NJIT Comes from Behind to Nip Wright State, 7-6

Matt Marotta had 4 RBI over the last 3 innings

May 18, 2008

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DAYTON, OH - The NJIT baseball team completed the best week of its 2008 season with a come-from-behind 7-6 win Sunday afternoon in the third of its three-game series at Wright State.

The Highlanders, who trailed, 6-3, through six innings, tied the score with three runs in the top of the seventh inning and then scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning.

Freshman Matt Marotta drove home all four runs in the NJIT comeback. He drove a bases-clearing three-run double with two outs in the seventh inning and then a run-scoring two-out single in the ninth to spark the Highlander win.

NJIT, which has struggled through a spate of injuries at key positions and other assorted bad luck, posted a 2-2 record this week.

Having been off the diamond for nine days due to final exams, the Highlanders came back on May 13 and defeated Saint Joseph's, PA, before heading west to visit Wright State, a team that won 36 games in 2007 and came into the NJIT series with a 27-20 record.

The Raiders won the first two games of the series Friday night and Saturday night, before the Highlanders pulled out their 7-6 win on Sunday afternoon.

Marotta finished 4-for-4, with four runs batted in and a triple and a double for NJIT. Senior DH Matt Schlitter was 3-for-5, including a double, and five other Highlanders got one hit apiece, including senior 1B Mike Turner and freshman C Matt Tomczyk, each of whom drove in a run.

The Highlanders used two pitchers. Sophomore LHP Bobby Wyrwa started and went 3.2 innings, six hits and five runs (two earned). Junior LHP Rob Pietrocola came on to pitch the last 5.1 innings and got his first win of the season, allowing one run and four hits.

Reliever Scott Ruthven, the last of six pitchers for Wright State, took the loss, allowing an unearned run--the game-winner--in his one inning of work. The loss gives him a 3-2 record for the Raiders, who are 29-21 after losing to NJIT.

The Raiders got a total of 10 hits divided among nine men. The only Wright State batter with more than one hit was leadoff man 3B RJ Gundolff, who was 2-for-5. Raider 1B Jeremy Hamilton had one hit, but it was his ninth home run of the season and CF John Koplichak hit his 11th homer and drove in three runs.

In the first inning, NJIT tallied an unearned run on WSU starting pitcher Jordan Wolfe, as the Raiders committed two errors. In the second, Marotta tripled to start the inning and scored on a Miguel Lugo ground out to give NJIT a 2-0 lead.

Wright State scored a pair of unearned runs in the third inning to knot the game at 2-2.

In the fourth inning, Kopilchack's three-run homer to right, gave the home team a 5-2 lead. The Highlanders got a run back, but Hamilton's solo shot leading off the bottom of the fifth made it 6-3 for the Raiders.

The Highlanders picked up three runs in the seventh inning on Marotta's two-out bases-loaded double that pulled the Highlanders even at 6-6.

Marotta drove in the decisive RBI in the top of the ninth on a two-out single that gave him four RBI in the last three innings.

Pietrocola worked around a pair of two-out singles to nail down the win for the Highlanders in the bottom of the ninth inning.

NJIT will complete its 2008 season with four games at the national Division I Independent Tournament in Edinburg, TX, starting Wednesday afternoon against New York Institute of Technology.


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