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The College Report: Seton Hall Spells Relief G-E-N-O-V-E-S-E; Livingston's Mike Genovese Comes Up Big in Relief for the Pirates

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Mike Genovese from Livingston of the Seton Hall baseball team.
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Mike Genovese (Livingston, Fr.) has given Seton Hall two quality outings this week, starting with 1-1/3 innings of relief work in Tuesday's 6-2 win over Army in South Orange. The Livingston High grad came on in the seventh inning with two outs and a man on first base, with the Hall up, 5-2, and got the batter to strike out swinging. Genovese then retired the side in the eighth inning. On Wednesday, the Pirates defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 6-5, again in South Orange, with Genovese coming on in the eighth inning, just after the visitors had taken a 5-2 lead. Genovese allowed a single to the first batter he faced, but then got out of the inning when the next batter popped up to the shortstop. He walked the first batter he faced in the ninth inning, but then worked his way through the next three batters by getting two to strike out swinging and the other to fly out to rightfield. He picked up the win and is now 2-0. The Pirates improved to 11-14.

Susquehanna's Joe Schurig (Westfield, Jr.) came on to pitch with two out and a man on second base in the bottom of the seventh inning on Tuesday, and the Crusaders up, 3-1, over Elizabethtown. He ended the inning by getting the batter to strike out swinging. In the eighth inning, Susquehanna (10-12) brought on a new pitcher, who proceeded to allow four runs. Elizabethtown won, 5-3.

Plymouth State's Mike Cappiello (Westfield, Soph.) went hitless in four at-bats on Thursday in New London, N.H. against Colby-Sawyer, but he did reach base when he was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning. The first baseman out of Westfield High eventually came around to score the tying run on a sacrifice fly in what turned out to be a 4-3 Plymouth win, as the Panthers improved to 2-14. On Wednesday, Plymouth visited Middlebury, where they were roughed up, 15-7. Cappiello singled twice in three at-bats and reached on a walk.

John Gianis (Summit, Soph.) had a 4-for-5 day at the plate as North Carolina State toyed with Coppin State, 18-1, in Raleigh, N.C. on Wednesday. Gianis, a leftfielder out of The Hun School, knocked out two doubles and two singles, scoring twice and driving in two runs. The Wolf Pack ran its record to 20-10.

An excellent effort by Josh Gray (Livingston, Soph.) was squandered yesterday as Franklin & Marshall lost, 4-0, to Gettysburg in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Gray, who prepped at Morristown-Beard, hurled seven innings of 4-hit ball, striking out seven Bullets, while walking just two and allowing only one run, which was earned. His reliever allowed three runs in the ninth inning. Teammate Jason Anderson (Westfield, Sr.) lined a single in three at-bats and worked out a base on balls. On Tuesday, the Diplomats visited Gettysburg and left with a 12-4 victory. Anderson had a 1-for-5 game at the dish, knocking out a single and visiting first base on a walk. He scored one run and drove one in, as well. Franklin & Marshall is 11-11-1 and 6-4 in Centennial Conference play.

Lafayette's Kevin McCarville (Millburn, Soph.) had a double in three at-bats as the Leopards (6-17) defeated Monmouth, 6-5, in West Long Branch on Wednesday. McCarville, a catcher out of Millburn High, transferred to Lafayette after attending Gettysburg last year.

Cornell's Frank Hager (Berkeley Heights, Soph.) slammed his first home run of the season to highlight a 3-for-7 day at the plate although the Big Red came up short, 10-9, against Binghamton in 12 innings on Tuesday in Ithaca, N.Y. Hager, who prepped at Delbarton, also had a double and drove in three runs.

Drew's David Kaplow (Westfield, Sr.) knocked out a double and two singles, driving in three runs, from five at-bats on Thursday as the Rangers (4-18) pummeled St. Joseph's of Brooklyn, 11-1, on the losing side's diamond.

Wake Forest's Mike Murray (Westfield, Sr.) came around to score twice in the Demon Deacons' 8-7 victory over High Point in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Wednesday. Murray, a catcher out of Westfield High, singled once in three at-bats and drew a walk. Last night, Wake Forest took to the same diamond, where they were pounded, 10-1, by Florida State. Murray drove in Wake's only run with a single up the middle in the first inning. He went 1-for-3 and worked out a walk on the evening. Wake Forest is now 10-22.

