Connole 3-For-4 With RBI For WC
WINTER HAVEN, FL – Al Mersman went 3-for-4 with three RBI to lift Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to an 8-2 win over Washington College on Friday at Chain of Lakes Field #4 at the RussMatt Central Florida Baseball Invitational in non-conference baseball action. The Engineers improve to 6-2 with the win, while the Shoremen drop to 5-7.
RPI scored three times in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. Andrew Kalish and Jonny Rio scored on a fielding error to take a 2-0 lead and Mersman singled to right to score Chuck Erickson put the Engineers ahead 3-0.
Andrew Kalish drove in Eric Kozak on a two-out double to left-center to make it 4-0 in the bottom of the second.
Washington got on the board in the top of the fifth when senior Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) doubled to left-center to drive in freshman Brian Quadrino (Smithtown, NY/Smithtown East) with two away to cut the RPI lead to 4-1. The Shoremen cut the RPI lead to 4-2 in the top of the sixth when with one out, senior Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South), who got his 100th hit versus Daniel Webster on Wednesday, singled to left to score freshman Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, VA/Osbourn Park) to reduce the Engineers lead to 4-2.
The Engineers salted away the game with a four-run last of the seventh to provide the final margin. Tim LeSeur scored on a single to left off the bat of Rio to make it 5-2. With one out, Shane Matthews singled to left to drive in Andrew Kalish to give RPI a four-run lead. Mersman hit a two-run double with two away to score Rio and Shane Matthews to cap the scoring and give RPI a 8-2 lead.
For the Engineers who had 10 hits in the win, had a 2-for-3 with two runs scored by Andrew Kalish and Rio scored twice. On the hill, Mike Campisi got the win and is 1-1 on the year. He went eight innings, scattering seven hits, allowing just a pair of earned runs, walking two and striking out one.
For the Shoremen, Connole was 3-for-4 with an RBI. The three hits was a game-best as WC had eight hits. On the mound, senior Joe Kearney-Argow (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) took the loss and drops to 1-1. He went six-plus innings for Washington.
WC is back in action tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. as they play Greenville in the squad's final game in Florida.