophomore left fielder Nick Turekian (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East).
Rutgers-Camden completed its scoring with a two-run ninth inning, sparked by a one-out double from Carlino, who went 4-for-4 with one run and two RBIs. Jakubowski collected an RBI single and freshman catcher Tom Terrill (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) plated the final run on a ground out.
Novella (3-1) earned the victory, working five innings, allowing five hits, no walks and only one unearned run. He struck out five. DeMarco earned his first save with four perfect innings, striking out five. Novella and DeMarco combined to hold NJCU’s senior center fielder Patrick Moore 0-for-3, snapping his 13-game hitting streak. Moore went 3-for-4 in the opener.
In the first game, the Scarlet Raptors were sailing along with a 2-0 lead until the seventh inning, when the Gothic Knights scored all six of their runs. NJCU’s inning opened with a single to left field by freshman right fielder Paul Geiger. Geiger reached second on a fielder’s choice when the Raptors made an error on the force out. A single by senior second baseman Denis Peguero loaded the bases.
Junior shortstop Anthony Caivano reached on run-scoring error and brought the Raptors’ junior reliever Michael Wunderler (Blue Anchor, NJ/St. Joseph-Hammonton) in to replace sophomore starter Tom Ford (Laurel Springs, NJ/Paul VI). Senior left fielder Jonathan Thomas singled home the tying run. Freshman third baseman Wilfredo DelValle ripped a three-run double and eventually scored the final run on a ground out.
Senior righty Aaron Grossman picked up the win for the Gothic Knights, hurling a five-hitter with four walks and five strikeouts. Grossman (6-2) allowed only one earned run.
For Rutgers-Camden, Murphy went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI singles. Both singles plated Terrill, who went 2-for-4.
Ford (2-3) took the loss, working six innings and allowing seven hits and one walk. He struck out eight and allowed four runs, only two earned.
In a home NJAC game April 23, the Scarlet Raptors lost to Rowan University, 4-1, as freshman right-hander Brian McLaughlin hurled eight strong innings and freshman designated hitter Shawn Counard collected a two-run double in the first inning.
McLaughlin (5-1), who allowed only five hits and three walks, while striking out five, hurled shutout ball until tiring in the ninth inning. He entered the frame working on a three-hit shutout, but allowed a leadoff single in the ninth to sophomore first baseman Matt Calloway (Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional). When Roach followed with a double, McLaughlin was relieved by senior Jim Gendaszek. Gendaszek retired the next three batters, including Jakubowski on a sacrifice fly, to record his fourth save.
Rowan scored all the runs it needed with a three-run first inning off Raptor starting and losing pitcher Matt Ulmer (Beverly, NJ/Holy Cross). The Profs’ junior right fielder Bryan Ciconte opened the game by drawing a walk. Senior second baseman Nick Urbanovich hit an opposite-field single to left, then was erased on a fielder’s choice by junior catcher Michael Rucci.
Counard followed by slicing an opposite-field double to left center, plating Ciconte and Rucci. Sophomore left fielder Matt Enuco drilled a single, scoring Counard easily when the ball was overrun in shallow left field for an error.
After Rowan’s three-run first inning, Ulmer matched scoreless innings with McLaughlin until the ninth, when the Profs tacked on an insurance run on a sacrifice fly by Rucci.
Ciconte went 3-for-4 with two runs in the game, while Urbanovich was 3-for-5 and Counard collected two RBIs.
For Rutgers-Camden, Roach went 2-for-3 and also threw out a runner at the plate in the fourth inning.
Ulmer (4-4) allowed 11 hits and four runs (three earned) in 8-1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out four.
In a non-league game April 21 in Center Valley, PA, the Raptors suffered a 3-2 loss to DeSales University as junior catcher Nolan Neiman hit an RBI single through the right side of the infield in the bottom of the 12th inning. The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the 12th inning on a single, an error and an intentional walk before Neiman collected his game-winning hit.
DeSales had tied the game at two in the bottom of the ninth inning on an RBI groundout from freshman shortstop Matt Lezinsky scoring junior designated hitter Ian Hauze, who had singled to lead off the inning.
Junior left fielder Dan Fratantoro started the Bulldogs’ comeback from a 2-0 deficit with an RBI single in the eighth inning.
