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MAY 6, 2005


QUAKERTOWN -- Caleb Calarco went 4-for-4 with four RBI to power the King's College baseball team to a 8-0 victory over Wilkes University in the opening round of the Freedom Conference playoffs Friday at Quakertown Memorial Park.

With the win, King's improved to 24-12 while Wilkes slipped to 22-18-1. The second-seeded Monarchs will next play top-seeded DeSales, a 7-6 winner over fourth-seeded FDU-Florham, Saturday at 3:00 p.m.  Wilkes and FDU will meet in an 11:00 a.m. elimination game.

The Monarchs took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Rob Medlock reached base on an error and Jeff Wells drew a walk. Calarco and VInce Budzyn delivered back-to-back RBI singles to put the Monarchs on top. 

King's would add another run in the fifth when Jeremy Faust singled  and scored on a double from Medlock. The Monarchs then extended the lead to 5-0 in the sixth when Josh Faust and Calarco singled  and would later score on a base hit from Jason Siebert.

Calarco would conclude his perfect offensive day in the seventh with a towering three-run home run following a walk to Medlock and a double from Wells.

King's had 11 hits in the game as Calarco was aided by Jeremy Faust who was 2-for-4 and scored a run. Medlock, Wells scored two runs each.

While King's proved to be effective on the offensive end, the Monarchs received a solid pitching effort from Paul Giovannoli. The sophomore hurler improved to 7-1 on the year after scattering five hits and striking out eight batters in eight innings of work. Kyle Ehlis pitched a scoreless ninth for the Monarchs.

Wilkes was led by Steve Imdorf who went 2-for-4 and was the lone multiple hit player for the Colonels. Starting pitcher Mike Toomey (3-3) took the loss, allowing five runs, four which were earned, in six innings of work.

Saturday Schedule
Game 3:  Wilkes vs. FDU, 11:00 a.m. (Loser Eliminated))
Game 4:  King's vs. DeSales,  3:00 p.m.
Game 5:  Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 7:00 p.m. (Loser Eliminated)

Sunday Schedule
Game 6:  Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5
Game 7: Same Teams (If Necessary)

*The Freedom Conference Tournament is a double-elimination event.

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