MARCH 25, 2008
KING'S BASEBALL TEAM HOLDS OFF DVC, 6-5
-- The King's baseball team built a 5-1 lead and held off a late
Delaware Valley College rally as the host Monarchs posted a 6-5
victory Tuesday at Betzler Fields.
With the win, King's improved to 7-7 overall and 3-3 in Freedom
Conference play while the Aggie fell to 8-7 and 1-2 in league games.
King's would strike first in the bottom half of the first inning
when J.R. Graver and Matt Livoy opened the game with singles. After
an Aggie error loaded the bases, Pat McGlynn drove in a run withy an
infield out. Matt Unger then followed with a two-run double down the
left field line before Gracjan Kraszewski added an RBI single to
give the Monarchs a 4-0 lead.
After Delaware Valley scored one run in the second, the Monarchs
countered with a run in the bottom of the frame when Graver doubled
and scored on a single by Jon Venarchick.
KIng's had ample opportunity to pad their lead but stranded seven
runners over the first five innings to allow the Aggies to remain in
the game. Delaware Valley wowuld later cut the lead to 5-2 with a
run in the sixth, then took advantage of two Monarch errors in the
seventh to add another run and close to within 5-3.
King's would add a much needed insurance run in the eighth when
Kraszewski led off with a single. Graver would come up big when his
two-out base hit up the middle would drive in Matt Fignar to give
the Monarchs a 6-3 lead.
In the ninth, the Aggies posted four base hits and closed to 6-5 on
the strength of a two-run single by Kyle Bobb, but King's relief
pitcher Mark Yankowski induced an infield ground out to end the
Eric Matula (1-1) picked up the win for King's, allowing two earned
runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. Graver was 3-for-5 at
the plate with two runs and an RBI. Kraszewski was 3-for-4 with an
RBI while Matt Colgan was 2-for-3 to pace the Monarchs 13-hit
Bobb led Delaware Valley with four base hits while Aggie starter Dan
Metague (2-1) took the pitching loss, allowing five runs, three
earned, in four innings.