March 11, 2012

Weekend Baseball Recap

James Chiorello, McDaniel

Sunday, March 11

UMass-Boston 9, Franklin & Marshall 5
Franklin & Marshall fell to UMass-Boston 9-5 in a back-and-forth seven-inning affair in its spring break opener on Sunday. The Diplomats drop to 3-4 with the loss, while the Beacons move to 2-0. Game two of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled due to rain. Brendan DeMond (0-3) notched 10 strikeouts and walked two in five innings of work in the loss for F&M.

McDaniel 7, New Jersey City 1
McDaniel scored four runs in the eighth inning to break open a 2-1 game, defeating New Jersey City 7-1 at the 2012 RussMatt Central Florida Invitational in non-conference baseball action on Sunday. Zach Jones (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) went the distance on the mound for the Green Terror (4-3), striking out six batters for his first win of the season. Matthew Wagner notched two hits for the Gothic Knights (1-2), who were limited to six hits.

Washington College 10, Gordon 1
The Washington College baseball team extended its best start since 1985 by winning its first game during its week-long stay at the RussMatt Central Florida Baseball Invitational, defeating Gordon, 10-1, in a rain-shortened seven-inning contest in Winter Haven. The Shoremen improved to 6-1 with their fifth consecutive win. Ryan Normoyle went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI, and three stolen bases in the win for Washington. Sophomore Ben Cameron (Laurel, MD/Reservoir) got the win for the Shoremen, allowing no runs on one hit and one walk while striking out five.

Saturday, March 10

Dickinson 16-11, Mount St Vincent 0-4
The Dickinson College baseball team opened its southern tour with a sweep of Mt. St. Vincent on Saturday. The Devils posted a shutout in the opener, winning 16-0, and claimed the nightcap, 11-4. Junior Andrew Mauro (Washington, D.C./Mercersburg) went the distance on the mound in the opener, scattering five hits and recording eight strikeouts to earn the shutout win. Senior Sean White (Summit, N.J./Salisbury School) recorded six strikeouts in five innings, allowing five hits and two runs to earn the win in the nightcap.

Haverford 17, Kenyon 2
Haverford College's baseball team ended Kenyon College's seven-game win streak Saturday morning, defeating the Lords, 17-2, in a non-conference battle that was the Fords' final outing of the spring trip. Haverford (5-4) had its most powerful outing at the plate of the early season while Kenyon (7-4) scored fewer than four runs for only the third time this spring. Starting pitcher Tommy Bergjans earned the win surrendering two runs on six hits and a walk while fanning five in six innings on the mound.

McDaniel 7-5, Lesley 0-0
McDaniel pitchers did not allow a run and struck out 19 batters in 14 innings to key a doubleheader sweep of Lesley in the opening games of both teams' trip to the 2012 RussMatt Central Florida Invitational in non-conference baseball action on Saturday. The Green Terror (3-3) took the opener 7-0 before James Chiorello (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) went the distance in game two, scattering three hits and striking out nine in a 5-0 win. Patrick Christopher (Union Beach, N.J./St. John Vianney) led the squad offensively with four hits and three RBIs.

Baruch 14, Muhlenberg 13
The Muhlenberg baseball team finished an incredibly successful Spring Break trip with a rough loss. The Mules (9-2) led 12-0 after four at-bats, but Baruch scored in each of the last six innings and won 14-13 on a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth. Still, Muhlenberg went 6-2 in Florida – its best Spring Break record ever. 

Friday, March 9

Haverford 5-2, St. Joseph's (L.I.) 2-6
Jonny Williams' complete game helped lead Haverford College to a 5-2 non-conference victory in the opener of a Friday doubleheader against St. Joseph's College (Long Island), but the Golden Eagles were able to earn a split with a 6-5 defeat of the Fords in the nightcap. Williams threw seven innings for Haverford (4-4) in Game 1 allowing St. Joseph's (2-5) one earned, and one unearned run over seven innings. He failed to allow a walk and fanned six.

Johns Hopkins 6, Stevenson 6
For the second time this season, the Johns Hopkins baseball team saw a game come to an end without a team being declared a winner as Hopkins and Stevenson tied 6-6, on a blustery Friday afternoon. It is the second tie for the Blue Jays to open the season. Jeff Lynch led the Blue Jays at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and drawing two walks. Richie Carbone went 3-for-4 with three singles and drove in a run.

Muhlenberg 4, Illinois College 1
Doing the "little things" well is adding up to some big things for the Muhlenberg baseball team. The Mules had two productive outs in the decisive inning and turned three double plays in knocking off previously undefeated Illinois College, 4-1, for their fifth straight win. Muhlenberg now has the second-best record after 10 games (9-1) in program history; the 1928 team was 11-0. The five-game winning streak matches the team's longest since 2005.

Swarthmore 6-13, Pitt-Bradford 3-8
Trailing 8-2 and down to its final out, the Swarthmore College baseball team (10-2) completed a comeback for the ages, scoring 11 runs on four homers to stun Pitt-Bradford 13-8 in the second game of a doubleheader from Chandler, Arizona on Friday afternoon. The Garnet won the first game of the doubleheader by a score of 6-3, completing a perfect 8-0 Spring Break trip and continuing one of the best starts in program history.

Ursinus 9-10, Marywood 3-2
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