Shoremen Get Two Complete Games To Notch Two Victories
GETTYSBURG, PA –Washington College got complete game wins from junior pitcher Shane Mattingly (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) in game one and sophomore pitcher Kyle Aldrich (Warren, NJ/Watchung Hills Regional) in game two as the Shoremen earned two Centennial Conference baseball wins against host Gettysburg on Sunday afternoon at Kirchhoff Field. Washington won 4-1 in game one and captured a 2-0 victory in game two. The Shoremen are now 15-10 overall and 6-3 in the conference, while the Bullets are 8-16 and 2-7 respectively. It is Washington's first sweep of Gettysburg since 2002, in a year where the Shoremen won all three games with the Bullets.
Washington wasted little time in game one getting on the board as they scored three times to take a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Junior Ryan Normoyle (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) drove in the first run on a single up the middle and plated sophomore Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) to put the guests up 1-0. On the same play, an throwing error by the Bullets scored freshman Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) to make it 2-0 WC. Normoyle would score on a double to left-center off the bat of sophomore Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) to put the Shoremen up three runs.
In the top of the seventh, the Shoremen tacked on a single run when junior John Rolewicz (Bear, DE/Salesianum) singled to right-center with two away to allow Marinelli to cross the plate and make it a 4-0 game for the visitors.
The Bullets bats finally came alive in the bottom of the seventh after being held to just one hit over the first six innings. Chris Simard led off the frame with a single to left-center and moved up to second on a base hit up the middle by Nate Simon. Simard and Simon each moved up 90 feet on a single to left by Matt Karis and Simard would score the hosts first run on a fielding error by the Shoremen and the tying run was at the plate with nobody out. However, the hosts would get no closer as Mattingly would retire the next three batters and finished off the complete game effort by striking out Alex Freeman on three pitches to give the Shoremen the game one triumph.
Mattingly tossed his third conference complete game of the season and recorded the win to improve to 4-2 on the year. He retired the first 11 Bullets in the game before allowing a two-out single through the right side by Simon in the bottom of the fourth inning. He struck out eight, scattered four hits, allowed no walks and did not surrender an earned run. In 21 innings this season in Centennial contests, he has not allowed an earned run.
Marinelli sparked the 12-hit Washington attack with a 3-for-4 performance at the dish and scored two times. Normoyle, Rolewicz and freshman Jon Mahaffey (Sykesville, MD/Century) all had two hits in the victory with Normoyle and Rolewicz each driving in a run.
For Gettysburg, Simon had two of the team's four hits in the opener. On the mound, Karis took the loss and drops to 2-4. He struck out five and allowed three earned runs in tossing a complete game.
In game two, the Shoremen broke the ice with two runs in the top of the third. Rolewicz doubled to right-center to drive in Marinelli for the first run and Normoyle crossed home plate on an infield single to second base off the bat of junior Dwight Wilcox (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) on a play where the umpire ruled that Simard had trapped the ball on his charging effort to catch the ball. It would be the only runs of the nightcap.
The Bullets got their first hit of second game in the bottom of the sixth on a leadoff single to right by Tommy LeNoir and had runners on second base and third base with two outs, but Aldrich got Simon to ground out to himself to quelch the rally.
In the last of the ninth for Gettysburg, Simard led off the frame with a single to right field, but Aldrich induced a ground ball double play to shortstop-to-second-to-first off the bat of Simon. Aldrich would walk the next batter Karis to bring up the tying run to the plate in Pat Cody, but Aldrich got Cody to ground out to Marinelli at second for the final out of the doubleheader and gave Washington two wins on the afternoon.
Aldrich went to 3-2 on the year with the victory. He struck out five and gave up just two hits in going the distance for the second time this year and tossing his first career shutout. At the plate, Normoyle and Rolewicz each had two hits.
Ryan Taylor took the loss for Gettysburg and drops to 3-3. He tossed a complete game also, striking out 10 and giving up just six hits and two runs.
Washington returns to action tomorrow afternoon with a 3:30 p.m. game against visiting Swarthmore in Centennial Conference action at Athey Baseball Park.