Acampora Tallies Three Hits and Plates Two For Shoremen
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Host Gallaudet snapped a 4-4 tie with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to record an 8-4 win over visiting Washington College on Monday afternoon at Hoy Field in a non-conference baseball contest. The Bison improve to 24-13 on the year, while the Shoremen fall to 16-20.
The Shoremen scored twice in the top of the first inning when sophomore outfielder Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park) singled to left with nobody out to score both junior outfielder Scott Matthews (Goshen, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) and senior shortstop Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge).
The Bison took their first lead of the game with a four-run rally in the bottom of the fourth with two outs when Marcus Smith launched a grand slam home run to left to score Chris Guinn, Blake Phillips and Zack Crawford to put Gallaudet ahead 4-2.
Washington responded with two runs in the top of the sixth to even the game at 4-4 on a two-out, two-run homer by freshman catcher Michael Acampora (North Haven, Conn./North Haven) to left to also score Baquer.
Gallaudet broke the tie with a four-run last of the eighth. William Bissell put the Bison back in front at 5-4 with a one-out sacrifice fly to right to score Crawford. The next batter with two outs, Justin Strong doubled to left to chase home both JJ Klein and Smith to push the lead to three runs. The run scoring was capped when Strong scored on a throwing error to make it 8-4.
Smith sparked the 11-hit Gallaudet attack with a 3-for-3, four RBI and two runs scored performance, while Strong went 2-for-5 with two RBI. Guinn and Mitchell Bensman each had two hits in the win. On the hill, Smith went the entire way to improve to 3-1. He scattered nine hits, gave up four earned runs, walking two and striking out four.
For Washington, Acampora went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Baquer went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI as the team had nine hits. Matthews also had two hits for Washington. On the mound, sophomore pitcher Sam McGovern (Middletown, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) took the loss and drops to 2-4 as he pitched the last two innings. The Shoremen committed both errors in the contest and led to one unearned run for the Bison.
The Shoremen are slated to host St. Mary's (Md.) in the season finale tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.