Raptors of the Week: Mo Baney & Matt Novella
Monday, April 25, 2005
By Mike Ballard
Senior reliever Matt Novella earned saves in all three of his appearances last week, including a win over FDU-Florham April 19 and a doubleheader sweep of William Paterson April 24. He worked 2-1/3 innings overall, allowing two hits, no runs, no walks and striking out two. The saves gave him eight for the season, breaking Dan McKenna’s old program mark of six, set in 2002. Novella also extended his career records to 12 saves and 59 appearances.
SOFTBALL (29-1/10-0 NJAC)
Sophomore catcher Mo Baney (Deptford, NJ/Deptford) went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in each game, including a game-tying two-run home run in the sixth inning of the opener, sparking Rutgers-Camden to a doubleheader sweep over Rowan University, 3-2 and 4-0, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference doubleheader April 19 in Camden. It was the Raptors’ lone action of the week, as a weekend doubleheader at Montclair State was postponed due to the weather.
In the opening game, Rowan built a 2-0 lead off Rutgers-Camden junior hurler Michelle Schlichtig (Barrington, NJ/Haddon Heights) with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, junior center fielder Katie Lavin opened the inning with a slap single to second base. She was sacrificed to second by freshman third baseman Kristin Wallace. One out later, senior left fielder Nicole Panikiewsky beat out an infield hit, but the ball skipped away on a close play at first base, allowing Lavin to score from second base on the error.
The Profs added their second run in the sixth after a leadoff double by sophomore catcher Kim Ryan. Pinch-runner Amanda Brown was sacrificed to third by junior shortstop Casey Bartolf. Brown scored on a single to left by pinch-hitter Jen Lake.
That lead appeared to be more than enough for Rowan junior Colleen Oswald, who hurled no-hit ball into the fourth inning before Baney broke up the no-hitter with a one-out single. Entering the sixth, Oswald had a two-hit shutout.
With one out in the sixth inning, senior shortstop Celeste Chinappi (Bellmawr, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) got a second life when her foul pop was dropped for an error. She followed with a single to center her 150th career hit setting the stage for Baney, who launched a game-tying home run to right field. It was Baney’s first home run of the season.
The Raptors won the game in the bottom of the seventh after Schlichtig drew a one-out walk and advanced on a ground out. Chinappi followed with a grounder behind second and barely beat the throw to first for an infield single. Running all the way, Schlichtig came home ahead of a throw to the plate, scoring the winning run.
Schlichtig finished with a six-hitter, allowing two runs (one earned) and three walks. She struck out 12, giving her 497 career strikeouts, passing the old program record of 488 set by Sarah O’Malley from 2001-2003.
Oswald (10-5) threw a five-hitter, allowing three runs (two earned) and four walks. She fanned three.
In the second game, Raptor senior Becky Johnson (Bridgeton, NJ/Cumberland Regional) fired a four-hitter for her 19th career shutout. Johnson (8-1) walked one and struck out three.
Rowan senior Sarah Dickey took the loss, allowing seven hits and four earned runs. Dickey (9-6) walked three and struck out five.
Rutgers-Camden scored all the runs Johnson needed in the first inning, loading the bases on a walk to Schlichtig and singles by sophomore third baseman Alaina Giles (Willingboro, NJ/Holy Cross) and Chinappi, who extended her hitting streak to 11 games. Baney singled home the first run, Johnson drew an RBI walk and sophomore center fielder Autumn Millett (Richwood, NJ/Clearview Regional) added a run-scoring ground out.
The Raptors loaded the bases in the second following a leadoff single by freshman first baseman Kathleen Dreitlein (Berkeley Heights, NJ/Governor Livingston). Freshman right fielder Jayme Feriod (Glassboro, NJ/Glassboro) was hit by a pitch and Giles hit a one-out single. Following a force at the plate, Baney walked to plate another run.
Giles and Baney each had two hits in the nightcap for the Raptors.