Carlino hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning giving the Scarlet Raptors a 1-0 lead. The Raptors, who saw their two-game hitting streak snapped, took a 2-0 lead in the eighth inning. Murphy hit a double, scoring Graham, who had reached on a bunt single.
Freshman Matt Gardner earned the win in relief after retiring both batters he faced in the top of the 12th inning. Sophomore Tony Pomanti pitched well in relief for DeSales, working 3-2/3 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three. Sophomore Matt Burkhart went 7-2/3 innings as the starter, allowing just four hits and two runs.
Rutgers-Camden sophomore Tyler Inkster (Audubon, NJ/Audubon) took the loss as he went 3-2/3 innings in relief, allowing six hits and two runs. Sophomore Tom White (Woodbury, NJ/West Deptford), making the first start of his Rutgers-Camden career, turned in an outstanding performance for the Scarlet Raptors, working 7-2/3 innings and allowing only five hits and one earned run. He struck out two, hit one and didn’t walk a batter.
In the Raptors’ first game of the week, Calloway and Roach each collected three hits, and Murphy had two hits, including the 200th of his career, as Rutgers-Camden defeated Gwynedd-Mercy College, 6-4, in a non-conference game April 20 in Gwynedd Valley, PA.
Murphy became the first player in school history to amass 200 hits with a leadoff single to open the game. He stole second and scored on a two-out double by Roach. Jakubowski followed with an RBI double to give the Raptors a 2-0 lead they never surrendered.
Gwynedd-Mercy got one back in the second inning on an RBI single by senior designated hitter Greg Willauer, but the Raptors scored twice in the fourth inning, sparked when freshman DH Shane McNichol (Blackwood, NJ/Highland) was hit by a pitch with two outs. Freshman left fielder Nick Lentine (Stratford, NJ/Sterling) drew a walk and both runners scored on a double by Murphy.
The Raptors added a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by senior third baseman Dave Petitt (Lindenwold, NJ/Overbrook) and a run in the ninth on a walk, a single and a wild pitch.
Junior righty Michael Wunderler (Blue Anchor, NJ/St. Joseph’s-Hammonton), the third of four Raptor pitchers, collected the win, working 2-2/3 shutout innings, allowing two hits and one walk. He struck out one in raising his record to 1-2.
Rutgers-Camden School Records:
Freshman Raphael Fuentes (Yonkers, NY/Haddonfield) set Rutgers-Camden school records in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and freshman Donna-Marie Kirk (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) broke her own school mark in the discus as the Scarlet Raptors’ track team competed in the TCNJ Lions Invite 2004, April 24 at The College of New Jersey.
Fuentes blazed to a seventh-place finish in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.04. The old record of 11.4 was accomplished four times, with the last two times being turned in by junior captain Taiwan Lamb (Atlantic City, NJ/Atlantic City), most recently at the Salisbury University Opener March 6, 2004.
Fuentes also broke his own mark with a 22.63 clocking in the 200-meter dash, good for eighth place. He set the previous mark of 23.12 on April 17, 2004 at the Messiah Invitational.
Kirk threw the discus 35.73 meters (117-2.69) to break her mark of 113-9, set at the Osprey Open April 3, 2004.
In the non-scoring meet, the Raptors also received fine performances from their 4x100 relay teams. The men’s team, comprised of Fuentes, sophomore Tyrell McGraw (Hammonton, NJ/Edgewood), freshman Stefon Coleman (Penns Grove, NJ/Penns Grove) and Lamb, finished fourth in a time of 45.08.
The women were seventh in a 50.92 clocking with a team of senior Nicole Parkinson (Englewood, NJ/Bergen County Tech), juniors Tameka Jackson (Pennsauken, NJ/Sterling) and Tiffany Logan (Turnersville, NJ/Washington Township) and sophomore Nafeesa Yusuff (Vineland, NJ/Vineland).
Jackson also finished second in the 200-meter dash (25.61), while Logan finished 24th in the long jump (15-1.89) and 18th in the 100-meter high hurdles (17.45). Yusuff finished 24th in the 100-meter dash (13.36) and 21st at 200 meters (27.81). Parkinson was 25th at both the 100-meter dash (13.48) and the long jump (15-1.5).
