Matthews With Two Hits In The Opener
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Host Ursinus swept a Centennial Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon from visiting Washington College at Thomas Field. The Bears took game one by a 7-4 score and took game two, 9-0. The Bears improve to 11-6 overall and 3-0 in the conference, while the Shoremen fall to 11-10 and 2-3 respectively.
The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning in game one when CJ Diana drove in Devyn Kerr on a two-out single to left field.
The Shoremen answered right back with two runs in the top half of the third to take a 2-1 lead. Sophomore third baseman Garrett Richardello (Coventry, Conn./East Catholic) scored on an infield single off the bat of sophomore outfielder Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park) as the ball hit the third base bag. The next batter, junior first baseman Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) singled to left to plate junior outfielder Scott Matthews (Goshen, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) for the frame's second run.
Ursinus countered in its half of the third scoring five times to take a 6-2 lead. The hosts loaded the bases with nobody out and Avery Perez ripped a two-run double to right field to chase home both Austin Feuerman and Chris Jablonski to take a 3-2 lead and Ralph Aurora scored from third on a wild pitch to give the hosts a two run lead. With one out, Jose Colon singled in Perez to make it 5-2 and James Hoff came home on a Diana sacrifice fly to right to cap the scoring and the Bears a four run cushion.
Washington got two runs back in the top half of the sixth when Matthews drilled a two-run triple to centerfield to score both junior second baseman Brian Alexa (Sliver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) and freshman catcher Michael Mann (Old Lyme, Conn./Lyme-Old Lyme) to trim the Ursinus lead to 6-4. But the Bears got the lead back to three runs in the last of the seventh when Kerr scored on an infield single to second off the bat of Diana to make it 7-4 and cap the scoring.
For the Bears, Diana went 2-for-3 with three RBI, while Perez went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI as Ursinus churned out seven hits. The Bears worked out five walks and were also plunked by five pitches. On the hill, Vince Piccioni improved to 4-0 on the season as he went seven innings. He gave up four runs, scattered 11 hits, walked none and struck out four before giving way to Steve Berardi who pitched two flawless innings and fanned three to notch his second save of the season.
For Washington, Matthews went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI as the team had 11 hits. Alexa and Baquer also had two hits for the Shoremen. On the mound, sophomore pitcher Sam McGovern (Middletown, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) took the loss to drop to 2-3 as he last just two-plus innings and gave up six earned runs.
In game two, the Bears scored four times in the bottom of the first inning to take a 4-0 lead. Feurerman doubled to right to score Josh Schnell for the game's opening run and Feuerman came around to score on a Jablonski double to center to take give the Bears a 2-0 lead. Jablonski scored on a two-bagger to right to drive in Jablonski for a three-run lead and Aurora capped the scoring when he scored on a base hit by Austin Kurey.
Ursinus added a run in the fourth inning and scored four times in the sixth to cap the scoring.
For the Bears in game two, Schnell went 2-for-4 with two runs scored as the hosts had 10 hits. Aurora and Jablonski each scored twice, while Kurey had a pair of hits. On the hill, Alex Manacher went the entire way as he allowed only three hits, walked one and struck out seven en route to the complete game shutout to improve to 2-1 on the year.
For Washington, freshman pitcher Tom Mattaini (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) took the loss and drops to 1-2 as he did not make it out of the first inning as all four batters he faced ended up scoring.
Washington is back on the diamond tomorrow with a 1:30 Centennial Conference game at Muhlenberg to complete the two-game series that only got one game in on March 29 due to rain.