Mike Ballard| RU-C Sports Information Director
Haverford College junior southpaw Jonny Black (Los Angeles, CA/Windward School) hurled six innings and allowed two earned runs to collect his first decision of the season as the Fords defeated Rutgers University-Camden, 9-4, in a non-conference baseball game here Wednesday at Campbell’s Field.
The win snapped Haverford’s four-game losing streak and lifted its record to 8-11.
Rutgers-Camden fell to 9-9, snapping a three-game winning streak.
Locked in a scoreless pitching duel with Raptor senior southpaw Collin McGowan (Stratford, NJ/Sterling), who was making his first appearance in a Rutgers-Camden uniform, Black saw his teammates strike for five runs in the third inning to take the lead for good.
Two walks opened the frame before the Fords collected three straight RBI singles from senior first baseman Jake Chaplin (New York, NY/Fieldston School), freshman leftfielder Marley Randazzo (New York, NY/Poly Prep) and senior catcher Jeremy Zoll (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood). The Fords added two more walks, including a run-scoring free pass to sophomore second baseman Luke Frankiw (Calgary, Alberta, Canada/Strathcona-Tweedsmuir), and capped the frame with a sacrifice fly by freshman second baseman Mike Tentilucci (Newtown, PA/Council Rock North).
Haverford added another run in the fourth on two singles, a sacrifice and a sacrifice fly by Zoll.
That was more than enough support for Black, who scattered nine hits and one walk in his six innings, while striking out three. He allowed only a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-run single by freshman second baseman Pierce Phillips (Laurel Springs, NJ/Highland Regional).
The Fords added another run in the sixth on an RBI single by Zoll and both teams closed out the scoring with two-run eighth innings. Haverford scored on an RBI triple by Randazzo and a sacrifice fly by Zoll, while Rutgers-Camden scored on a walk, a bad-hop single by senior first baseman C.J. Mooney (Milltown, NJ/Spotswood) and a pair of infield errors.
Randazzo went 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs for the Fords, while Zoll was 2-for-3 with one run and four RBIs. Chaplin added a 3-for-6 game with two runs and one RBI, while freshman centerfielder Nick Miranda (New Hope, PA/Princeton High) scored a pair of runs and contributed one hit for the Fords’ 11-hit attack.
Rutgers-Camden collected 13 hits in the loss, including a 3-for-4 game with two RBIs by Phillips. Senior rightfielder Tristan Keyser (Sicklerville, NJ/Winslow Township) went 2-for-3 and added a sacrifice, senior designated hitter Jon Siswo (Port Reading, NJ/Woodbridge) went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI and senior shortstop Joe Merlino (Pine Hill, NJ/Overbrook Regional) was 2-for-5.
Keyser’s hits extended his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest on the squad this season.
Junior catcher Shaune Collins (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) added one hit and reached base as a hit batsman for the 12th time this season. He is one shy of the single-season program mark shared by Tom Cusano (1991) and Tom Clarke (2011).
Haverford plays a 3:30 p.m. game at Swarthmore College Friday.
Rutgers-Camden was set to open its New Jersey Athletic Conference schedule Saturday with an 11:30 a.m. doubleheader against Montclair State University. The twin-bill would cap a nine-game home stand for the Scarlet Raptors, who have gone 3-4 in the first seven games of the home stretch.