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MAY 4, 2007


QUAKERTOWN -- The second-seeded King's College baseball team broke open a scoreless game with a five-run fifth inning as the Monarchs posted a 5-0 victory over third-seeded FDU-Florham Friday at Quakertown Memorial Park.

King's, which improved to 28-9 on the year, advances to Saturday's second round game where the Monarchs face cross town rival Wilkes University at 2:30 p.m.  Fourth-seeded Wilkes upset top-seeded DeSales 4-3 in 11 innings in the other first-round game on Friday.

With King's pitcher Caleb Calarco and FDU ace Ryan Flannery locked in a scoreless pitcher's duel, the Monarchs broke the game open in the bottom half of the fifth inning. Matt Livoy would smack a one-out triple to the right centerfield gap. After Vince Budzyn reached base on an infield single, J.R. Graver would drive in the first run of the game with an infield grounder when Livoy beat the throw to home plate. Calarco would then draw a walk, setting the stage for the biggest play of the game.
Monarch senior outfielder Mike Venarchick would step to the plate having struck out swinging in his two previous at-bats.  The King's standout would make the most of his third plate appearance when he crushed a Flannery offering deep over the left field fence for a grand slam home run, giving King's a 5-0 lead.

Calarco would maintain control and kept the Devils off the board until leaving after the eighth inning. Aaron Deroba would pitch a scoreless ninth, striking out two batters as the Monarchs walked away with the win.

Calarco allowed six hits in eight innings, striking out six batters and walking just one. He also helped himself at the plate, going 2-for-3 with one run scored. Budzyn went 2-for-4 with a run to and combined with Calarco to record four of King's nine base hits.

Joey Santillo led FDU with a 3-for-4 effort while Jimmy Sheppard added two hits.  Flannery (6-1) suffered his first loss of the season, yielding five earned runs on nine hits while striking out seven batters.


2007 Freedom Conference Tournament Schedule
at Quakertown Memorial Park, Quakertown, Pa.

Friday, May 4
Game 1 - #4 Wilkes defeated #1 DeSales, 4-3 (11 innings)
Game 2 -  #2 King's defeated #3 FDU-Florham, 5-0

Saturday, May 5
Game 3 - #1 DeSales vs. #3 FDU-Florham, 11:00 am
Game 4 - #2 King's vs. #4 Wilkes, 2:30 pm
Game 5 - Winner Game #3 vs. Loser Game #4, 6:00 pm

Sunday, May 6
Game 6 - Winner Game #4 vs. Winner Game #5, 12:00 pm
Game 7 - Same Teams (If necessary), 3:00 pm


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