Drew Rallies For Rain-Shortened Win
MADISON, N.J. - Drew trailed 6-0 after the first half inning,
but came back to defeat Stevens Tech, 14-10 in a rain shortened
game. The Rangers trailed 6-0 and 10-9 in the game, but came back
both times to take the lead. Nixon Feliz drove in Xander Rich for
the game tying run in the bottom of the fifth inning before scoring
the winner on Pete Tuchol’s double.
The Ducks scored six runs before Drew was able to record an out in the first inning. Russ Grimes, Denis Ackerman and Dan Silva each had two-run hits in the inning before Andrew Baxter settled down to record three straight outs having seen the first seven batters reach safely.
Drew began the process of chipping away at the 6-0 lead in the bottom of the inning. Nixon Feliz led off with a double to left; Pete Tuchol walked to put two men on for Tom Murray with one out. Murray has hit .412 over his last six games and today went 2-3 with a walk. In the first, he drove in Feliz with a clean single to right. Matt McGrath’s single loaded the bases and Dan Tugendhat brought Tuchol in with an RBI single. Drew Obergfell got the job done with a grounder to second base scoring Murray.
Both teams went down scoreless in the second before Drew got three more in the third. Tuchol led off with a long double and would later score on Tugendhat’s groundout. Murray, on board via a walk, scored on Drew Obergfell’s two-bagger for a 6-5 game. After Rich reached on a single to left, he duped the Ducks into a rundown with a clever base-running play to allow Obergfell to sneak home behind the play.
The Rangers took the lead in the bottom of the fourth with three more runs. Mike Meador singled to lead off followed by Feliz’s walk. Pete Tuchol walked to load the bases for Murray, who ripped a single to score both Meador and Feliz. McGrath’s single drove in Tuchol to give Drew a 9-6 lead.
Baxter had settled down to allow just one hit between the first and fifth innings, but ran into trouble in the top of the fifth. The Ducks scored four to take a 10-9 lead before Andy Imperiale was able to close out the inning.
Trailing 10-9 the Rangers rallied again. Rich, who had a big game for the Rangers, doubled to lead off the inning. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Rich scored on Feliz’ single. Feliz took second on a steal, getting to third on the throw. Feliz would score an out later on Tuchol’s double.
Imperiale put the Ducks down in order in the top of the sixth, securing the win. Drew would score three more runs in the sixth with Rich, Feliz and Zack Bircks each getting an RBI before the game was called with two outs due to rain.
The Rangers are scheduled to play FDU-Florham at Drew tomorrow at 3:30 pm.
Story provided by Drew Sports Information