The Scarlet Raptors posted a 3-1 week, including a 2-1 record in the New Jersey Athletic Conference, during a homestand which featured everything from record-setting performances to a game postponed due to sinkholes. The Raptors opened their week with a 9-8 non-conference win over Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham April 19, but were forced to postpone the next day’s game against DeSales University due to sinkholes, which developed at Campbell’s Field.
After losing a 2-1 NJAC game against Richard Stockton College on April 22, Rutgers-Camden bounced back to sweep William Paterson University, 11-9 and 3-2, April 24.
Senior reliever Matt Novella (Lindenwold, NJ/Overbrook Regional) saved both ends of the Paterson doubleheader, setting a single-season Rutgers-Camden save mark in the process, and junior shortstop Brian Jakubowski (Audubon, NJ/Audubon) had tie-breaking singles in both contests and extended his hitting streak to nine games.
Novella, with his two saves, set the single-season program save mark at eight, breaking the tie he had with Dan McKenna’s mark of six, set in 2002. Novella, who worked 1-2/3 innings, allowing only one hit and striking out one in his two saves, also increased his career save record to 12 and extended his mark of most pitching appearances in a Rutgers-Camden uniform to 59.
Junior Derek Heritage (Cedarbrook, NJ/Edgewood) earned the victory in the first game in relief of senior starter Matt Ulmer (Beverly, NJ/Holy Cross), who was trying for his program-record 18th career win. Ulmer worked 5-2/3 innings to establish the Rutgers-Camden career mark for innings pitched (206-2/3), breaking the mark of 205 by Mike Pizzutillo (2000-03), yet left with a 7-7 tie.
Heritage worked out of a bases-loaded jam with a strikeout and worked 2-2/3 innings, allowing four hits, two earned runs and no walks. He struck out three to raise his record to 4-1. Novella relieved him with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, He allowed one run on a fielder’s choice and another on a single by pinch-hitter Dwayne Dowell before ending the game with a strikeout.
Rutgers-Camden took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth inning, as the Raptors loaded the bases against senior reliever Jake Pravkewitz on a walk sandwiched between two hit batsmen. Jakubowski followed with a two-run single to center, giving the Raptors the lead for good at 9-7.
For the game, Jakubowski went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Senior left fielder Ed McDonnell (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) and sophomore center fielder Nate Buchter (Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) both went 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs.
For Paterson, sophomore right fielder Brian Gelalia went 3-for-5 with one run and one RBI, while freshman third baseman Anthony Cacciola and senior DH Jeremy Winter each went 2-for-5. Cacciola had two runs and two RBIs, while Winter collected three RBIs.
In the nightcap, Paterson sophomore Mike Santana and Rutgers-Camden sophomore Jason Ronca (Eastampton, NJ/Rancocas Valley) both made strong starts, with Ronca working 6-2/3 innings of two-hit ball, allowing one earned run and six walks, while fanning six in raising his record to 4-2. Santana worked 4-1/3 innings, allowing six hits, two runs (one earned) and two walks. He struck out three in falling to 3-1.
Freshman Andrew Lihotz (Philadelphia, PA/Northeast) turned in a fine relief job for the Raptors, working out of a two-out, two-on jam in the seventh with a strikeout and going 1-1/3 innings, allowing three hits and one unearned run. He struck out three.
Novella worked a scoreless inning in the ninth after Gelalia opened the frame with a single off Lihotz.
Locked in a 1-1 tie, the Raptors scored a run in the fifth after junior third baseman Tyler Inkster (Audubon, NJ/Audubon) hit a leadoff single. He was forced by freshman second baseman Dean Straga (Mullica Hill, NJ/Clearview Regional), who advanced on a wild pitch. Jakubowski singled him home.
The Raptors added an insurance run in the seventh inning following a leadoff walk to Straga. He eventually scored on a single by sophomore DH Butch Amato (Haddon Heights, NJ/Paul VI). That run became big after Gelalia opened the ninth with a single and the first batter Novella faced reached on an error, putting runners at the corners with no outs. Senior first baseman Anthony Mazzo plated one run with a ground out, but Novella worked out of the jam with a fly out and a grounder to end the game.
