The College Report: Local Sluggers Put Runs on the Board for Northeastern Baseball
Sunday, March 18, 2012 • 4:27pm
Catcher John Puttress (New Providence, Jr.) and first baseman Rob Fonseca (Madison, Fr.) have been something of a 2-man wrecking crew for Northeastern’s baseball team this past week. The duo combined for five of the Huskies’ eight hits in Wednesday’s 4-3 home victory over Brown. Puttress had a 3-for-3 outing at the plate, singling each time, and driving in two runs. He also drew a base on balls. Fonseca lashed a single and a double in four at-bats; he also stole a base and scored one run. Northeastern lost, 13-12, to Georgia State in Atlanta on Friday, blowing a 9-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. Fonseca slugged his second homer of the season in a 2-for-5 plate performance that resulted in two runs batted in and his crossing the plate twice. Puttress had two doubles in a 2-for-4 showing that also produced two RBIs, while he scored twice. The loss left Northeastern at 8-5 for the season.
Sean White (Summit, Sr.) hurled seven innings of 5-hit, 1-run ball to lead Dickinson to a 3-1 victory over Kalamazoo in Lakeland, Fla. on Thursday. White struck out seven batters and walked one as the Red Devils improved to 9-5.
Cornell’s 4-3 loss to George Washington in the nation’s capital last Sunday had a redeeming feature in the 3-for-4 outing at the plate issued by first baseman Frank Hager (Berkeley Heights, Sr.). He rapped two singles and a double, drew a walk, stole a base and scored a run. The Big Red are 7-1.
Rutgers’ Joe D’Annunzio (Scotch Plains, Soph.) had five quality trips to the plate in the Scarlet Knights’ 12-8 triumph over Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, Fla. on Tuesday. He reached base on four occasions, via a double, single, fielder’s choice and when he was hit by a pitch. He scored twice and had a sacrifice fly that drove in a run. Rutgers is now 7-8.
Mike Genovese (Livingston, Jr.) stroked a bases-loaded double that drove in two runs as Seton Hall shut out Fordham, 5-0, in South Orange on Friday. The Pirates improved to 7-9.
Designated hitter John Maxwell (Scotch Plains, Soph.) punched a 2-run double to left centerfield to help Johns Hopkins to a 12-1 rout of Springfield in Mesa, Ariz. on Friday. He also drew a walk in another of his plate appearances as the Blue Jays improved to 3-4-2.
Jimmy Napolitano (Livingston, Soph.) had a 3-for-4 outburst at the plate that resulted in his scoring twice and bringing in two teammates as Rutgers-Newark roughed up Hampden-Sydney, 16-0, in Claremont, Calif. on Tuesday. The rightfielder rapped two doubles and a single. Teammate Shane Nolan (Livingston, Fr.) singled in his role as a pinch hitter. The tables turned in the second game on Tuesday’s twin bill as the Scarlet Raiders lost, 2-0, to Hampden-Sydney. Napolitano had one double in three at-bats. Rutgers-Newark is now 5-7.
A.J. Flores (West Orange, Soph.) had only a single in three at-bats, but he managed to score three runs in William Paterson’s 14-4 trouncing of Baruch in Wayne on Thursday. The leftfielder also reached base on two walks and a throwing error. The Pioneers moved to 6-0 on the season.
Bucknell defeated Lafayette, 17-6, in Lewisburg, Pa. on Saturday. Billy Eisenreich (Chatham, Sr.) had another potent offensive outing, scoring three goals and assisting on a fourth. He also claimed three ground balls and caused two Leopards turnovers. Teammates Dylan Burke (Maplewood, Jr.) and John Scally (Short Hills, Sr.) also earned defensive kudos; both recovered two ground balls and Burke also forced a turnover. For Lafayette, Mac Ahsler (Chatham, Soph.) caused two Bison turnovers and retrieved two ground balls. Bucknell traveled to Philadelphia on Wednesday and got out of the City of Brotherly Love with a 12-11 victory over Drexel. Eisenreich had three goals in this game, as well, to go with two assists. He now has 15 goals this season. Scally brought up three ground balls. Bucknell is now 4-3 on the season.
