After returning to home-ground for the first time in six weeks, the Drew University baseball team posted a dominant victory against Juniata College in their Landmark Conference opener on April 7. Zach Lipshitz (‘19), Max Felsenstein (‘20) and Ryan Sabbag (‘18) combined for eight hits, eight RBIs and six runs. The Eagles attempted to cut into the Rangers’ lead, but Drew responded right back by scoring three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Juniata rallied with two runs in the top of the seventh to cut the lead down to 9-5. However, the Rangers again responded with a single from Eric DiPietro (‘19), a double from Mike Pettigrew (‘19) and a single from Felsenstein. The Rangers earned a dominant win with a score of 11-5.
The Rangers returned to action the very next day with a doubleheader against Juniata. The Eagles took game one with a score of 10-8, though the Rangers countered to win the second with a score of 22-8. Drew lead 5-1 at the end of the second inning and started the seventh inning with a 20-7 advantage. They secured themselves a comfortable 22-8 victory and batted in 22 runs in a single game, their highest score since 2013.
Playing their fourth game in three days, the Rangers returned to face Rutgers-Newark on April 9, and suffered a narrow 9-6 loss. Drew got on the board early with Pettigrew’s single and Brian Reagle’s (‘20) double during the second inning. Rutgers-Newark then took the lead with two runs in the first inning and five in the third to put up a 7-1 advantage. The Rangers cut their deficit to 7-4 in the sixth inning, with both Sabbag and Matthew Lange (‘20) scoring runs. After the Scarlet Raiders scored twice, the Rangers countered by scoring twice themselves and brought the margin to 9-6 by the seventh inning. The game came down to the ninth inning, where Felsenstein was unfortunately struck out to give the Scarlet Raiders the victory.
After a day off, the Rangers continued their busy week with a match against NJCU on April 11. The Rangers dropped a close 9-7 decision to the Gothic Knights in a match that was originally postponed from March 22. After NJCU got off to an early lead with two home runs by the second inning, Drew responded by scoring four themselves, with DiPietro scoring a double, Jayson Mitch (‘19) scoring a single and consecutive RBI hits from Felsenstein, Sabbag and Joseph Grossane (‘19), making the score 4-1 in favor of the Rangers. After NJCU pulled within 5-3 in the fourth inning, Drew added two more in the top of the seventh, making the score 7-3. However, the Gothic Knights made an incredible comeback by scoring five times in the bottom of the seventh, which would ultimately earn them the victory.
Following yesterday’s 10-3 victory over CCNY the Rangers’ record stands at 14-8, and 4-2 in the Landmark Conference.