Shoremen Match Best Start in Past 65 Years
AUBURNDALE, FL -- The Washington College baseball team improved to 8-1 for just the second time since 1947 with a double-header sweep of Anna Maria College today at the RussMatt Central Florida Baseball Invitational in Auburndale, FL. The Shoremen won the first game, 12-1, and took the second, 4-3.
In the first game, the Shoremen got on the board with two runs in the top of the first inning on an RBI triple by senior shortstop Ryan Normoyle (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) and an RBI double by senior catcher John Rolewicz (Bear, DE/Salesianum). Washington added two more runs in the top of the second inning on a two-run single by Normoyle. The Shoremen plated three more runs in the top of the fourth as freshman left fielder Scott Matthews (Goshen, NY/Don Bosco Prep [NJ]) scored on an error and Normoyle hit a two-run home run. In the fifth inning, freshman designated hitter Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) drove in the Shoremen's eighth run with a double, Matthews drove in the ninth run with a single, Normoyle the 10th and 11th with a two-run single, and Rolewicz the 12th with a single.
Anna Maria broke up the shutout in the sixth inning when Kevin Wodatch led off the inning with a double and later scored on a wild pitch.
Senior Shane Mattingly (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) got the win for the Shoremen, pitching six strong innings and allowing one run on five hits and no walks while striking out 10 batters. Sophomore Tom Fiala (New Hope, PA/New Hope-Solebury) pitched the seventh inning, allowing one hit and no runs while striking out two batters.
Normoyle finished the first game 4-for-4 with a career-best seven RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore second baseman Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) was 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored, while Thomas was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Matthews went 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored. Rolewicz went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
Mike Gaurnieri was the only Anna Maria player with multiple hits in the opener, going 2-for-3.
Anna Maria took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the second game on an RBI single by Jeff Scafidi. Rolewicz put the Shoremen in front with a two-run single in the bottom half of the inning, but Anna Maria evened the score at 2-2 in the third on an RBI single by Gaurnieri. Washington regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth when sophomore right fielder Ian Remington (Guilford, CT/Guilford) drove in junior third baseman Joe Willis (Mullica Hill, NJ/Kingsway Regional) on a squeeze play. An RBI single by Rolewicz in the bottom of the fifth extended the Shoremen's lead to 4-2. Anna Maria tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh as Carlos Ortiz cut the lead to 4-3 with a one-out RBI single, but Andrew Dupre grounded into a double play to end the game.
Freshman Michael Long (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) got the win for the Shoremen, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks in five innings of work. Junior Kyle Aldrich (Warren, NJ/Watchung Hills Regional) pitched the sixth inning, allowing one hit. Senior Hunter Draheim (Hollywood, MD/Leonardtown) picked up the save, allowing one run on one hit and two walks.
Rolewicz finished the second game 3-for-3 with three RBI, while Normoyle was 1-for-1 with two walks and two runs scored. Ortiz was the only Anna Maria player with multiple hits in the second game, going 2-for-2 with one RBI.
The Shoremen are now on a seven-game win streak, their longest since 1998. The Shoremen started the 1985 season 8-1. The last Washington team to win nine of its first 10 games was the 1947 squad, which got off to a 9-1 start.
The Shoremen continue play in the RussMatt Central Florida Baseball Invitational tomorrow with a 1:30 p.m. game against Edgewood in Auburndale, FL.