Matthews Records Two Hits
SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Host Swarthmore scored all of its nine runs in the third (three runs) and fourth (six runs) innings to down visiting Washington College, 9-3, at Clothier Field in a Centennial Conference baseball game on Friday afternoon. The Garnet improves to 14-11 overall and 3-5 in the Centennial, while the Shoremen drop to 12-12 and 3-5 respectively.
Washington took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when with two outs, junior first baseman Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) doubled down the left field line to drive home sophomore outfielder Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park) after Baquer kept the frame alive with a two-out two-bagger to left.
The hosts scored three times in the bottom of the third to grab a two-run lead. Swarthmore would even the game when Ryan Burnett singled to right to chase home Zach Powell with one out. The Garnet took their first lead of the game when with two outs, Nicko Burnett had two-run single through the left side to score both Cody Ruben and Ryan Burnett to give Swarthmore a 3-1 lead after three innings.
In the last of the fourth, Swarthmore put a six-spot on the scoreboard to take a 9-1 lead. Scoop Ruxin hit a leadoff triple and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Oscar Leong to put the Garnet ahead 4-1. Swarthmore scored five more times in the fourth with the help of three straight errors by the Shoremen with two outs to grab a 7-1 lead. Danny McMahon and Powell scored on the third error to make it 6-1 and Ruben scored on a base hit by Ryan Burnett to give the Garnet a six-run lead. Ryan Burnett scored on another run scoring hit up the middle by Nicko Burnett to make it 8-1 and Ruxin singled through the left side to score John Lim to cap the six-run frame.
The Shoremen got two runs back in the top half of the fifth to trim the deficit to 9-3. Junior second baseman Brian Alexa (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) scored on a triple to left-center by junior outfielder Scott Matthews (Goshen, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) with nobody out for the first run and Matthews scored on an error to cut the hosts' lead to six runs.
For the Garnet, Ryan Burnett went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Nicko Burnett was 2-for-4 with three runs batted in. Ruxin had a pair of hits, while Powell and Ruben each scored twice. Swarthmore had 10 hits in the win. On the mound, Luke Alventosa got the win as he went six innings, giving up five hits, three runs, one earned, two walks and striking out three. He is now 3-1 on the year. Alventosa gave way to Nathan Booth who tossed the last three innings of the game to notch his first save of the year as he gave up just one hit. He struck out three and walked one.
For the Shoremen, Matthews went 2-for-4 with a double and triple in the contest as the guests had six hits. On the hill, freshman pitcher Billy Griffin (Middletown, Md./Middletown) took the loss and falls to 1-1. He went 3 2/3 innings, giving up all nine runs, but only four were earned as three errors led to five unearned runs. He struck out two and surrendered eight hits.
Both teams had three errors in the game and led to five unearned runs for Swarthmore and two for Washington.
The Shoremen are back on the field tomorrow afternoon when they host Gettysburg for a conference twinbill beginning at 12:30 p.m.