Rutgers- Camden Spring Sports Wrap- Up

Rutgers- Camden Spring Sports Wrap- Up

It’s postseason time for all of the spring sports teams.

As we draw a close to the regular season and head into crunch time, let’s take a look at how each team fared this year:

Softball: (21-13-1)

The Rutgers-Camden women’s softball team enjoyed a good bounceback season finishing with 21 wins while keeping pace in a loaded New Jersey Athletic Conference all season coming in sixth place and earning a spot in the conference tournament.

Amidst changes in coaching and team philosophy, the girls improved as a team in every phase hitting .294 and posting a 3.11 earned run average collectively. Standout seasons came from the bats and arms of senior Devon Welsh as well as juniors Katie Larsen and Brittany Scott.

Devon Welsh was the team’s most consistent player as she batted a team high .393 at the plate this season hitting two home runs and six doubles to go along with her 22 runs scored. She was a constant catalyst in the offensive attack which lead her to receiving NJAC second- team all-conference honors.

Brittany Scott did it all for the Lady Raptors this season at the plate and on the mound. At the plate, Scott hit .278 with 3 home runs, 27 RBI’s and 30 hits on the season. Not to be outdone on the mound, she posted a 16-12 record with a low 2.35 ERA. Pitching in over 190 innings this season, Scott struck out 132 batters while only walking 66, holding opponents to a .262 batting average.

Junior Katie Larson was also a constant force at the plate as she batted .374 with three home runs and 32 RBI’s. She was a very tough out, striking out only nine times and cracking 10 doubles this season. Larson would also field 96 percent of the balls hit her way at the hot corner which is a very tall task.

The Rutgers-Camden softball team tasted good success this season and although it didn’t end the way they may have envisioned, they made progress and with the bulk of their team returning next season, they should be a force to be reckoned with.

Baseball: (24-16)

The Rutgers- Camden baseball team had a huge target on their back this season following one of the best seasons in program history, last year winning 30 games including their first regional win and bid.

This season, the Scarlet Raptors had many ups and downs playing one of the toughest schedules in the country, but have come on very strong and are coming into form heading into regionals.

After started a dismal 2-8 on their annual spring break trip to Florida, the Scarlet Raptors finished the regular season 19-6 and captured their second straight NJAC regular season championship. They made a great run in the postseason conference tournament after losing the opening round game against The College of New Jersey and winning their next three games to set up a championship game against Kean University. The Scarlet Raptors would lose to Kean in the championship round 7-2.

With their stellar run that they have made since coming home from Florida, they have set themselves up for an at- large regional bid and a chance to achieve their pre-season goal of making it to and winning the World Series.

The Rutgers- Camden pitching staff established themselves as one of the best the country has to offer as they consistently kept the team in games when the offense was struggling. With a combined 3.14 ERA, the pitchers were the standout performers this year and look to be even better come NCAA tournament time where arms will be needed and a team’s pitching depth will factor in more than ever. The pitching performances were highlighted by ace Jeff Singer’s no- hitter against Montclair State and Billy Jackson’s two straight complete game shutouts against conference opponents Kean and Montclair State.

The offense was expected to be the strong point this year, but got off to a cold start and is now starting to pick it up and come on strong.

Sophomores Jon Theckston and Joe Brooks were consistent bats all season long, hitting .343 and .331 respectively.

Junior Brett Tenuto has been the Scarlet Raptors hottest bat and one of the most consistent as he has pushed his batting average up to .293 while being a great table-setter with gap-to-gap power, starting off many innings already in scoring position for the team.

Senior centerfielder Bobby Romano put has put together a great final season, providing excitement all season with 10 doubles, eight triples, a home run and numerous defensive plays in the outfield that saved a lot of games for the team.

Golf

The Rutgers- Camden golf team has easily been the biggest success of the spring season.

As they head into the NCAA tournament on May 12, the golf team has won six out of their 13 team matches including the North Eastern Athletic Conference championship on the weekend of April 18. This conference championship win was also part of the key stretch of the season starting on March 30, where they won five of six matches and were dominating their opponents with a total team effort.

Every golfer on the team played a big role in some way during this magical run and have helped the team get to this point. The top seven golfers according to average have scores ranging from 78 to 85 and multiple players have individually won tournaments.

They have proven to be the model of consistency and it has been made evident from their amazing season to this point. If they continue to collectively carry their momentum into the NCAA tournament, they have a really good shot at bringing home the school’s first golf national championship.

Lacrosse: (1-13)

The Rutgers- Camden lacrosse team were only able to salvage one win this season as they faced an extremely competitive schedule.

A tough schedule mixed with a young team doesn’t equal great success for any program as the Lady Raptors didn’t feature any senior on their roster, made up mostly of juniors and sophomores.

This was clearly a rebuilding year for the team and the experience gained from playing in one of the toughest conferences should be a major help as the team looks to next season with another year under their belts and more of a grasp on what may need to be done.

The girls played hard all season and two players were honored as NJAC all-conference performers: Cecelia Gross and Holly Cusick.

Gross, a sophomore, scored a team leading 31 goals this season including a fantastic five goals versus Immaculata University on February 28. She also had 29 ground balls, 43 draw controls and forced 11 turnovers.

Cusick, a junior, served as the team’s captain and has established herself as one of the program’s all time best players. This season, she scored nine goals and had seven assists to go along with 32 draw controls, 29 ground balls and 13 forced turnovers. She now ranks as the Rutgers-Camden all- time leader in assists (36), draw controls (127) and caused turnovers (46).

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