Wilcox Hits Three-Run Homer For WC
CHESTERTOWN, MD – Visiting Swarthmore scored five runs in the top of third inning to turn a 4-1 deficit into a 6-4 lead en route to a 13-4 win against host Washington College on Monday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park in Centennial Conference baseball action. The Garnet improve to 16-8 overall and 7-3 in Centennial play, while the Shoremen drop to 15-11 and 6-4 respectively.
The Garnet scored first in the top of the second when Niko Burnett scored on a wild pitch to give Swarthmore a 1-0 lead. The Shoremen in the bottom half of the second scored four times to grab a 4-1 lead. Junior Dwight Wilcox (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) launched his second home run of the year, both coming against Swarthmore, over the left field wall for a three-run shot to put WC up 3-1. With two away, sophomore Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) doubled to centerfield, chasing in freshman Jon Mahaffey (Sykesville, MD/Century) to give the Shoremen a three-run lead.
Swarthmore scored five times in the top of the third to take the lead for good at 6-4. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Burnett doubled to right-center and that scored Rory McTear and Mike Waterhouse to cut the Washington lead to 4-3. Mike Cameron scored on an RBI groundout to second base off the bat of Spencer Ross to level the game at 4-4. The Garnet would go up for good when Burnett scored on a squeeze play off the bat of Thomas Nakamura and that gave the visitors a 5-4 lead. Tim Kwilos doubled to left-center to send home Matt Lamb to cap the scoring in the inning and give the guests a two-run lead.
The Garnet scored four times in the top of the sixth inning to take a 10-4 lead, which was finished off on a two-run home run to center by Cameron. Swarthmore scored twice in the top of the seventh and once in the top of the eighth to provide the final margin.
McTear, Cameron and Burnett all had three hits in the win, while Cameron scored three times. McTear and Burnett both had three RBI in the win, while McTear, Waterhouse and Burnett scored twice. On the mound, Neil Mejia tossed a complete game victory to improve to 2-1. He struck out six and gave up six hits.
For Washington, Wilcox had three RBI and Connole had two hits. On the mound, sophomore pitcher Joe Kearney-Argow (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) took the loss and falls to 2-3.
Washington returns to action tomorrow afternoon with a 3:30 p.m. conference game at Franklin & Marshall.