Matthews Scores Five Times; Baquer Goes 3-For-4 With Four RBI and Three Runs and Alexa With Personal-Highs of Four RBI and Three Hits
ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Visting Washington College scored in every inning en route to a rain shortened 12-7 six-inning win over host Muhlenberg at Cedarcreek Field on Saturday in a Centennial Conference baseball doubleheader. The Shoremen improve to 10-7 overall and 1-0 in the Centennial, while the Mules drop to 7-9 and 0-1 respectively.
The Shoremen and Mules were scheduled to play a doubleheader, but the rain ended the first game three innings early and wiped out the second game. The second game will be made up on Sunday, April 6 in Allentown at a time to be determined.
Washington scored twice in the top of the first inning to grab a quick 2-0 lead. With one out, junior first baseman Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) singled through the left side to plate junior centerfielder Scott Matthews (Goshen, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) for the game's first run. Sophomore left fielder Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park) came home on an infield single to shortstop by junior second baseman Brian Alexa (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) to give the Shoremen a two-run lead.
With two outs in the top of the second, Baquer roped a double to right to plate both Matthews and senior shortstop Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) to make it 4-0. In the top of the third, freshman right fielder Charlie Meder (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) scored on a sacrifice bunt by freshman catcher Michael Acampora (North Haven, Conn./North Haven) with nobody out to take a 5-0 lead.
Muhlenberg got two runs in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, John Scuderi singled to left to drive in Kurt Johnson to cut it to 5-1 and two hitters later, Scuderi scored on a two-base hit off the bat of Max Litvack to trim the lead to 5-2.
Washington responded with two runs in the top of the fourth to grab a 7-2 lead. Baquer singled to center to plate Matthews to make it 6-2 with one away and with two outs, Alexa singled to right-center to drive in Baquer to restore the five-run lead. Muhlenberg got one back in the last of the fourth on a sacrifice fly with one away by Scuderi to plate Danny Usewick to cut the guests' lead to 7-3.
Washington scored four times in the top of the fifth using three straight run scoring hits with Alexa capping the streak with a two-run double to right field to plate both Thomas and Meder who had the prior two run-scoring hits to lead 11-3. The Shoremen made it 12-3 with one run in the top of the sixth before the Mules scored four times in the last of the sixth to cut the lead to 12-7 before the rains put a halt to the contest.
Baquer led the 12-hit attack with a 3-for-4, four RBI and three runs scored performance. Alexa notched career-highs of four RBI, three hits and four total bases. Matthews scored five runs, the most since Zachary Huba '07 scored five times versus Swarthmore on April 14, 2006. Thomas and Meder both went 2-for-4 with Meder scoring twice and Thomas plating a pair. On the mound, senior pitcher Tom Fiala (New Hope, Pa./New Hope-Solebury) got the win to go to 1-0.
Scuderi went 2-for-3 with three RBI for the Mules as the hosts had eight hits in the game. Johnson and Usewick scored twice each for Muhlenberg. Christian Ferlan took the loss on the mound and falls to 1-4 on the year.
Washington seeks its fourth straight win when it returns to the diamond on Tuesday afternoon in conference game at McDaniel. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.