The College Report: Livingston Duo of Larangera and Genovese Put Out the Fires

Matt Larangera

A pair of former Livingston High teammates came on in relief roles on opposite coasts on Friday to help their baseball teams to victory. Matt Larangera (Livingston, Soph.) pitched three innings and got the win as Rutgers- Newark defeated Redlands, 8-7, in 11 innings in California. Larangera allowed one unearned run on four hits, while retiring three batters on strikeouts. The Scarlet Raiders finished their Meanwhile, Mike Genovese (Livingston, Soph.) had a 2-for-3 day at the plate while starting the game at second base as Seton Hall defeated Fordham, 7-3, in South Orange on Friday. He knocked out a pair of singles, laid down a sacrifice bunt and was hit by a pitch; he scored two runs and drove in a pair. Genovese finished the game on the mound, striking out both batters he faced in a relief role. The Hall is now 8-9.

Josh Gray (Livingston, Soph.) got the win as Franklin & Marshall toyed with Susquehanna, 18-7, in the second game of yesterday’s doubleheader in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Gray, a Morristown-Beard grad, pitched five innings and gave up four runs (one earned) on four hits, while striking out two and walking none. The Diplomats are now 8-7, while Gray squared his season mark on the mound at 1-1.

Jonny Rio (Maplewood, Soph.) had some key hits for Rensselaer Poly in the Engineers’ weekend games in Florida. The second baseman out of Columbia High went 2-for-3, with a double, as RPI lost to Wheaton (Mass.), 13-6, in Winter Haven on Friday. The Engineers regrouped to defeat Cortland State, 3-0, on Saturday, with Rio slicing a single through the right side to drive in two runs. He then stole second base and came around for RPI’s third run on a single up the middle. He had a 2-for-3 day at the plate. RPI is now 6-4.

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John Gianis (Summit, Jr.) managed a double and a single in five at-bats yesterday as North Carolina State lost, 11-4, to Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Gianis drove in two runs with the double. The Wolfpack dropped to 10-10 overall and 1-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Dickinson got six shutout innings from Sean White (Summit, Jr.) as the Red Devils trounced Lawrence College, 14-0, in Lake Myrtle, Florida on Friday. White struck out six batters. The Red Devils are now 13-3.


Joey Kizel (Short Hills, Fr.) distributed a game-high five assists and scored eight points as Middlebury lost to St. Thomas, 59-57, in an NCAA Division 3 Tournament semifinal game in Salem, Virginia on Friday. The Panthers finished the season 28-2.

Any lingering doubts about how Kyrie Irving (West Orange, Fr.) would fare upon his return to the floor from a toe injury were quickly erased over the weekend, beginning with Duke’s 87-45 victory over Hampton on Friday in the NCAA Division 1 Tournament. Irving, who hadn’t played since early December, saw 20 minutes of action and scored a game-high 14 points on 4-for-8 shooting from the floor (2-for-2 from downtown) and 4-for-4 from the foul line. He then put on a clutch free throw shooting exhibition in Sunday’s 73-71 win over Michigan. He went to the line 10 times (just one less than the entire Michigan team) and canned nine of those. He sank one other field goal attempt to finish with 11 points. Duke continues on against Arizona on Thursday in Anaheim, California.

St. Peter’s was a quick one-and-done in the NCAA Division 1 Tournament. The Peacocks lost to Purdue, 65-43, in Chicago on Friday. Ryan Bacon (Maplewood, Sr.) ended his collegiate career with eight points on 4-for-11 shooting from the floor and four rebounds. Teammate Yvon Raymond (Maplewood, Soph.) took down three caroms and sank his lone field goal try for two points.


Hamilton’s game with Drew on Saturday represented something of a homecoming for the Continentals’ Henry Burchenal (Summit, Jr.), played in Madison as it was. The Pingry grad responded in typically big fashion, scoring four goals to lead Hamilton to a 13-6 victory and remain undefeated at 3-0.

Penn defeated Princeton for the first time since 1989 with an 8-3 victory at Franklin Field on Saturday. Morgan Griff (Summit, Jr.) had a goal and an assist for the winning Quakers, while Brian Feeney (Summit, Fr.) made seven saves in goal and Danny Feeney (Summit, Fr.) won six of 11 faceoffs and picked up two ground balls. For Princeton, ChadWiedmaier (Chatham, Jr.) brought up three ground balls. Penn, ranked 18th, improved to 4-2, while Princeton dropped to 1-4.

Brian Wilson (Summit, Sr.) made 10 saves in goal as Air Force knocked off no. 17 Loyola, 8-6, in Colorado on Saturday. Matt Langan (Madison, Sr.) scored a goal and picked up an assist for the visitors; he also scooped up two ground balls for the Greyhounds (3-3). The winning Falcons are now 2-5.

