Mules Hold Off Shoremen, 8-5

Mules Hold Off Shoremen, 8-5

Matthews Records 100th Career Hit In Ninth Inning

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Host Muhlenberg raced out to an 8-1 lead and held off a Washington College rally to record an 8-5 win at Cedarcreek Field in a Centennial Conference baseball game on Sunday afternoon.  The Mules improve to 10-10 overall and 3-2 in the Centennial, while the Shoremen fall to 11-11 and 2-4 respectively.

Muhlenberg would score twice in the bottom half of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead.  John Icaza scored the game's first run on a one out groundout to third off the bat of Nick Kennedy and Nick Plinio worked out a bases loaded walk with two away to score John Scuderi for the frame's final run.

Scuderi made it 3-0 in the last of the third when he scored on a two out infield single to shortstop off the bat of Robbie Hopes.

The hosts blew the game open with a five spot in the bottom half of the fourth.  Brett Rosen started the inning with a leadoff home run to left to make it 4-0 and Danny Usewick scored on a base hit to right by Jimmy Cody to make it 5-0 with nobody out.  The Mules made it 7-0 when Scuderi singled up the middle to plate both Icaza and Cody and with two away Scuderi scored when Rosen was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Washington got onto the board in the top of the fifth on a one out sacrifice fly off the bat of sophomore outfielder Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park) to plate senior shortstop Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge)

The Shoremen got two runs back in the top of the eighth when freshman catcher Michael Acampora (North Haven, Conn./North Haven) hit his first career home run on a two-run blast to also score Baquer with two away.

In the top of the ninth with one out, junior outfielder Scott Matthews (Goshen, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) joined the 100-hit club for the Shoremen with a base hit to right field.  Two batters later, Baquer plated Marinelli and Matthews with one out in the top of the ninth on a double to left to cut the lead to 8-5 and put the tying run at the plate.  However, Muhlenberg pitcher got Phillip Balseca got the two batters he faced to end the game on a line out off the bat of freshman catcher Michael Mann (Old Lyme, Conn./Lyme-Old Lyme) and a strikeout looking against senior outfielder Pat Kinsella (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) to end the game for his second save of the year.

Scuderi went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI for the Mules in the win.  Rosen drove in two runs, while Icaza scored twice in the game.  On the mound, Matthew Lawsky went eight innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits.  He walked none and struck out four to earn the win and improve to 3-2.

For Washington, Baquer was 3-for-5 with three RBI and Acampora had two RBI.  Marinelli was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  On the mound, junior pitcher Michael Long (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) took the loss to fall to 2-2.

The Shoremen return to action tomorrow afternoon when they head to the Nation's Capital to play Gallaudet at 3:30 p.m.