Rutgers' Justin Olsen (Westfield, Fr.) came up with a run-producing single in three at-bats as the Scarlet Knights dropped a 12-11 verdict to Columbia in New York City on Wednesday.

SOFTBALL

Danielle Genovese (Livingston, Sr.) and her Caldwell College teammates switched into high gear this week, winning seven of eight contests to improve to 20-8 on the season. Genovese, a Livingston High alum, got the scoring started with a first-inning home run in Monday's 5-4 victory over Holy Family in Bristol, Pennsylvania. She added a single to make for a 2-for-5 game at the plate. She went 1-for-4 and drove in a run in the nightcap, a 5-3 loss. At home on Tuesday, Genovese singled in both turns at bat and came around to score both times, as the Cougars cruised to a 12-0 win over Felician in the first game. She had a single in three at-bats in the second game, a 3-0 Caldwell win. Genovese went hitless in Wednesday's sweep of Concordia (N.Y.), 1-0 and 2-1, but she came alive again on Thursday as Caldwell mauled Nyack, 20-0 and 13-2. She hit safely in the first game, producing a home run and a single, driving in a pair and scoring twice. In the second game, she reached base on a fielder's choice and later scored.

Denison walloped Kenyon, 19-4, in the second game of a twin bill on Wednesday. Kait Fiore (Millburn, Soph.) punched out two singles in four at-bats, stole a base, came around to score twice and drove in two runs. Fiore is a leftfielder out of Millburn High. The Big Red are now 14-10.

Albright's Alex Tragno (New Providence, Soph.) came through with a pinch-hit single in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Alvernia in the first game of a doubleheader in Reading, Pennsylvania. The Lady Lions (6-15) then dropped the nightcap, 6-5, in which Tragno had a double and a run batted in from three at-bats.

After suffering a 10-0 loss to William Paterson in the first game of a doubleheader in Madison on Thursday, Drew kept the Pioneers honest in the second game behind the pitching of Alyscia Zulauf (Livingston, Soph.), although Paterson prevailed, 4-2. Zulauf, a Livingston High product, pitched all seven innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits, while striking out five and walking five. Drew dropped to 7-15.

Heather Bergman (Berkeley Heights, Fr.) has had a productive week for Montclair State. The third baseman out of Gov. Livingston High drove in the second run in the Red Hawks' 3-2 win over Ramapo on Tuesday. She had a 1-for-3 game at the plate. On Thursday, Montclair swept the College of Staten Island, 3-0 and 13-0, in Little Falls with Bergman doing damage in both ends. She drove in two runs with a single in the first game (in which she went 1-for-2) and then singled in a run in the nightcap. She ended up stealing a base and coming around to score. Montclair improved to 12-8.

Ramapo and Staten Island met up on the latter's field on Wednesday, with the home team sweeping by scores of 2-1 and 1-0. Ramapo's Danielle Rothenberger (Livingston, Soph.) rapped out three singles in four at-bats in the first game, but was left on base each time. She also missed out on an RBI on one of those hits when a Ramapo runner was cut down at the plate on a throw from centerfield. In the nightcap, Ramapo's Rachel Wong (Livingston, Jr.) had two singles in three at-bats. The Roadrunners are 10-10.

MEN'S TENNIS

Duke's Luke Marchese (Summit, Soph.) remains undefeated since returning to the Blue Devils' rotation. The Pingry grad most recently dusted off Virginia Tech's Sebastien Jacques, 6-4, 6-3, last Friday, Virginia's Lee Singer, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), on Easter Sunday, and Wake Forest's Zach Leslie, 7-6, 7-3, on Wednesday. All matches took place at sixth singles; interestingly, both Jacques and Singer carry Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. Duke defeated Virginia Tech, 6-1, and Wake Forest, 4-3, but lost to top-ranked Virginia, 4-3. Duke is currently ranked 20th in the nation.

Jamie Russo (Madison, Jr.) earned two wins against a defeat in three matches at sixth singles this week for Loyola of Baltimore. The Madison High grad came away with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Rider's Robert Olson in Lawrenceville on Monday. On Wednesday, Russo was beaten by Mount St. Mary's Matt Black, 6-0, 6-3, but he rebounded on Thursday to take down Catholic's Kyle Kramer, 6-2, 6-1, in Washington, D.C. The Greyhounds easily handled Rider, 7-0, and Catholic, 8-1, but lost to Mount St. Mary's, 4-3.