Bucknell’s Billy Eisenreich (Chatham, Jr.) scored three goals in the Bisons’ 9-6 victory over Lafayette in Easton, Pennsylvania on Saturday. The Chatham High product, who has 12 goals on the season, also found a couple of ground balls. Bucknell is now 6-1.

Jeff Keating (Chatham, Jr.) assisted on three of Roanoke’s 10 fourth-quarter goals as the Maroons rallied to defeat Lynchburg, 14-11, on the road Saturday. Keating also earned credit for picking up two ground balls. Roanoke is now 5-2 overall and 1-0 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

Terry White (Summit, Jr.) tallied two goals and picked up an assist in Harvard’s 11-7 win over Brown in Providence, R.I. on Saturday. White, a Delbarton grad, also accounted for three ground balls as the Crimson improved to 5-1.

Tylere Fritts (Chatham, Soph.) scored twice to spark Susquehanna to an 8-7 win over Lebanon Valley in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania on Saturday. The Chatham High grad was also credited with two ground balls. Jimmy Warburton (Chatham, Sr.), also a Chatham High grad, had three ground balls for the Crusaders. Luke Delavan (Madison, Jr.) earned credit for an assist and a ground ball for Susquehanna (4-1).

Harry Bernstein (Westfield, Jr.) scored a goal to help Springfield defeat Keene State, 9-6, in Orlando, Florida on Saturday. The Pride is now 3-3.

Rensselaer Poly had an easy time disposing of Elmira College, 12-2, in Troy, N.Y. on Saturday. Grant Foulsham (Madison, Jr.) assisted on one RPI goal and teammate Max Blair (West Orange, Soph.) was responsible for grabbing two ground balls. The Engineers are now 4-1.

Chris Ficke (Madison, Sr.) brought up three ground balls as Villanova scored a 10-6 victory over Manhattan at home on Saturday. The no. 15 Wildcats are now 7-1.

John Bukawyn (Short Hills, Jr.) assisted on one goal for Swarthmore in Saturday’s 11-9 loss to Ursinus at home. The Garnet dropped to 1-5.


Kate Sheridan (Westfield, Soph.) worked her way into Colgate’s starting lineup and responded with two goals and an assist to help the Raiders defeat American, 15-12, in Hamilton, N.Y. on Saturday. Colgate is now 4-4 overall and 2-0 in the Patriot League.

Sara Cox (Chatham, Soph.) earned credit for causing three turnovers, picking up two ground balls and controlling one draw as Holy Cross defeated Sacred Heart, 12-7, in Fairfield, Connecticut on Saturday. The Cross is now 2-7.

Megan Leonhard (Summit, Soph.) factored in all of Trinity’s first four goals, scoring two and setting up two, in Saturday’s 8-7 road win over Bowdoin. Leonhard assisted on another tally and picked up six ground balls as the Bantams remained undefeated at 3-0. 

Mary Cummings (Summit, Jr.) caused two turnovers and recovered three ground balls as Colby squeezed by Tufts, 11-10, in Waterville, Maine on Friday. The winning Mules are now 4-0.

Lafayette’s Katie Leto (Chatham, Soph.) scored a goal off a free position shot in the Leopards’ 17-7 loss to Navy on Saturday in Vestal, N.Y. Teammate Courtney Landolfe (Chatham, Fr.) grabbed three ground balls for Lafayette (1-6).

Lauren Murray (Chatham, Jr.) caused four turnovers as Lehigh downed Bucknell, 19-2, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Saturday. Murray also controlled two draws and retrieved one ground ball.


There was a lot identical about Ramapo College’s two games on Friday in Kissimmee, Florida. They won both games by 5-4 scores and Danielle Rothenberger (Livingston, Jr.) went 2-for-3 at the plate in both. She singled in twice to drive in two runs in the win over Illinois Wesleyan and worked out a base on balls, as well. She again singled twice in the win over Simpson and came around to score a run. Ramapo returned to Mahwah with a 9-1 record.

Heather Bergman (Berkeley Heights, Soph.) doubled in a run and later came around to score as Montclair State defeated Nazareth, 10-0, in Kissimmee on Friday. The Red Hawks are now 6-4.

Alexa Maldonado (Short Hills, Jr.) drove in a run on a sacrifice fly as Notre Dame defeated New Mexico, 5-0, in Fullerton, California on Friday. She also singled in another time at bat and stole a base. Later the same day, the Fighting Irish lost to Washington, 7-5, with Maldonado having a 2-for-4 day at the plate with another stolen base to her credit. Notre Dame is now 16-6.


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