Normoyle Goes Deep for Washington
BALTIMORE, MD - Mike Waterhouse went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored as third-seeded Swarthmore topped fourth-seeded Washington College, 5-1, in the first game of day two of the 2010 Centennial Conference Baseball Tournament this morning at JHU Baseball Field on the campus of Johns Hopkins. The Garnet are now 20-17 overall, while the Shoremen finish the season at 17-15 with the loss.
Swarthmore will play the loser of top seed and top ranked Johns Hopkins and two seed Haverford at 4:00 p.m. Hopkins will play Haverford at 12:30 p.m.
Swarthmore in the bottom of the first put runners on second and third with two outs, but a diving play by freshman Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) at second base denied Jimmy Gill of an RBI hit and keep the game scoreless.
The Shoremen got on the board in the top of the second when sophomore Ryan Normoyle (Mount Laurel, NJ/Lenape) launched his fourth home run of the season down the right field line to leadoff the frame and put WC up 1-0.
In the bottom of the second Swarthmore scored three times to take a 3-1 lead, Mike Waterhouse singled to right-center that scored Michael Cameron and Tom Nakamura to put the Garnet up 2-1. Rory McTear hit a sacrifice fly that scored Ben Schneiderman to extend the lead to 3-1 after two.
Spencer Ross was the first batter in the bottom of the third and hit a solo home run just over the left field wall to put the Garnet up 4-1. Washington had runners on first and second in the top of the fourth with one away, but could not cash in.
The Shoremen had the tying run at the plate in the top of the fifth and senior Matt Boucher (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) hit a fly ball deep to right, but Gill caught it at the wall to prevent a potential game-tying homer.
Swarthmore added a run in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Anthony Montalbano that knocked in Waterhouse, who had doubled to make it 5-1 and provide the final margin.
Swarthmore's Kyle Crawford got the win on the mound and improves to 3-4 on the year. He went the distance,allowing just six hits and striking out three. Ross went 2-for-4 with a home run in the Garnet's victory.
For Washington, senior pitcher Chris Smith (Catonsville, MD/Catonsville) took the loss and finishes the year at 4-3. He went 5.1 innings, allowing six hits, five runs, but only three of them earned. He was relieved by fellow classmate, pitcher Chris Keiper (Toms River, NJ/Monsignor Donovan) who allowed just two hits and fanned three.
Boucher, Keiper, Smith and senior Brian Kramer (Fairfax, VA/W.T. Woodson) concluded their Shoremen careers this morning.