Shoremen and Bears Split DH

Shoremen and Bears Split DH

Mattingly Tosses Complete Game in Game Two

COLLEGEVILLE, PA - Host Ursinus College and visiting Washington College split a Centennial Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon on the campus of Ursinus. The Bears won game one, 5-3, but the Shoremen came back to take game two by a 2-1 tally. The Shoremen are now 12-10 overall and 7-5 in conference, while the Bears are now 13-13-1 and 4-8 respectively.

In the second game, the two sides entered the ninth tied at 1-1. WC sophomore Ryan Normoyle (Mount Laurel, NJ/Lenape) singled to right field with one out in the top of the ninth and went to second on a wild pitch. He reached third base on a throw to first following a strikeout. Normoyle would score on a two-out single to centerfield off the bat of freshman Kyle Aldrich (Warren, NJ/Watchung Hills Regional). The RBI hit capped a perfect 3-for-3 game two for Aldrich. Sophomore pitcher Shane Mattingly (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) retired the Bears 1-2-3 in the ninth inning to secure the win for Washington. Mattingly went the distance for the Shoremen, striking out 10 Bears in the process to improve to 4-1 on the season. He scattered eight hits and did not walk a batter.

Bret Umstead's RBI double in the bottom of the third with two away drove in Brandon Sullivan to give Ursinus a 1-0 lead. Washington tied it in the top of the the sixth when freshman Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) scored on an RBI groundout by sophomore John Rolewicz (Bear, DE/Salesianum).

Jake Kohler took the loss for the Bears in the nightcap as he went 8 2/3 innings. He gave up two runs, one earned, surrendered seven hits, struck out five and walked one. Umstead, Rob Vogt and Ben Gresh had two hits apieces for Ursinus in game two.

In game one, Ursinus scored three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-0 lead on a three-run double by Tommy Clarke. Washington got one run back in the top of the third on a Normoyle single to score senior Matt Boucher (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton). The Bears scored twice in the bottom half of the third on a Gresh double and a sacrifice fly by Rich Guthridge to put Ursinus up 5-1.

WC reduced the Ursinus lead to 5-2 in the top of the fifth on a single by Normoyle that scored Connole. Connole singled in freshman Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) to cut the hosts' lead to 5-3 in the sixth but could draw no closer.

Sullivan went 3-for-4 with a run scored and Clarke went 2-for-2 with three RBI for Ursinus in the opener. Chris Fusco also had two hits for the hosts. On the mound, Steve Christakos got the win and improves to 3-2. He hurled a complete game, allowing just two earned runs and striking out six WC hitters.

Normoyle went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the opener for Washington, while Connole went 2-for-4. On the mound, senior Chris Smith (Catonsville, MD/Catonsville) took the loss and falls to 3-2. He went the distance for the Shoremen, striking out three Bears.

The Shoremen return to the field on Tuesday with a 3:30 p.m. game versus Johns Hopkins in Centennial Conference action at Athey Baseball Park.