Jakubowski and McDonnell each went 2-for-3 for the Raptors, while Gelalia was 2-for-4 with two runs for the Pioneers.
In the Raptors’ first NJAC game of the week, Richard Stockton College senior righthander Dave Hall hurled a three-hitter, striking out 13, to win a pitchers’ duel over Rutgers-Camden junior Tom Ford (Laurel Springs, NJ/Paul VI) as the Ospreys edged the Scarlet Raptors, 2-1, April 22 in Camden.
Stockton scored the only runs Hall needed on a two-run home run in the sixth inning by junior catcher Chris Crescenzi.
Hall, who improves to 5-1, kept Rutgers-Camden off-balance all day with an outstanding curveball, limiting the Raptors to only one hit a first-inning single by Jakubowski over the first seven innings. Hall finished with a three-hitter, allowing two walks and one hit batsman, while striking out 13.
Ford, who falls to 3-2, was nearly as tough. He hurled a seven-hitter, walking one and striking out six, while also hitting one batter. The Ospreys reached him for their two runs in the sixth, sparked by a one-out single to right field by freshman shortstop Pat Goodwin. Crescenzi followed with a home run to left-center field, his team-leading fourth homer of the season.
Rutgers-Camden tried to rally in the eight off Hall, who had faced only 22 batters one over the minimum over the first seven innings. Amato opened the frame with a single and was replaced by senior pinch-runner Jim Slade (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown). Junior first baseman Nick Faragasso (Sewell, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) drew a walk and Buchter reached on a fielder’s choice, forcing Slade at third on a sacrifice attempt. After sophomore pinch-hitter Tom Terrill (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) loaded the bases with an infield single, the Raptors plated their only run on a sacrifice fly to left field by freshman pinch-hitter Joe Midili (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township).
Stockton’s junior second baseman Ross Karrer was the lone player in the game with multiple hits, going 3-for-4. Crescenzi and Osprey freshman catcher Mike Landi, who had a double, were the only players with extra-base hits.
In their opening game of the week, the Raptors outlasted Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham, 9-8, April 19 in Camden as Amato went 4-for-4 with one run and four RBIs and Novella tied the Rutgers-Camden single-season record with his sixth save.
Amato singled home two runs in the fifth inning that gave Rutgers-Camden the lead for good at 6-5, and made a winner out of Raptor junior starter Derek Heritage (Cedarbrook, NJ/Edgewood), who worked five innings, allowing nine hits and five earned runs. He raised his record to 3-1.
The Raptors improved to 21-7, while the Devils fell to 13-6.
FDU-Florham took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, aided by an RBI triple from junior shortstop Jim DaSilva. DaSilva, who had a huge day by going 5-for-5 with three triples, two runs and five RBIs, scored on a single by senior third baseman Thomas Calistri.
Rutgers-Camden tied the game in the bottom of the first after freshman second baseman Dean Straga (Mullica Hill, NJ/Clearview Regional) opened with a single. He scored on a triple by Jakubowski, who was plated on a sacrifice fly by junior first baseman Matt Calloway (Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional).
The Scarlet Raptors took a 4-2 lead with a two-run fourth inning, aided by three singles and a pair of errors. Buchter had one RBI in the frame.
FDU bounced right back with a three-run fifth, which featured five hits, including a two-run single by DaSilva. Rutgers-Camden, however, countered with two runs of its own, grabbing a 6-5 lead on Amato’s two-run single.
The Raptors built that lead to 9-5, aided by another two-run single from Amato in the seventh inning.
FDU-Florham rallied for three runs in the ninth off reliever Paul DeMarco (Mullica Hill, NJ/Clearview Regional), who worked 3-1/3 innings, allowing three hits, two walks and the three earned runs. He struck out two.
