Aldrich Allows Just One Run In 6 1/3 Innings
BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins' Adam Weiner hit a walk-off home run over the fence in left-center in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the host Blue Jays to a 3-2 comeback win over visiting Washington College on Friday afternoon in Centennial Conference baseball action at JHU Baseball Diamond. The Blue Jays improve to 22-10-2 overall and 12-2 in conference action, while the Shoremen drop to 23-8 and 8-6 respectively.
Weiner's home run on a 2-1 pitch completed the comeback as the Blue Jays scored one run each in the last of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to erase a 2-0 deficit.
The Shoremen struck for two unearned runs in the top of the second inning to grab a 2-0 lead. Junior Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) scored on a base hit to left field off the bat of freshman Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) for the game's first run. The second run of the frame was an RBI groundout to third base by freshman Matt Christopher (Kennett Square, PA/Unionville) that scored sophomore Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge).
Ryan Zakszeski led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a home run to left field to cut the lead to 2-1. The Blue Jays got runners on second and third with one out and Washington senior pitcher Steve Cameron (Laurel, MD/Reservoir) came in to relieve starting junior pitcher Kyle Aldrich (Warren, NJ/Watchung Hill Regional). Cameron got a pair of groundouts to keep the runners from scoring and kept the Shoremen in the lead.
In the last of the eighth, Zakszeski doubled to right-center with two outs to score Rich Carbone from first to tie the game at 2-2. Carbone had worked out a walk the at-bat prior. The score would hold up until one out in the bottom of the ninth.
Zakszeski and Weiner spearheaded the Blue Jays' attack as they both went 2-for-4 with the former driving in two runs and the latter plating one run. The two combined for four of the team's eight hits. On the mound, Alex Eliopoulous got the win and improves to 7-0. He went the distance, allowing three hits, no earned runs, walking two and striking out five.
For Washington, sophomore pitcher AJ Schmalfuhs (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) took the loss and drops to 0-1. He pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and gave up the tying and winning run. Aldrich went 6 1/3 innings, giving up just six hits and one earned run.
The Shoremen will host Dickinson tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. in a Centennial Conference doubleheader in the team's regular season home finale.