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The College Report: Maplewood's Rio is Grand as RPI Takes 3 of 4

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Credits: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Jonny Rio (Maplewood, Jr.) realized nine hits from 15 at-bats as Rensselaer Poly took three games from visiting Rochester over the weekend. The shortstop from Columbia High was unstoppable in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, a 7-2 RPI win. He had a 4-for-4 game with the bat, managing three singles and a double, coming around to score each time he alit for first base. RPI is now 12-10 overall and 9-3 in the Liberty League. 

Sean White (Summit, Sr.) pitched a 2-hit, complete game shutout to lead Dickinson past Ursinus, 2-0, in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader in Carlisle, Pa. White, who prepped at the Salisbury School, had pinpoint control, striking out 11 batters and walking none. White became Dickinson's all-time strikeout leader in this contest with 253. The lefty hurler is now 4-1 on the season, while the Red Devils improved to 17-9 overall and 4-4 in the Centennial Conference.

Dylan Joyce (South Orange, Sr.) got his first win of the season after pitching three scoreless innings of relief in Amherst’s 5-4 victory over Williams in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader in Amherst, Mass. Joyce, a southpaw out of Columbia High, entered the game with the Lord Jeffs down, 4-2, and got out of a jam in which he was presented with a Williams runner on third base. He allowed only hit and struck out two batters with no walks. Amherst is now 14-5 overall and 6-0 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

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St. John's Frank Schwindel (Livingston, Soph.) played long ball in the Red Storm's recent 3-game series with Rutgers in Piscataway. The catcher out of Livingston High smacked home runs in the second and third games, a 6-2 Rutgers win on Friday and a 17-11 St. John's win on Saturday. The first of Schwindel's dingers came with the bases barren and represented his only hit of the game in four at-bats. On Saturday, he had six at-bats and added a couple singles to his home run, which was his fourth of the season. He drove in three runs total and scored twice.

St. John's also won the first game of the series, 5-3, although not without a little damage from Rutgers' Joe D'Annunzio (Scotch Plains, Soph.). He legged out his first triple of the season, drew a base on balls and stole his third base of the campaign. The Red Storm returned to Queens with an overall record of 18-13 and 6-3 in the Big East, while Rutgers is 15-15 overall and 4-5 in Big East get-togethers.

Mike Cappiello (Westfield, Sr.) swung a potent bat for Plymouth State in victories at home over Rivier, 13-4, on Friday and over Norwich, 17-7, on Monday. The first baseman out of Westfield High had a 3-for-4 outing at the plate in the Rivier win, slapping two singles and a double, drawing a walk, driving in three runs and scoring three runs. The Norwich triumph resulted in a 2-run double and a 3-run homer from Cappiello, both in Plymouth's 14-run second inning. He also singled up the middle in the first inning. The Panthers are stalking prey with a 10-10 record.

Keeping William Paterson leftfielder A.J. Flores (West Orange, Soph.) off the basepaths isn't that easy a task as Richard Stockton learned on Saturday in Pomona, where the Pioneers registered a 6-4 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. Flores didn't sparkle at the plate, where he went 0-for-4, yet he scored three of his side's six runs. He reached base on two infield errors and a fielder's choice, and stole a base along the way. The day before, he sprayed three singles from four at-bats to help the Pioneers (20-5, 5-1 New Jersey Athletic Conference) defeat New Jersey City, 12-4, in Wayne. Despite those three adventures in baserunning, plus a base on balls that he drew, he scored only once in this game. He also drove in one run.  

A single by Mike Genovese (Livingston, Jr.) to rightfield drove in the run that enabled Seton Hall to take Thursday's second game of a doubleheader at home with Notre Dame into extra innings. The Pirates eventually pulled out a 3-2 win. They also won the first game, which also extended into extra frames, 5-4. That was a 10-inning game. Seton Hall is 16-14 overall and 5-4 in the Big East.

Catcher Kevin McCarville (Millburn, Sr.) punched two singles from five at-bats to help Lafayette to a 12-6 defeat of Holy Cross in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader in Worcester, Mass. that went 12 innings. McCarville, a Millburn High grad, also drew a walk, scored twice and stole his first base of the season. The Leopards are now 10-21-1 overall and 4-4 in the Patriot League.

Bloomfield’s Joe Meola (Maplewood, Soph.) drove in a run with a double in the Deacons’ 9-2 victory over Chestnut Hill in the second game of a Friday twin bill in Newark. That moves Bloomfield to 16-11 overall and 10-2 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

Sam Politan (Livingston, Sr.) reached base on a double and a walk, and came around to score both times that he was on the basepaths as Montclair State defeated Kean, 11-3, in the second game of a Saturday twin bill in Montclair. The first baseman by way of Livingston High and his Red Hawks teammates are flying high with a 15-8 record overall and 5-1 against New Jersey Athletic Conference foes.