The Devils’ big hit in the ninth was a two-run triple by DaSilva, who eventually scored on a single by freshman catcher Thomas Schuster. Novella relieved DeMarco following DaSilva’s triple, and faced three batters, collecting a strikeout, allowing Schuster’s single, and ending the game with a fly out. It was his sixth save of the season, tying the program mark set by Dan McKenna in 2002. Novella also extended his program careers record to 10 saves and 57 appearances.
In addition to Amato’s four hits, Straga, Jakubowski, Calloway and Buchter each added two for the Raptors.
April 18 Franklin & Marshall College Invitational (at Bent Creek Golf Course, Lancaster, PA)
1. Franklin & Marshall A, 307; 2. York, 310; 3.(tie) Moravian, The College of New Jersey, Messiah, 318; 6. (tie) Franklin & Marshall B, Wesley, 326; 8. Ursinus, 332; 9. Dickinson, 338; 10. Albright, 339; 11. Alvernia, 340; 12. Muhlenberg, 341; 13. Rutgers-Camden, 345; 14. Centenary, 369.
Medalist: Dan Pickering (The College of New Jersey), 70
April 21 Widener University Invitational (at Edgemont Country Club, Newtown Square, PA)
1. Rutgers-Camden, 339; 2. Neumann College and Cabrini College, 341; 4. Widener University, did not score.
Medalist: Elliott Kohr (Cabrini College), 75
April 22 Richard Stockton College Invitational (at Blue Heron Pines East, Cologne, NJ)
1. Swarthmore College, 329; 2. Rutgers-Camden, 336; 3. Richard Stockton College, 339.
Medalist: John Murphy (Richard Stockton), 76
The Rutgers University-Camden golf team shot a 336 and finished second out of three teams, clinching a winning season in its final match of the spring at the Richard Stockton College Tri-Match April 22. The match was held at Blue Heron Pines East in Cologne.
Rutgers-Camden finished its season with a 39-38-1 record, wrapping up its third consecutive winning semester.
Swarthmore College won the match with a 329 score, while Richard Stockton College finished third at 339. Stockton’s John Murphy was the individual medalist, shooting a 76.
Senior Brian Baskin (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown), in his final outing of his career, finished second overall and led the Scarlet Raptors with a 78, despite becoming ill and finishing the last two holes at three over par. He still managed to tie the best round of his career at Rutgers-Camden with his 78. He also shot a 78 at the Lebanon Valley College Fall Golf Invitational Sept. 27, 2004.
Junior Brian Mason (Bridgeton, NJ/Bridgeton) added an 80 and finished with an 82.5 average in his eight invitationals this spring.
Sophomore Joe Zulli (Bellmawr, NJ/Paul VI) finished the day with an 84 and his season with an 85.9 average, playing in all eight spring outings.
Rounding out the lineup for the Raptors was junior John Goff (Haddon Heights, NJ/Paul VI), who shot a 94 and averaged 89.0 for the spring in eight invitationals.
Junior Chris Binder (Collingswood, NJ/Collingswood), who was forced to withdraw when he became ill, ended the spring with the Raptors’ top average, a 79.4 in seven outings. Sophomore Robert Burgess (Sewell, NJ/Gloucester Catholic), who shot a 95 as an alternate, had a 91.9 average in seven invitationals.
Junior Mike Affannato (Washington Township, NJ/St. Augustine) and senior Spencer Moore (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) also was action this spring for the Raptors, averaging 93.5 and 95.0, respectively. Affannato participated in a pair of invitationals, while Moore was in one.
The Richard Stockton outing ended a busy week in which the Scarlet Raptors also participated in the Widener Invitational April 21 and the Franklin & Marshall Invitational April 18.
The Raptors shot a 339 to finish first out of four teams at the Widener Invitational at the Edgemont Country Club in Newtown Square, PA.
Neumann College and Cabrini College each had a 341 team score, while host Widener University did not score.
The overall medalist was Elliott Kohr of Cabrini, who finished with a 75.