Lafayette also got tripped up, 15-9, by undefeated Fairfield on that rival’s pitch on Wednesday. Both Colin McLinden (Madison, Fr.) and Nick Guida (Chatham, Fr.) scored for the Stags (7-0); McLinden also had an assist. As for Lafayette (2-5), they got an assist from Sonny Round (Summit, Fr.) and Ashler picked up four ground balls to go along with a forced turnover.
Elsewhere in the Guida family, Rob Guida (Chatham, Soph.) scored a goal and picked up two assists as second-ranked Johns Hopkins prevailed, 11-7, over no. 6 Syracuse in Baltimore on Saturday. Pete Coleman (Madison, Jr.) assisted on one goal for the Orangemen (3-2). Hopkins is now 7-0.
Drew prevailed, 10-9, in overtime over Susquehanna in a Saturday road contest. Charlie DeSocio (Maplewood, Sr.) had 10 saves in goal for the undefeated Rangers (5-0). Luke Delavan (Madison, Sr.) and Tylere Fritts (Chatham, Jr.) scored a goal apiece for Susquehanna (3-4). That was the second overtime loss of the week at home for the Crusaders, who fell, 9-8, to Franklin & Marshall on Wednesday. Delavan scored four goals in that contest. Evan Bakst (Westfield, Soph.) assisted on a goal for the winning Diplomats (5-1).
Four goals by Henry Burchenal (Summit, Sr.) weren’t enough to help Hamilton College, which dropped an 11-10 verdict to Colby in Waterville, Maine on Saturday. He also picked up two ground balls. The victors benefited from the scrappy defense of Christian Kelso (Summit, Jr.), who came up with five ground balls. Colby is now 1-1, while Hamilton labors at 0-3.
Alvernia’s Mallory Pierre (Maplewood, Fr.) got into the act, scoring a goal in Thursday’s 20-8 road romp over Rosemont. Alvernia is now 4-2.
Will Stuhler (Madison, Soph.) notched his first goal of the season as Castleton State lost, 11-10, to Plymouth State in Castleton, Vt. on Saturday. Stuhler also assisted on a goal and lifted a ground ball. Castleton is 0-4.
Widener’s Mac Nestler (Chatham, Soph.) manned the goal for the second half of the Pride’s 10-6 loss to Dickinson in Carlisle, Pa. on Saturday. Widener was down, 7-2, when Nestler entered the game. He proceeded to make eight saves, while allowing just three goals. Widener is now 1-5.
Both Emma Ehler (Chatham, Soph.) and Meredith Crane (Maplewood, Fr.) scored three goals and earned an assist as Susquehanna defeated Marywood, 20-6, in Selinsgrove, Pa. on Wednesday. Crane also got credit for three ground balls, while Ehler had one ground ball and three draw controls. The undefeated Crusaders (5-0) were back on the case on Saturday with a 19-11 victory over Alvernia. Ehler tallied five goals, while Crane accounted for one.
Sam Lillo (Short Hills, Sr.) provided much of the offense for Monmouth in Saturday’s 13-7 loss to Rutgers in Piscataway. She scored three goals and lifted a ground ball as the Hawks dropped to 1-6 on the season.
Val Hoffman (Westfield, Soph.) scored five goals last week in Dickinson’s two wins. She struck twice in Tuesday’s 15-11 triumph over Scranton in Hilton Head, S.C. Then, she had three goals on Saturday as the Red Devils took apart Bryn Mawr, 21-2, in Carlisle, Pa. Dickinson is now 4-4.
Drew’s Liz DeSanta (Chatham, Fr.) scored her first collegiate goal in Wednesday’s 19-7 victory over Mount St. Vincent in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Rangers returned from their road trip with a 3-3 record.
Lucy Johnson (Short Hills, Sr.) began the season by scoring two goals, assisting on two others, grabbing two ground balls and controlling four draws as William Smith defeated Nazareth, 14-3, in Geneva, N.Y. last Saturday.
Kristen Masullo (Berkeley Heights, Soph.) stopped 11 shots on goal to preserve a 13-9 Liberty victory over St. Francis (Pa.) in Loretto, Pa. on Saturday. The Flames improved to 2-5.
Hannah Clark (Chatham, Sr.) assisted on a goal as Vanderbilt took down Louisville, 14-12, in Nashville, Tenn. on Wednesday. The Commodores are now 5-1.