On the men’s side, Lamb also finished 21st in both the 100-meter dash (11.53) and 200-meter dash (23.69), in addition to a 23rd-place finish in the long jump (18-10.5). Coleman was 30th at both 200 (24.10) and 400 meters (55.65), while McGraw finished 45th in the 100-meter dash (12.04).
Sophomore Mike Fox (Hainesport, NJ/Rancocas Valley) finished 29th at 1,500 meters (4:10.77) and 31st at 800 meters (2:01.13). Senior Mathew McElroy (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) was 33rd at 400 meters (1:00.58) and sophomore Chris McGowan (Barrington, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) finished 46th at 800 meters (2:04.07). Junior Matthew Weng (Lakehurst, NJ/Shawnee) finished 13th in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles (58.71).
1. Moravian, 313; 2. Franklin & Marshall, 315; 3. Keystone, 321; 4. Elizabethtown, 327; 5. The College of New Jersey, 328; 6. Washington and Jefferson, 332; 7. Rutgers-Camden, 334; 8. York, 338; 9. Lebanon Valley, 339 (92 -5th); 10. Alvernia, 339 (94-5th); 11. Ursinus, 348; 12. Gettysburg, 350; 13. Messiah, 353; 14. Dickinson, 355; 15. Villa Julie, 365; 16. Franklin & Marshall "B", 377.
Medalist: Bryan Kurylo (Moravian), 73.
Fri., April 23 RUTGERS-CAMDEN SPRING GOLF INVITATIONAL
1. Rutgers-Camden A, 309 (school record); 2. Richard Stockton, 333; 3. Rutgers-Camden B, 359; 4. Philadelphia Biblical College, 404.
Medalist: John Murphy (Richard Stockton), 73.
Junior Hugh Arbuthnot (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) and senior captain Ryan Cusick (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) each shot a 75 at the Town & Country Golf Links as the Rutgers University-Camden golf team set a program record with a 309 team score and clinched a winning spring at the first Rutgers-Camden Spring Golf Invitationall April 23 in Woodstown.
The Scarlet Raptors’ “A” team finished first out of four clubs to give Rutgers-Camden a 37-36 record in spring invitationals, clinching the first winning semester since the team went 63-23-1 in the spring of 1994.
With their 309 team score, the Raptors also set a program record, lowering the standard of 312 they set on March 25, 2004 at the Susquehanna University Tee-Off Invitational.
The Raptors’ A team finished ahead of Richard Stockton (333), the Rutgers-Camden B team (359) and Philadelphia Biblical College (404).
John Murphy of Stockton was the individual medalist with a 73, while Arbuthnot edged Cusick for second place on a match of cards.
Cusick, who was playing in his final tournament at Rutgers-Camden, set a career low, two strokes better than the 77 he recorded at the Moravian College Fall Golf Invitational Sept. 25, 2003.
Rounding out the Raptors’ A team were , junior Brian Mason (Bridgeton, NJ/Bridgeton), sophomore John Goff (Haddon Heights, NJ/Paul VI) and freshman Chris Kelley (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield), who recorded rounds of 77, 82 and 85, respectively.
The Raptors’ B team was led by freshman Joe Zulli (Bellmawr, NJ/Pauol VI), who shot an 85. Freshman Rob Burgess (Sewell, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) turned in a round of 88, while junior Brian Baskin (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) and junior Spencer Moore (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) shot a 92 and a 94, respectively.
Earlier in the week, Cusick shot an 80, to power Rutgers-Camden to a seventh-place finish out of 16 teams at the Franklin & Marshall Spring Men’s Golf Invitational April 19.
The Scarlet Raptors recorded a team score of 334 at the Bent Creek Golf Course in Lancaster, PA. They finished two shots behind sixfth-place Washington and Jefferson College.
Moravian College won the event with a 313, led by individual medalist Bryan Kurylo, who shot a 73. Host Franklin & Marshall College finished second with a 315 team score.
For the Raptors, Mason notched an 83 to finish three strokes behind Cusick. Kelley shot an 85, while Arbuthnot recorded an 86. Goff notched an 87.
Photos by Nancy L. Pope
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