B. Griffin Allows Just One Earned Run In 7 2/3 Innings; Meder 3-For-3 With Two Runs Scored
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting McDaniel scored five runs with two outs in the top of the eighth inning to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 6-3 lead en route to a 6-4 victory over host Washington College on Friday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park in a Centennial Conference baseball game. The Green Terror improves to 7-10 overall and 1-1 in the conference, while the Shoremen drop to 11-8 and 2-1 respectively. WC had its four-game winning streak snapped with the loss.
Each team scored one run in the third inning. McDaniel got on the board in the top half of the frame when Andrew Hofmeister scored on a one out RBI groundout by Sean Sivo. Washington tied it in its half when sophomore third baseman Garrett Richardello (Coventry, Conn./East Catholic) scored on a double play grounder.
In the bottom half of the sixth, the Shoremen put together a two-out rally after the first two were retired to plate a pair of runs to take a 3-1 lead on a two-run single through the left side by Richardello that scored both freshman outfielder Charlie Meder (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) and junior second baseman Brian Alexa (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel).
McDaniel took the lead for good with five runs after there were two outs in the top half of the eighth. With Hofmeister on second and Sivo on first, Marty Windisch launched a three-run home run over the fence in left field to make it 4-3. Three batters later, Joe Fiore smacked a two-run double off the centerfield fence to score both Nick Valori and Marshall Betts to cap the five-run outburst and give McDaniel a three-run lead.
Washington got one back in the bottom of the eighth when freshman catcher Michael Acampora (North Haven, Conn./North Haven) singled with two outs to drive home Meder. Shoremen had the tying run at home down 6-4 with Richardello at the plate, but McDaniel reliever Zach Kronick got Richardello to ground out to second to end the threat.
The Shoremen had the tying run at the plate with one out in the last of the ninth, but Kronick retired the last two batters of the game to end the game, getting the last out on a groundout to third base off the bat of sophomore outfielder Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park) to ground out to Windisch at third for the game's final out.
For the Green Terror, which had 10 hits in the win, Fiore went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI, while Windisch drove in three runs to lead all players. Hofmeister scored twice for McDaniel. On the mound, Jack Dowd got the win to go to 1-1 on the year as he went 7 2/3 innings, scattering 12 hits. He gave up all four runs, three earned, walking one and striking out two. Kronick got the final four outs to notch his first save of the campaign.
Meder was a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs scored for Washington as the hosts had 12 hits, all of which were singles. Richardello was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI for WC. On the mound, freshman pitcher Tom Griffin (Round Hill, Va./Woodgrove) took the loss and drops to 0-1 as he did not retire any of the five hitters he faced in the top of the eighth and gave up four earned runs. The starting pitcher, freshman Billy Griffin (Middletown, Md./Middletown) pitched 7 2/3 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits and fanned four.
The Shoremen travel to Ursinus tomorrow for a 12:30 p.m. Centennial Conference doubleheader.