Aldrich Becomes 17th Pitcher In WC History To Strike Out 100 Batters
WESTMINSTER, MD – Sophomore Scott Matthews (Goshen, NY/Don Bosco Prep (NJ) registered a career-best five RBI, and tied his personal-high with three hits, and senior pitcher Kyle Aldrich (Warren, NJ/Watchung Hills Regional) became the 17th pitcher in Washington College history to record 100 strikeouts as visiting Washington College never trailed en route to a 7-4 win over host McDaniel in a Centennial Conference baseball game on Friday afternoon at Preston Field. The Shoremen improve to 11-12 overall, while the Green Terror drops to 13-9. Both teams are 2-2 in Centennial play.
Washington got the bats going quickly with a three-run top of the first inning. With one out, Matthews tripled to left field to plate senior Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) and junior Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) to put the Shoremen ahead 2-0 and Matthews came home on a sacrifice fly by senior Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) for the third and last run of the frame.
The Green Terror got on the board in the last of the second when with nobody out, Marshall Betts came around to score on a fielding error to trim the Shoremen lead to 3-1. Joe Fiore with one away came home on a single to right off the bat of Marty Windisch to cut the lead to 3-2.
Matthews plated two more runs in the top of the third with one away as he singled up the middle to knock in Marinelli and freshman Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, VA/Osbourn Park) to put the visitors ahead 5-2. The Green Terror got one run back in the last half of the third when Tyler Jackow scored on a one-out single to right-center by Cameron Bahr to cut the lead to 5-3. Aldrich closed out the last of the third inning with his 100th career strikeout as he got Fiore to go down looking.
Washington scored in the top of the fourth when with one away, Connole drove in freshman Brian Quadrino (Smithtown, NY/Smithtown East) on an RBI groundout to put WC up 6-3.
McDaniel had the first four batters reach base on singles in the last of the fourth and loaded the bases with nobody out with a run scored as Chad Nazelrod scored on a Jonathan McKinney single through the right side to trim the lead to 6-4. But Aldrich got the first two outs at home plate on a pair of fielder's choices and a groundout to shortstop to keep the damage to just one run as McDaniel left the bases loaded.
The Shoremen in the top of the ninth tacked on a two-out run when Matthews drove in his fifth run of the game to score Baquer to make it 7-4 and provided the final margin. In the bottom of the ninth, the last at bat of the game, McDaniel's Marshall Betts hit a high chopper off the mound that Marinelli field and threw Betts out at first to end the contest.
In addition to Matthews, Baquer was 2-for-5 with two runs and Marinelli scored twice. The Shoremen had nine hits in the victory. On the hill, Aldrich got the victory and is now 3-2 on the year. He scattered 13 hits, allowed four runs, three earned, walked three and struck out four. In addition to becoming the 17th Washington pitcher to strikeout 100 career hitters with the four punchouts, he became the 17th Centennial Conference left-handed pitcher to strike out 100 career batters. He went eight innings before giving way to freshman pitcher Pete Breslauer (Mountain Lakes, NJ/Mountain Lakes) who allowed one runner to reach in the ninth on a walk with two away, but finished the job to record his second save of the year.
For McDaniel, which had 13 hits in the loss, Windisch went 3-for-4 on the afternoon. Bahr and Nazelrod each had two hits as all nine Green Terror starting hitters had at least one hit in the game. On the mound, Zack Kronick took the loss and falls to 1-2. He gave up six of the seven runs in three innings. The McDaniel bullpen allowed just one run in the last six frames.
Washington avenged a 9-0 loss in Chestertown on Tuesday to McDaniel and the two teams split the home and home series for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
Washington hosts Ursinus in a Centennial Conference doubleheader tomorrow afternoon beginning at 12:30 p.m.