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PR # 137 January 26, 2009


The Raritan Valley Community College Golden Lions Baseball Team has provided full scholarships to five students who will be playing on the College?s Baseball Team for the Spring semester. RVCC?s Men?s Baseball Team?along with the College?s Women?s Basketball and Softball teams?moved up to NJCAA Division II for the 2008-2009 school year. This change of status now enables RVCC to offer athletic scholarships to students participating in those sports.

The players awarded athletic scholarships will contribute to all aspects of the game. The scholarship awardees include pitcher Matt Zygmund, a holdover from the 2008 squad. In addition to his pitching skills, Zygmund, a 2007 Hillsborough High School graduate, was the Lions? main offensive threat last season. He batted .440 and was one of the team?s better pitchers on the mound.

Also receiving scholarships were pitchers Ryan Sapp, a 2006 Bridgewater-Raritan graduate, and Ben Sanzone, a 2006 Pompton Lakes High School graduate. Both Sapp and Sanzone are expected to assist at other positions in both the infield and outfield.

The Golden Lions also awarded a scholarship to last season?s starting shortstop, Corey Towey. Like Zygmund, Towey is a 2007 Hillsborough graduate. Towey hit over .300 during his freshman campaign with the Lions. Towey was instrumental in one of the brightest moments of the Lions? 2008 Spring campaign. The athlete went 4-7 with 4 RBIs during the April 9 game against nationally ranked Middlesex County College. His hits included the game-tying single in the 10th inning and a game-winning, bases-loaded single in the 11th inning.

Also joining the team with an athletic scholarship is Carlo Romano. A 2008 graduate of Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Romano is expected to be the Lions? new leadoff man. He was a varsity standout in centerfield for Bridgewater, where he was 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-County and 3rd Team All-Area last season. Romano led the Bridgewater-Raritan Panthers in runs, on-base percentage, stolen bases and doubles last season and was second on the team in hits and average.

RVCC?s Men?s Baseball Team is coached by Matthew Sommo of New Providence.

?With these valuable players joining the team, the Lions can look forward to a successful season,? said Coach Sommo. ?The team has a great mix of veterans and newcomers.?

The season opens with five games in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, beginning March 9 at the Cal Ripken Experience Complex.

For additional information about Men?s Baseball at RVCC, contact Matt Sommo, 908-526-1200, ext. 8262.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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