Rolewicz Hits Two-Run Home Run for Washington
BALTIMORE, MD - Stephen Bejsiuk of host fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins hit three home runs in going 3-for-4 with six RBI and three runs scored as the host Blue Jays topped visiting Washington College, 13-4, in a Centennial Conference baseball game today at JHU Baseball Field. The Blue Jays improved to 28-3 overall and 14-0 in conference play with the win, while the Shoremen fell to 12-12 and 7-7 with the loss.
The Shoremen jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Freshman Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) walked and would come around to score when the next hitter, sophomore John Rolewicz (Bear, DE/Salesianum) cracked a two-run home run over the right field wall. The Blue Jays tied the game in the bottom half of the first when Dave Kahn launched a two-out two-run homer to left to level the score at 2-2.
Lee Bolyard would make it 3-2 Blue Jays when he scored on an RBI triple off the bat of James Teta with two away in the bottom of the second. The Shoremen regained the lead in the top of the third with two runs to take a 4-3 lead with the help of three errors by Johns Hopkins. Sophomore Ryan Normoyle (Mount Laurel, NJ/Lenape) and freshman Kyle Aldrich (Warren, NJ/Watchung Hills Regional) scored on a Hopkins' throwing error off the bat of freshman Ryan Mulhearn (Nazareth, PA/Nazareth Regional).
In the Blue Jays' half of the third, the hosts scored four times to grab a 7-4 lead. Kahn would drive in Chris Huisman on a single through the left side with one away to even the score at 4-4. Stephen Bejsiuk then hit a three-run blast with two outs to give the hosts a 7-4 bulge. Bejsiuk homered to left two innings later, his second of the contest, to push the lead to 8-4 with two outs.
Washington had runners at second and third with one out in the top of the seventh, but could not score. Following a rain delay after the top of the frame that lasted for 33 minutes, Hopkins scored four runs with two outs to take a 12-4 lead. John Swarr made the lead 9-4 on an RBI two-bagger and Bejsiuk's third home run of the afternoon made it 11-4. Teta closed the scoring in the seventh with an RBI double to extend the cushion to 12-4. Hopkins added another two-out run in the bottom of the eighth to grab a 13-4 lead and provide the final margin.
Kahn helped the Blue Jays' charge as he went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Huisman went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Teta went 2-for-4 with two RBI for Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays scored 12 of their 13 runs with two outs in the game. On the mound, Marco Simmons got the victory and improves to 5-1 on the season. He went seven innings, scattering five hits and giving up four runs, but only two of them earned.
For Washington, Rolewicz led the offense with a 2-for-5 afternoon with two RBI and run scored. Senior Matt Boucher (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) added two hits and Connole drew three walks for the Shoremen in the game. Freshman pitcher Joe Kearney-Argow (Mount Laurel, NJ/Lenape) took the loss for the Shoremen and falls to 2-2.
The Shoremen travel to Carlisle, PA tomorrow to take on Dickinson in a conference twinbill. First pitch is at 12:30 p.m.