Shoremen Move Into First-Place Tie
John Rolewicz, Washington College
Washington College 15, Franklin & Marshall 12
Visiting Washington College took a 14-7 lead into the bottom of the seventh and held off a rally by host Franklin & Marshall to record a 15-12 win at Caplan Field in Centennial Conference baseball action on Friday afternoon. The Shoremen improve to 23-4 overall and 8-2 in the conference, while the Diplomats fall to 16-14 and 5-5 respectively. Washington has taken five of the past six against F&M. John Rolewicz went 3-for-5 with four RBI, while Dwight Wilcox went 2-for-5 with a career-high four RBI as they helped spark a 15-hit effort. For F&M, who had 21 hits in the loss, Will Benenson led the offense with a 3-for-5 effort with a game-high four runs and three RBI.
Gettysburg 6, Johns Hopkins 1
Sophomore Drew Felsenthal held Johns Hopkins to one run over 8 2/3 innings and Gettysburg defeated the Centennial Conference-leading Blue Jays 6-1 Friday afternoon JHU Baseball Diamond. Johns Hopkins (17-9-2, 8-2 CC) loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but freshman Brett Harrington induced a game-ending flyout to center. The win gave the Bullets (15-10, 4-6 CC) their first victory at Johns Hopkins since 1999, snapping a 12-game losing streak at JHU. Felsenthal (4-1) won his third consecutive start while working the longest outing of his collegiate career. He scattered eight hits – all singles – and fired a career-high seven strikeouts while tossing 144 pitches. It was also the third straight start that he worked at least eight innings. Sophomore Austin Davis had another big day at the plate, going 4-for-5 while reaching on three infield singles. Mike Kanen went 3-for-5 for Johns Hopkins, which saw its five-game winning streak come to an end.
Ursinus 11, Haverford 8
Ursinus sophomore left fielder Josh Schnell (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown) went 2-for-4 with five RBI, including his first career home run as the Bears (13-14, 5-5 Centennial) came from behind to defeat Haverford (13-16, 5-5 Centennial) 11-8 on Friday afternoon on the Main Line. The win marked the first series sweep for Ursinus of the Fords since 2004. Junior catcher Kevin Wilson (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) had three RBI, while senior centerfielder Ben Gresh (Pottstown, Pa./Pottsgrove) went 3-for-5 with two run scored, with a triple and a home run. Mike Tentilucci went 4-for-5 for the Fords.
McDaniel 7, Dickinson 6
Trailing 6-3 entering the bottom of the ninth, five of McDaniel's six batters reached base to notch a 7-6 Centennial Conference (CC) baseball victory over Dickinson on Friday. Brandon Hayward (Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett) led the offense with three hits but it was Marshall Betts (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) who delivered the game-winning hit for the Green Terror (17-8, 5-5 CC), who recorded its first season sweep of the Red Devils (17-11, 4-6 CC) since 2003. Steven Haynes paced Dickinson with three hits and two RBIs. With Jack Dowd (Friendship, Md./Bishop McNamara) on second base, Betts fouled off a 1-1 offering before dropping the ball just to the right side of center field, plating Dowd with the winning run and McDaniel's first walk-off win on its home field since the opening day of the 2009 season.
Swarthmore 12, Muhlenberg 5
Led by the record-breaking offensive performance from junior rightfielder Tim Kwilos, the Swarthmore College baseball team (18-10, 4-6) continued its slump-busting with a 12-5 win over the Muhlenberg Mules on Friday in Allentown. The win, propelled by a six-run eighth inning, gave the Garnet a series and season sweep of the Mules (18-14, 2-8). Kwilos went 2-for-3 with five runs batted in, including a three-run homer in the eighth inning. He now has 40 RBIs on the season, which breaks the Swarthmore single-season record (38) set by Spencer Ross '12 and Jimmy Gill '10 in 2010. Senior second baseman Anthony Montalbano earned a pair of hits and three RBIs, and Nicko Burnett and senior catcher Miles Santo also picked up two hits each.