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Lions cause a racket indoors Ball / Baseball’s bats ignite By Miguel Gonzalez Sports Editor

After starting the season undefeated, the Lions took their first loss against the Colby College Mules, 3-6, at the Student Recreation Center on March 11. The Lions then blasted Goucher College on March 12, 9-0. The Mules dominated in both doubles and singles. The lone Lions win in the doubles competition came from sophomores Matt Puig and Mitchel Sanders, who defeated junior Shaw Speer and senior Cam Hillier. Junior Chris D’Agostino nearly won his match against Speer until Speer fired back and broke through a deuce. “Colby College came to compete,” head coach Scott Dicheck said. “Everyone played hard, but there is much to improve and learn early in the season.” Sophomore Tim Gavornik and senior Mike Stanley were the only victorious Lions

in singles. Gavornik and Stanley swept their opponents in straight sets, however, their efforts only decreased the Lions losing margin to three points. The following day, the Lions resurged and shutout Goucher College, 9-0. Sophomore Jack August and Stanley only allowed one point in their 8-1 win against Gophers freshman Slade Dumas and sophomore Elliot Diehl. In singles, the Lions buried the Gophers and swept each match. In his singles match, Stanley shunned Gophers freshman Frankie Mullinix and earned a shutout in straight sets. “Stanley gives it his 100 percent at the court,” Dicheck said. “Stanley is a great competitor. No matter who’s at the other end of the court, Stanley will always to be prepared.” Gavornik only allowed two points against Gophers sophomore Josiah Meekins. Well into March, the Lions look forward to warmer weather, as they hope to transition to the College’s outdoor tennis courts.

The Mules edge out the Lions in singles.

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Varone scores the game-winning run against the Pioneers.

continued from page 24 The following day, the team then concluded their spring trip with one last extra inning win against Suffolk University, 6-5.With the team behind 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Anderson delivered the game-tying hit to push the game to extra innings. The Ram immediately responded in the subsequent inning when Rams freshman outfielder Zack Aresty scored on a RBI. The Lions wasted no time replying in their next at-bat. Junior outfielder Mike Follet and Christiain landed home on throwing errors to carry the Lions to a 6-5 win. Throughout the week, junior relief pitcher Matt Curry protected the Lions leads in four games. “Matt was our closer last year, and he did a great job in his role,” Glus said. “He has the mental aspect to be the closer and he loves the role.”

On Wednesday, March 22, the baseball team will travel to Reading, Pa., for a game against Alvernia University. The Lions will play their first home games of the season this week. On Thursday, March 23, the Lions will play against Ursinus College at George Ackerman Pack at 3:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, March 25, the team will compete in a doubleheader at home against Franklin and Marshall College starting at 11:30 a.m.. Despite the numerous competitive games, Glus knows his team is capable of beating high caliber opponents. “When you play four extra innings games and a few of those games were against top 25 ranked teams, it takes the entire team to win those games,” Glus said. “This team has a lot of heart and the ability to keep playing hard until the final out and you do need some luck on the way.”

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The Signal: Spring ‘17 No. 8  

The 03/22/17 issue of The Signal, The College of New Jersey’s student newspaper

The Signal: Spring ‘17 No. 8  

The 03/22/17 issue of The Signal, The College of New Jersey’s student newspaper

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