Scranton's Jonathan Russo (Madison, Fr.) came through at fourth singles against Juniata's Brice Morey on Monday. The Madison High grad delivered a 6-3, 6-0 victory that helped the Royals to an 8-1 team triumph.

Michigan's Mike Sroczynski (Chatham, Sr.) contributed in a big way to Michigan's 4-3 victory over Penn State yesterday in State College, Pennsylvania. Sroczynski, who graduated from Laurel Springs Prep, gutted out a victory at third singles over Jason Lee, 6-4, 7-6 (5) and teamed with George Navas for an 8-6 doubles win over Lee and Warren Hardie.

Dean Thompson (Westfield, Fr.) manned the third singles spot for The College of New Jersey against Drew in Madison on Wednesday and successfully handled Elliot Smego, 6-1, 6-3. Thompson, a Westfield High product, also joined T.J. Riley at second doubles, where they prevailed, 8-6, over Smego and Matt Imbo.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

Rhode Island's Amanda Barletta (New Providence, Sr.) pulled out a victory at fifth singles over Quinnipiac's Lisanne Steinert, 6-2, 6-1, on Tuesday that enabled the Rams to defeat the Bobcats, 4-3.

Middlebury's Anna Burke (Summit, Soph.) handled Skidmore's Nataly Mendoza, 6-0, 6-4, in a match at fourth singles on Wednesday. Burke, an Oak Knoll grad, also teamed with Victoria Aiello at second doubles to knock off Laura Attley (Chatham, Sr.) and Tori Engros, 8-4. Middlebury won the team scoring, 8-1. Attley also lost at third singles to Jamie Haar, 6-4, 6-0. Last weekend, Attley, a Chatham High alum, split her singles matches, defeating The College of New Jersey's Allison Tierney (Berkeley Heights, Fr.), 6-4, 6-2, on Saturday, but then losing to Swarthmore's Emily Rosenblum, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, on Sunday. Attley and Engros lost their doubles match to Tierney and Karisse Bendijo, 8-5, but took care of Swarthmore's Rosie DuBrin and Luann Cignavitch, 8-2.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL

Stevens Tech split two matches this week, losing to Baruch, 3-2 (26-30. 30-28, 28-30, 30-21, 15-10), in Hoboken on Monday and, then, defeating Princeton, 3-2 (25-30, 30-26, 30-26, 23-30, 15-11) on the road on Wednesday. Brandt Grobeis (Livingston, Jr.) played all 10 sets and distributed 55 assists against Baruch. He also six digs, two kills and three assisted blocks. The Livingston High grad was credited with a season-high 66 assists against the Tigers, to go along with six assisted blocks, two kills and two digs. The Ducks are now 20-11.

MEN'S GOLF

Rutgers' James Arbes (Westfield, Sr.) tied for ninth place in the Penn Invitational at Kings Creek Country Club in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on Monday. The Westfield High grad posted rounds of 77 and 72 for an aggregate 7-over-par 149. That left him 16 strokes behind runaway winner Justin Martinson of Delaware, who scorched the course with rounds of 67 and 66 for an 8-stroke victory. The event attracted 69 golfers and 11 teams, with Rutgers taking fourth place; the University of Maryland took the team title.

Danny Liebowitz (Westfield, Soph.) carded the low score for Franklin & Marshall in the Mid-Atlantic Region Invitational at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Monday. Liebowitz, out of Westfield High, tied for 25th place in the 73-man field by shooting 15-over-par 157 (77-80), which was 11 strokes off the low number. The Diplomats finished in 11th place.

John Lecky (Summit, Sr.) and Max Nugent (Short Hills, Jr.) shot the low numbers for Hobart in the Hamilton Invitational at the Skenandoa Club in Clinton, N.Y. on Tuesday. Lecky shot 11-over-par 83 for a share of 27th place, while Nugent was a stroke behind in joint-30th place. The low score in the 64-man field was 74. Hobart finished seventh of 12 teams.

FDU-Florham's Nick Lamberti (Madison, Sr.) paced the Devils with a round of 80 at Morris County Country Club on Monday as they outscored King's College, 329-343, but lost to Scranton, 316-329. On Wednesday, the Devils traveled to Glenmaura in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where they exacted revenge on Scranton, 337-359, and took the measure of Wilkes, 337-363, as well. Lamberti shot 83 here.

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