Connole Goes 7-For-10 In DH Sweep, Including Walk-Off Hit In Game Two
CHESTERTOWN, MD – The Washington College baseball team earned a sweep over visiting Ursinus in a Centennial Conference baseball double-header on Saturday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park. The Shoremen won 5-3 in game one and grabbed game two, 6-5, in 11 innings to register their first sweep of the Bears in 10 years. Washington is now 13-8 overall and 4-1 in the conference, while Ursinus is 5-12 and 1-4 respectively.
In game two, the Bears and Shoremen were tied entering 5-5 entering the bottom of the 11th inning. Junior Ben Jardot (McLean, VA/Flint Hill School) led off the inning with an infield single and moved to second base on a single to shallow centerfield off the bat of sophomore Ryan Mulhearn (Nazareth, PA/Nazareth Area). The next batter, freshman Jon Mahaffey (Sykesville, MD/Century) singled on a bunt down the third base line that just stayed put in the grass to load the bases. Sophomore Sean Connole (Mount Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) concluded his 7-for-10 day with a single to right field and Jardot dented the plate to give WC the walk-off victory and the sweep of the Bears.
Washington took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when junior John Rolewicz (Bear, DE/Salesianum) socked a three-run home run to right-center. Ursinus got one run back in the top of the second when Josh Schnell doubled to left-center and drove in Ben Gresh to cut the WC lead to 3-1. The Bears grabbed the lead in the top of the third with three runs to take a 4-3 lead. Robert Vogt scored Garrett Smith on an RBI groundout to trim the Shoremen lead to 3-2. The next hitter, Gresh then cranked a two-run home run over the centerfield wall to put the Bears up 4-3.
In the bottom of the third, junior Ryan Normoyle (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) slammed a long home run down the right field line to knot the game at 4-4. Washington would take a 5-4 lead later in the frame when Jardot scored Rolewicz on a sacrifice fly to right.
Ursinus would tie it with a run in the seventh when Lou Argentine scored Smith on an RBI groundout. It would stay 5-5 until Connole's walk-off single.
Connole, Normoyle and Jardot all had three hits for WC in the nightcap, while Rolewicz had three RBI and scored twice. On the mound, junior pitcher Hunter Draheim (Hollywood, MD/Leonardtown) got the win and is now 3-0. He allowed just one hit in 3.1 innings.
For the Bears, Brandon Sullivan, Gresh and Smith all had two hits with Gresh scoring twice and driving in a pair and Smith scoring two times. Steve Bearardi took the loss for Ursinus on the hill and drops to 0-1 as he went three-plus innings.
In game one, the Shoremen scored three times to take a 3-0 lead. Washington got its first two on a throwing error by Ursinus that allowed Jardot and Mahaffey to come home and put the hosts up 2-0. Rolewicz hit a sacrifice fly to score Connole for the third run.
Normoyle singled to left-center to chase home Connole and Mahaffey to make it 5-0 WC in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Ursinus scored three times in the sixth with the help of three Washington errors. Smith scored the first run on a fielding error to cut it to 5-1. Gresh then doubled to right field to score both Sullivan and Argentine to cut the Shoremen lead to two runs. But junior pitcher Shane Mattingly (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) struck out two of the next three hitters to escape further damage. Mattingly held the Bears scoreless in the seventh to end the game and give the hosts the win in the opener.
Connole was a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate with two runs scored in game one, while Normoyle was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Mattingly got the win and is now 3-2. He struck out nine and did not allow an earned run while scattering three hits.
For the Bears, Gresh went 2-for-3 with two RBI. On the mound, Steve Christakos took the loss and drops to 3-4. He went 4.1 innings on the day.
Washington returns to action tomorrow afternoon with a 3:00 p.m. road Centennial Conference game at McDaniel in Westminster, MD to complete a home-and-home series.