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On Sunday March 3rd the Drew baseball team hosted NYU-Poly Tech for their home opener on Doc Young Field. The Rangers (2-0) scored in all but two innings on the day, and defeated the Blue Jays 24-1 in game one, and 21-1 in game two.

There were a variety of outstanding individual pitching performances throughout the game. Alex Taylor (’14) threw four innings, allowing only one hit and striking out five. Similarly, Tom Koontz (’13) and Dylan Baxter (’16) allowed just one more hit, and the only run within the last three innings.

Starting the second game was Bobby Miskura (’16), who threw four shutout innings of one-hit ball and struck out six in his first victory as a Ranger. Similarly, Pat Rock (’13), Matthew Hunter (’15) and Francis Rossi (’15) each threw for an inning and did not allow a run. Anthony Feltre (’16) and Mike Klinger (’16) each had three RBIs in the first game.

When asked about the young talent on the team, captain Michael Bodden (’13) said “multiple newcomers got their first collegiate starts, hits, wins, at bats. Just to name a few, Bobby Miskura, Anthony Feltre, Kidane Rutty, JC Rasic, Mark Alessio and more. As an upperclassmen, I can say I am excited to see what other accomplishments are next for them.”  In the second game, the Drew offense did not stop the intensity. J.C. Rasic (’16) and Justin Mancini (’13) each recorded four RBIs and scored a run in the game. Similarly, six of the nine starters recorded multiple hits throughout the game.

Bodden did not record an official at bat in the first game, walking three times and reaching first on a hit-by-pitch. He recorded four runs in the first game and five in the second, ending the day 2-for-4 with nine runs and three stolen bases. Similarly, Bodden was named the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association Division II/III Player of the Week after helping Drew to a 2-0 lead in the first game.

One of the most impressive innings of the day was the Rangers’ second turn at bat where they scored nine runs and sent 15 batters to the plate overall. The Rangers dominated throughout the first game, scoring the first 24 runs of the game before the Blue Jays scored their first run in the top of the sixth.

“Our goals for this season are quite obvious, successfully defend our Landmark Conference Championship. We believe that the talent on this team is very capable of reaching this goal. Beside the conference championship, breaking the school record of 23 regular season wins would be great! Again I am confident that it is a very realistic situation for us to be in at the end of the year,” said Bodden.

The Rangers made history this Sunday, recording 24 runs in the first game. These are the most ever recorded at Doc Young Field since 1991.

On Tuesday March 5, the Drew baseball team defeated Swarthmore 8-1 on the road although the game was called after eight innings due to darkness. The Rangers now improve to 3-0 on the season leading into their spring break trip. Ken Myers (‘14) made his first start of the season, pitching six innings and only allowing one run. He also gave up six hits and struck out four to earn his first win this season. Similarly, Drew Blanco (’16) closed the game, pitching two scoreless innings and striking out three batters.

Five players for the Rangers made many multiple hit efforts, which were highlighted by Mark Alessio (’14), who went 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs. Similarly, Bodden collected two hits and scored twice. The Rangers got up early in the first two innings, recording three runs. After a Garnett error in the first inning, Klinger hit a single, allowing Steve Kowalski (‘15) to score. Alessio scored on the second error of the inning, making the score 2-0.

Drew managed to score three more runs in the top of the fifth with RBI singles from Feltre, Alessio and Miskura. Alessio finished off the scoring for Drew in the top of the eighth with a double to center that allowed Kowalski to score.

The Rangers will travel to Fort Myers, Fla. to participate in five-scheduled game as a part of the Gene Cusic Classic. Their first game is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. against Bethel University.