Shoremen Down Garnet, 4-1
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Sophomore pitcher Dan Jarrell (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) tossed a complete game three-hitter to go the distance for the first time in his career as host Washington College down visiting Swarthmore, 4-1, on Tuesday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park in a Centennial Conference baseball contest. The Shoremen improve to 12-11 overall and 3-4 in the Centennial, while the Garnet fall to 13-10 and 2-5 respectively.
Washington got onto the board in the bottom of the first inning when senior shortstop Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge) singled up the middle to plate junior outfielder Scott Matthews (Goshen, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) after Matthews led off the game with a triple to right field.
Swarthmore tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the third inning when Ryan Burnett doubled to right with two outs to score Roy Walker all the way from first base.
The Shoremen took the lead for good with a two-run last of the fifth. With nobody out, Matthews hit a sacrifice fly to right field to plate sophomore third baseman Garrett Richardello (Coventry, Conn./East Catholic), who had reached on an error to lead off the inning to make it 2-1. With two outs, junior first baseman Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) singled to center to score Marinelli to give WC a 3-1 lead after five.
WC tacked on an insurance run in the last of the eighth with one away when freshman Michael Acampora (North Haven, Conn./North Haven) doubled to right-center to score sophomore outfielder Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park).
In the top of the ninth, Swarthmore got a two-out single by Nicko Burnett, but Jarrell got Oscar Leong to pop out to junior second baseman Brian Alexa (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) in shallow right-center to end the game.
Jarrell, who retired the side in order five times, allowed only three hits, one run, walked two and struck out three in improving to 3-2 on the year. At the plate, Baquer and senior outfielder Pat Kinsella (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) each had two hits as the Shoremen had eight hits in the win.
Henry Cappel took the loss for Swarthmore and drops to 2-1. He went six innings, giving up six hits, three runs, one earned, walked two and fanned nine. Reliever Matt Bartuch went the final two innings, allowing two hits and one run.
The two teams will complete the home-and-home series on Friday when the two teams play at Swarthmore beginning at 3:30 p.m.