Eliminated With Loss In Game Two
CARLISLE, PA – Visiting Washington College needed a sweep of host Dickinson to keep its 2011 Centennial Conference Baseball Tournament hopes alive, but could only manage a split of a doubleheader this afternoon and were eliminated from playoff contention. The Shoremen won the first game, 7-4, but fell to the Red Devils in game two, 3-1, in Centennial Conference baseball action on Monday afternoon at MacPhail Field. Washington is now 17-16 overall and 8-9 in conference play, while Dickinson is now 19-15 and 6-11 respectively. The Shoremen were hoping to reach the tournament for the second consecutive season.
In the top of the seventh inning of game one, Washington sent 12 hitters to the plate and scored six times to snap a 1-1 tie and grab a 7-1 lead. With runners on second and third with one out, Red Devils' pitcher Evan Fitzpartick would walk junior Ryan Normoyle (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) intentionally to load the bases. The next batter, junior John Rolewicz (Bear, DE/Salesianum) made Dickinson pay for walking Normoyle with a one-out, two-run single down the left field line to score freshmen Mike Love (Woodstown, NJ/Woodstown) and Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) to put the Shoremen up 3-1. After junior Dwight Wilcox (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) was hit by a pitch to re-load the bases, Fitzpatrick walked junior Ben Jardot (McLean, VA/Flint Hill School) to force in Normoyle to make it 4-1. Sophomore Joe Willis (Mullica Hill, NJ/Kingsway Regional) drove in a Rolewicz and Wilcox to make it 6-1. With two outs, Jardot scored on a wild pitch to give the guests a six-run lead at 7-1 and close out the scoring.
The Red Devils would not go down quietly though in the bottom of the seventh as they scored three times before their rally came up short. Tyler Rosa led off the frame for Dickinson with his third home run of the year to right field to cut the lead to 7-2. The next three Red Devils all reached base and Washington replaced sophomore pitcher Joe Kearney-Argow (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) with junior hurler Hunter Draheim (Hollywood, MD/Leonardtown). Bart Marchant hit into a fielder's choice to drive in Garrett Horan to cut it to 7-3. With one out and runners on the corners, Andrew Sterling grounded out to first base for the second out, but Ben Sciambi scored to trim the guests' lead to 7-4. Mike Schuster would walk to put runners on first and second and sent Evan Hennessy to the plate as the tying run. But Draheim got Hennessy to ground out to Normoyle at shortstop, who tossed the ball to Marinelli at second to force Schuster for the final out of the game and gave WC the win in the opener of the twin bill.
Marchant put the Red Devils on the board in the last of the third on a sacrifice fly by Mike Schuster. On the play, sophomore Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) made a diving grab to prevent Schuster from reaching base.
In the top of the fourth, Wilcox scored on a fielding error to tie the contest 1-1. The Shoremen had the go ahead run at third base with two outs in the top of the fifth, but the runner was left stranded. The score would remain tied until the seventh.
Kearney-Argow gets the win on the mound for WC and improves to 4-4 on the year. He went six-plus innings, giving up all four runs, three earned. He allowed six hits and walked just two batters. Draheim got the final three outs for his second save of the year. At the plate, Normoyle went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Rolewicz and Willis each drove in two runs, while Wilcox scored twice.
For Dickinson, Rosa went 2-for-3 on the day, with one of his two hits being a home run. On the hill, Fitzpatrick took the loss and drops to 4-3. He went the distance, giving up seven runs, six earned. He allowed eight hits, walked eight and struck out eight.
In game two, the Shoremen got on the board in the top of the first when Connole scored on an RBI groundout to shortstop off the bat of Rolewicz to put WC up 1-0.
The Red Devils scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to grab a 2-1 lead. Jordan Kaufman's sacrifice fly to center scored Horan to level the score 1-1. A Matt Tuneski groundout scored Rosa to give the hosts a one-run lead after four.
Two frames later, Dickinson took a 3-1 lead when with two outs, Tuneski notched his second RBI of the second game on a single through the right side that plated Rosa from third. The Red Devils looked to extend their lead with two outs, but Love made a running grab off the bat of Marchant to prevent a pair of runs from scoring and kept the hosts' lead to just two runs.
The Shoremen had runners on first and second with one out in the top of the seventh and Dickinson replaced starting pitcher Matt Vidal with pitcher Ryan Kramer. Kramer got a strikeout for the second out and got Normoyle to fly out to left to end the rally.
In the top of the ninth, the Shoremen had the tying run at the plate with one out, but Kramer got Connole to hit into a shortstop-to-second-to-first double play to end the game and end the playoff hopes of Washington.
For Dickinson in game two, Tuneski had two hits and two RBI in the win. On the mound, Vidal got the win and is now 2-1 on the year. He went 6 1/3 innings, giving up just six hits and one run. Kramer tossed the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing only one hit and striking out two to record his first save of the year.
Normoyle had two hits for WC in the nightcap. He now has 52 hits on the season. While the college does not maintain an official single-season hits record due to missing data, his total this season is the highest over at least the past three decades.
Pitching wise, freshman pitcher Brian Lewis (Ellicott City, MD/Mount Hebron) took the loss and drops to 0-1. In his first start of the year, he went 5 2/3 innings, giving up all three runs and six hits.
Washington returns to action tomorrow afternoon with a 3:30 p.m. game against visiting Johns Hopkins in Centennial Conference action to conclude the conference slate.