April 3, 2012

Mattingly Strikes Out Career-High 12 As Shoremen Top Garnet, 5-3

Tosses Complete Game Victory For WC

CHESTERSTOWN, MD – Senior pitcher Shane Mattingly (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) struck out a career-high 12 batters and tossed a complete game victory as host Washington College downed visiting Swarthmore, 5-3, on Tuesday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park in Centennial Conference baseball action.  The Shoremen improve to 19-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference, while the Garnet slip to 16-7 and 2-3 respectively.  WC is 4-1 for the second straight year in conference action.

Washington came out strong at the plate with three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-0 lead.  Junior Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) scored from first on an RBI triple to right-center off the bat of sophomore Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) to put WC up 1-0.  The Shoremen made it 2-0 when junior Ryan Normoyle (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) doubled to the gap in left-center and plated Marinelli.  Normoyle completed the scoring in the last of the first when he scored on a single to right by junior Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) to put the hosts up by three runs.

The Garnet struck back in the top of the second with a pair of runs to cut the lead to 3-2.  Tim Kwilos scored on an RBI groundout to shortstop off the bat of Mike Cameron for Swarthmore's first run.  Mike Waterhouse scored on an infield single by Spencer Ross with two away to cut the lead to one run.

Washington retook a two-run lead at 4-2 in the last of the fifth when Normoyle singled to left with two outs to score Connole.  Normoyle's ball just eluded Swarthmore left fielder Nicko Burnett on the play.

Swarthmore answered back with a run in the top of the seventh when Anthony Montalbano doubled to right-center to score Ross and trim the lead to 4-3.

In the last of the eighth, Cotterell scored from third on a passed ball to re-establish the hosts' two-run lead at 5-3.

Swarthmore had the tying run at the plate in the top of the ninth, but Mattingly struck out Ross to end the game to give Washington its first win at home over Swarthmore since 2008.  Mattingly, who struck out the side in the ninth, got his career-high in punchouts when he fanned Ross. 

Mattingly improves to 4-0 on the season with the win.  He scattered nine hits, allowed three runs, three earned and did not walk a batter.  The prior high for Mattingly in strikeouts was 11 against Moravian on March 7, 2010.

At the plate, Cotterell was 3-for-3 with an RBI and run scored in the win.  Normoyle was 2-for-3 with two RBI and Connole scored twice.

For Swarthmore, Ross was 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI to spark the Garnet offense.  McTear also had a pair of hits for the visitors.  On the mound, Ignacio Rodriguez got the loss and fall to 5-2.  He went 7 1/3 innings, allowed seven hits, five runs, four earned, walking three and striking out 11. 

The Shoremen and Garnet conclude the two-game series on Thursday at Clothier Field on the campus  of Swarthmore.  First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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