Binder shot an 82 to pace the Rutgers-Camden team effort, while Zulli finished one stroke behind at 83. Mason added an 84, Goff finished with a 90 and Baskin carded a 93.
The sweep gives the Raptors a 38-37-1 spring record heading into their final event of the year. They play Friday in the Richard Stockton College Invitational at Blue Heron Pines East in Cologne.
The Raptors opened the week at the Franklin & Marshall Invitational April 18, which was held at the Bent Creek Golf Course in Lancaster, PA.
Binder shot a 79 to finish 17th out of 75 golfers, but Rutgers-Camden carded a 345 team score to finish 13th out of 14 teams. The event was won by host Franklin & Marshall, which shot a 307.
The individual medalist was Dan Pickering of The College of New Jersey, who shot a 70.
Mason finished second on the Raptors with an 86, while Zulli shot an 88. Goff finished with a 92 and Burgess carded a 93.
TRACK & FIELD
Sat., April 20 at Lebanon Valley College Invitational
NO TEAM SCORING
Rutgers-Camden School Records:
Rutgers-Camden senior All-American Tameka Jackson (Camden, NJ/Sterling) captured first place in the 200-meter dash and set a stadium record while winning the 100-meter dash, and freshman Imani Hafiz (Franklinville, NJ/Delsea) set a school record in the triple jump as the Scarlet Raptors competed in the LVC Invitational April 20 at Lebanon Valley College.
Jackson blazed to a 12.4 time in the 100-meter dash to break the Arnold Field stadium record of 12.54, set in 2000 by Lebanon Valley’s Meredith Roberts. Jackson also won the 200 in a time of 26.2.
Hafiz finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 35-01.25, which broke the Rutgers-Camden record of 34-11.25, set by current Raptor junior Carmen Zimmitt (Woodstown, NJ/Woodstown) at the ECAC Championships May 17, 2002. Hafiz also finished fourth in the high jump (4-3) and third in the long jump (15-3.75).
The Lady Raptors completed a sweep for the first three spots in the 100-meter dash as Hafiz finished second in 13.2 and senior Tiffany Logan (Washington Township, NJ/Washington Township) was third in 13.5. Logan also won the 100-meter high hurdles in a time of 16.8 and finished fifth in the long jump (15-0).
There were no team scores kept at the event, which also included teams from York, Ursinus, Albright, King’s College, Goucher, Stevens Tech and host Lebanon Valley.
Senior Joelle Diener (Rickenbach, Switzerland/Kantonsschule Olten) captured first place in the 3,000-meter run in a time of 11:15.5, easily out-running her closest rival, who finished second at 11:52.2.
Junior Ashley Wright (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken) won the long jump with a leap of 16-9.25 and finished second in the high jump (4-5), while Zimmitt finished second in the long jump (16-7.75).
Sophomore Donna Kirk (Washington Township, NJ/Washington Township) finished second in both the discus (102-10) and the shot put (32-9.25).
Jackson also anchored the Raptors’ 4x100 relay team to a first-place finish in a time of 49.9, barely missing the stadium record of 49.74 set in 2001 by McDaniel College. Other members of the winning Rutgers-Camden team were Zimmitt, Hafiz and Logan.
The Lady Raptors’ team of Logan, Wright, Hafiz and Jackson also finished second in the 4x400 relay in a time of 4:15.9, breaking the old stadium mark of 4:18.30 set in 2003 by Lebanon Valley. The Raptors finished second to Lebanon Valley’s new stadium mark of 4:10.2.
On the men’s side, the Scarlet Raptors placed three runners in the top 16 of the 100-meter dash as sophomore Yaw Karikari (Iselin, NJ/Elmwood Park Memorial) finished sixth (11.4), senior co-captain Taiwan Lamb (Atlantic City, NJ/Atlantic City) was 11th (11.8) and junior Tyrell McGraw (Hammonton, NJ/Edgewood) was 16th (12.8).
