#NJCUBB Celebrate Another Win & Make History


Kristen Hazzard, Sports Editor

NJCU Baseball faced Rutgers University (Newark) on April 6 for the final leg of a two-game series in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). The Gothic Knights are currently 12-5 for the overall season and 3-1 in the NJAC. The team made history for being 3-1 in the NJAC for the first time since 1992. The team collected seven runs, eight hits and one error.

Winning pitcher Anthony Carfora played four innings and threw a total of 83 pitches. He collected one earned run, five strikeouts and six groundouts. Carfora was relieved in the bottom of the seventh by Kyle Kafer.

The Gothic Knights were unable to notch a complete run to home plate however there were a few baserunners from the top of the first until the third.

NJCU caught up to the Scarlet Raiders in the third when the team earned their first two runs and tied. Mike Ramirez scored with the assist from Tom Pulcine who reached on a fielder’s choice. Jesse Kraft also scored when Nick LoGatto singled to third base.

At the top of the fourth, Ramirez flied out to center field and allowed for Dan Berardi to score.

By the fifth, Jan Castellano stole third however didn’t advance when LoGatto reached on a fielder’s choice to pitcher. LoGatto stole second then advanced to third from there Castellano scored on a wild pitch which gave the team a two-point lead.

With the score tied up in the seventh, Kraft advanced to third on a wild pitch. LoGatto made yet another appearance at the plate and fired a two-run homer to left center which allowed Kraft to score.

LoGatto achieved his third homer of the 2017-18 season and the only player to earn three RBIs in the game.

Ramirez reached on an error and Juan Pena advanced to third in the eighth. From there, Ramirez advanced to second which allowed for Pena to score on a wild pitch. The game continued until the bottom of the ninth. The Gothic Knights achieved a two-point lead and took home another win with the score at 7-4.

The team is scheduled to play William Paterson in a doubleheader on April 7. Stay tuned here and on NJCU Gothic Knights for more information about NJCU Athletics.