Frank Hager (Berkeley Heights, Sr.) went 3-for-9 at the plate in a Sunday doubleheader in New Haven, Conn. that saw Cornell sweep Yale, 5-3 and 8-6. Hager, a first baseman out of Delbarton, had a double in five at-bats in the first game, and then rapped a pair of singles from four at-bats in the nightcap. The Big Red improved to 21-6-1 overall and 7-1 in the Ivy League.

Brendon Kaufman (Chatham, Fr.) helped stop the bleeding for Hamilton College in Saturday's 15-4 defeat to SUNY Tech in Clinton, N.Y. The Chatham High alum pitched the final inning for the Continentals (4-18) and allowed no runs on just one hit, while recording two strikeouts.

Shane Nolan (Livingston, Fr.) ripped a pair of singles in three at-bats and scored twice to help Rutgers-Newark to a 10-8 defeat of The College of New Jersey in the first game of a Saturday twin bill in Ewing. The Scarlet Raiders are 14-11 overall and 2-4 in the NJAC.

SOFTBALL

The die was cast early in Massachusetts' Easter rout of St. Bonaventure in Olean, N.Y. on Sunday. Cyndil Matthew (Westfield, Jr.), batting leadoff for UMass, advanced to third base when the Bonnies' leftfielder misplayed the ball on the very first play of the game. Matthew then came in to score the only run the Minutewomen would need in a 10-0 romp. The Westfield High alum later reached base on a double and a walk, and made it home both those times, as well. She also drove in two runs. Matthew also scored early in the second game on Sunday, an 8-2 UMass win. She reached base on a bunt down the third base line, and then stole second base before trotting home with the game's first run when the cleanup hitter poked the ball over the wall for a 3-run homer. UMass is 19-11 overall and 6-0 against Atlantic 10 rivals.

TENNIS

Middlebury's Anna Burke (Summit, Sr.) enjoyed a 6-2, 6-2 victory at fourth singles over Connecticut College's Britt Badik on Friday as the Panthers swept the match, 9-0.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE

Boston College's Katherine Caufield (Chatham, Sr.) came up with three ground balls in the Eagles' 12-11 loss to Duke in Durham, N.C. on Saturday. The Oak Knoll grad also caused a pair of turnovers and controlled one draw. B.C. is now 6-7.

Paige McKenna (Chatham, Soph.) laid claim to three ground balls in Gettysburg's 19-9 home win over Ursinus on Saturday.

MEN'S LACROSSE

Brett Anton (Madison, Fr.) made 14 saves in goal while allowing only two balls to get past him as Delaware defeated Mercer, 14-2, in Newark, Del. on Monday. Teammate Joe Jaskolski (Summit, Fr.) accounted for one of those 14 goals. He also forced a pair of Mercer turnovers and grabbed one ground ball. Delaware moved to 5-7 on the season.

A stingy defense led by Chad Wiedmaier (Chatham, Sr.) and Rob Castelo (Westfield, Soph.) helped Princeton defeat Rutgers, 13-4, in Princeton on Tuesday. Wiedmaier and Castelo both lifted three ground balls; Wiedmaier also caused four Rutgers turnovers. The Scarlet Knights’ Will Mangan (Maplewood, Sr.) scored one goal and found two ground balls. Princeton improved to 7-3, while Rutgers sagged to 5-7.

Middlebury's Mike Ford (Summit, Fr.) got both his first goal and his first assist as a collegian in a recent 9-7 loss to Bowdoin in Brunswick, Maine. Ford, a Summit High grad, also caused a turnover and lifted two ground balls. The Panthers are currently 2-7.

Billy Eisenreich (Chatham, Sr.) scored three goals and came up with three ground balls as no. 18 Bucknell defeated Penn, 8-3, in Lewisburg, Pa. on Tuesday. The Bison also had the services of John Scally (Short Hills, Sr.), who brought up four ground balls, and Kyle O’Keefe (Madison, Jr.), who got credit for one caused turnover and one ground ball. At the Quakers’ end of the field, Brian Feeney (Summit, Soph.) made 14 saves. Bucknell rose to 9-4 on the season, while Penn tumbled to 1-8.

Ian Boldt (Millburn, Soph.) and Christian Kelso (Summit, Jr.) both scooped up three ground balls in Colby's 9-7 win over Trinity (Conn.) in Waterville, Maine on Sunday. Boldt also caused one turnover as the Mules improved to 5-3 overall and 3-3 in NESCAC action.

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