Lamb also finished fourth in the long jump (19-1.25).
Freshman Darryl Mendillo (Galloway, NJ/Absegami) finished fifth in the 400-meter dash (56.2) and junior Chris McGowan (Barrington, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) was 12th in the 1,500-meter run (4:41.8).
Senior co-captain Matthew Weng (Lakehurst, NJ/Shawnee) was seventh in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles (1:01.7).
Women’s Varsity Four
(Cox: Renee Martin, stroke-Nicole Corl, 3-Laura Williams, 2-Monica Fleming, bow-Traci Arnold)
Women’s Novice Eight
1. Ithaca, 7:16.8; 2. Mary Washington, 7:32.1; 3. Washington College, 7:33.6; 4. Rutgers-Camden, 7:48.4; 5. Johns Hopkins, 7:55.2.
(Cox: Renee Martin, stroke-Monica Fleming, 7-Laura Williams, 6-Kristin Szostak, 5-Traci Arnold, 4-Cynthia Burt, 3-Stephanie Jones, 2-Holly Shelly, bow-Mary Kate Pasquarello)
Men’s Novice Four
1. Mary Washington, 6:34.9; 2. Johns Hopkins, 6:38.5; 3. Washington College, 6:39.8; 4. Rutgers-Camden, 7:12.4; 5. Ithaca, 7:47.0.
(Cox-BJ Ochal, stroke-Sean Kendall, 3-Lance Carsillo, 2-George Hall, bow-Justin Kapr)
Men’s Varsity Pair
1. Hopkins A, 8:17.1; 2. Rutgers-Camden, 8:20.2; 3. 3. Hopkins B, 8:42.0.
(Stroke: Lou Gallagher, bow-Lance Carsillo)
* Protested the race due to Hopkins A impeding RU's course the entire race down.
The Rutgers-Camden Women’s Varsity Four and Women’s Novice Eight crew teams both finished fourth in their finals at the Atlantic Collegiate League Sprints, which were held at Gifford Pinchot State Park in Lewisberry, PA, April 23.
The Women’s Varsity Four posted a time of 8:02.6 in the final after finishing second in its heat in a clocking of 8:10.8. The Women’s Novice Eight finished with a time of 7:48.4.
Members of the Varsity Four team included sophomore coxswain Renee Martin (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest), junior stroke Nicole Corl (Sewell, NJ/Gloucester Catholic), freshman 3 seat Laura Williams (Cherry Hill, NJ/Dunkin Ed, PA), freshman 2 seat Monica Fleming (Collingswood, NJ/Collingswood) and freshman bow Traci Arnold (Pitman, NJ/Pitman).
Members of the Novice Eight team included coxswain Martin, stroke Fleming, 7 seat Williams, junior 6 seat Kristin Szostak (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg), 5 seat Arnold, sophomore 4 seat Cynthia Burt (Woodbury, NJ/West Deptford), sophomore 3 seat Stephanie Jones (Swedesboro, NJ/Kingsway Regional), freshman 2 seat Holly Shelly (Erial, NJ/Timber Creek) and junior bow Mary Kate Pasquarello (Blackwood, NJ/Triton Regional).
The Rutgers-Camden men’s club program also competed in two events, with the Men’s Novice Four finishing fourth in a time of 7:12.4 and the Men’s Varsity Pair placing second with an 8:20.2 clocking.
Members of the Men’s Novice Four included sophomore coxswain B.J. Ochal (Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic), junior stroke seat Sean Kendall (Haddon Township, NJ/Haddon Township), sophomore 3 seat Lance Carsillo (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken), junior 2 seat George Hall (Williamstown, NJ/Delsea) and sophomore bow Justin Kapr (Harpursville, NY/Harpursville).
The Men’s Varsity Pair combination was junior stroke Lou Gallagher (Florence, NJ/Holy Cross) and bow Carsillo.
The crew team returns to action May 7 in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Crew Championships in Occoquan, VA.