Kearney-Argow Strikes Out Career-High Eight Hitters In Game One Victory
CHESTERTOWN, MD – Washington College senior pitcher Joe Kearney-Argow (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) struck out a career-best eight batters and pitched his first-ever nine inning complete game as the Shoremen topped Ursinus, 4-1, in game one of a Centennial Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon Athey Baseball Park. The Bears earned a split by holding off the Shoremen 7-6 in game two. The Shoremen are now 12-13 overall and 3-3 in the Centennial, while the Bears are now 6-14 and 2-4 respectively.
In game one, the Shoremen scored three times to take a quick 3-0 lead after the one inning. In the bottom of the first, senior Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) became the third Washington player to record 150 career hits when he doubled down the left field line to open the game and he scored the game's first run on a two-bagger to left field by junior Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge). Marinelli scored on a sacrifice fly to center by sophomore Scott Matthews (Goshen, NY/Don Bosco Prep (NJ) to make it 2-0. Sophomore Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) singled home senior Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) on a base hit up the middle for the third and final run.
Thomas led off the last of the fourth with a double and scored on a single to left off the bat of sophomore Kyle Mikula (Stafford, VA/Colonial Forge) with no outs to make it 4-0. Ursinus got on the board in the top of the sixth when Sean Pisik scored on a fielding error by Washington to cut the lead to 4-1 and provide the final margin. The Bears did have the tying run at the plate with two outs in the top of the sixth with Chris Jablonski at the plate, but he grounded out to Thomas to end the threat.
Kearney-Argow tossed the team's first complete game of the year as he scattered five hits, allowed one earned run and struck out eight without walking a batter to improve to 2-1 on the year. Thomas was 3-for-3 with an RBI and run scored as Washington had nine hits.
Steve Berardi was the loser in game one for Ursinus as he went the distance too. He allowed nine hits, four runs, all earned, walked three and struck out five as he drops to 0-4.
In game two, Washington scored in the last of the first when Connole scored on a Matthews single to left-center with two away to make it 1-0.
Ursinus scored three times in the top of the second with two outs to take a 3-1 lead. Pisik singled through the right side to score Jake Neiman to tie the game at 1-1. Ryan Furlong then cracked a two-run single to right to score Jake Kohler and Pisik to make it 3-1. The Shoremen got one back in the last of the second when freshman Brian Quadrino (Smithtown, NY/Smithtown East) came home on a single to right-center by freshman Garrett Richardello (Coventry, CT/East Catholic) to cut the lead to 3-2.
The Bears tacked on two more two-out runs in the top of the third to make it 5-2 when Kohler tripled to right-center to plate both Kevin Wilson and Jablonski. The Shoremen cut it to 5-3 in the last of the third when with one out, Baquer scored on a balk.
Ursinus made it 6-3 in the top of the fourth when Ralph Aurora scored on an infield hit to shortstop by Wilson with two away. The Shoremen got one back in the last of the fourth when Quadrino scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Michael Festa (Newtown, PA/Council Rock North) to trim the lead to 6-4.
The Bears scored in the top of the ninth to make it 7-4 when James Hoff scored on a two-base hit to right-center with nobody out by Wilson.
The Shoremen did not go quietly in the bottom of the ninth when with one out Marinelli doubled to center to score senior Joe Willis (Mullica Hill, NJ/Kingsway Regional) and Connole to trim the lead to 7-6. Washington got the tying run to third in Marinelli, by Ursinus pitcher Chris Ryder got Cotterell to fly out to Chris Menzies in left for the final out and the Bears hold on for a one-run win.
For Ursinus in game two, Wilson was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Kohler was 2-for-3 with two RBI to spark the Ursinus offense which had 11 hits. Kohler drove in a pair, while Hoff had two hits. On the hill, Alex Manacher got the win and improves to 2-0. He went seven innings, giving up four runs and struck out four. He gave up eight hits and walked two. Ryder retired the last two batters to pick up his second save of the year.
Four Shoremen had two hits in the second game as Baquer, Connole, Marinelli and Richardello all had a pair of hits, as the team had 11 total hits. Connole and Quadrino each scored twice, while Marinelli drove in two. On the hill, junior Ben Cameron (Laurel, MD/Reservoir) took the loss and falls to 0-1. He allowed five runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Both teams had two errors in game two.
Just two other Shoremen have netted 150 career hits. Current assistant coach Ryan Normoyle '12 has the program record for career hits with 208, while John Rolewicz '12 recorded 162 all-time hits.
The Shoremen travel to Swarthmore on Tuesday afternoon with a 3:30 p.m. game in conference play.