Richardello Drives In Career-High Four RBI In Game One Triumph
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Washington College baseball team opened up its 2015 season at the Ripken Experience with a non-conference doubleheader sweep of College of Staten Island on Sunday afternoon at Ebbets Field. WC downed CSI 14-1 in game one and took game two by a 6-1 score. The Shoremen are 2-0 on the season, while the Dolphins fall to 2-2.
The Shoremen won their first games of the season for the first time since 2009 when the squad opened with three wins to begin the season. The victories were also the first two career victories as a head coach for first-year Washington skipper Matt Reynolds.
In game one, The Dolphins scored a run in the top half of the first inning when with one away Joe Palmeri hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield that scored Nick Delprete to give CSI a 1-0 lead.
The Shoremen would post a four spot in the bottom of the second inning after the first two batters were retired to take a 4-1 lead. Sophomore Evan Hirschbaum (Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) tied the game on a triple to center to drove home freshman Wes Robertson (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) who started the rally with a single to right field. Hirschbaum would score on a base hit to left off the bat of junior third baseman Garrett Richardello (Coventry, Conn./East Catholic) to put WC ahead 2-1 and two batters later Richardello would dent the dish on a base hit to right by senior Brian Alexa (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) to give the Shoremen a two-run lead. The four-run rally was capped by a single to right by sophomore Logan Dubbé (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) that scored freshman Joe Lozupone (Olney, Md./Good Counsel).
Washington added three more runs in the last of the third to push the lead to 7-1. Richardello plated a pair on a triple to left-center that score both freshman Ryan Donnelly (Novi, Mich./Brother Rice) and Robertson. Richardello would come around to score on a Lozupone single to left.
The Shoremen added five runs in the last of the fourth and plated two more in the bottom of the fifth to provide the final margin.
At the plate, Richardello had a career-high and game-best four RBI and went 3-for-4 from the plate with three runs scored. Robertson was 3-for-4 with a game-high four runs scored, while Lozupone was a perfect 3-for-3 at the dish. Alexa and sophomore Charlie Meder (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) each had two hits, while Alexa, DiPaola and Donnelly each drove in two. Washington had 18 hits in the win with DiPaola and Donnelly each hitting a two-run home run. On the mound, sophomore pitcher Billy Griffin (Middletown, Md./Middletown) got the win to improve to 1-0 as he gave up just one run on three with hits with a pair of strikeouts in five innings. He gave way to freshman pitcher Sean Weiss (Cheltenham, Pa./Germantown Academy) who struck out three and did not surrender a hit in two innings.
Delprete had two of the Dolphins three hits in the game. Taking the loss for the College of Staten Island was Christian Capellan and he falls to 0-1.
In game two, the Shoremen got onto the board in the top half of the second with zero outs when Donnelly hit a sac fly to center to plate Meder to give Washington a 1-0 lead. In the bottom half of the second, Staten Island evened the score when Greg Manassa doubled in Frank Muzzio with nobody out.
The Shoremen would retake the lead with a five-run top of the sixth with four of the runs coming with two away. Junior Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park) came home on a wild pitch with nobody out to make it 2-1. After the next two hitters were retired, Meder came home on an base hit to second base by Richardello to make it 3-1 and Lozupone then hit a two-bagger down the left field line to send in Donnelly to push the lead to three runs. Alexa capped the inning with a two-run double to right-center to chase home both Richardello and Lozupone to give the Shoremen a 6-1 cushion.
Alexa and Lozupone each had two hits while Alexa drove in a pair of runs as WC had nine hits in the victory. On the mound, freshman pitcher Brian Kasey (Wilmington, Del./Alexis I. du Pont) got the win to improve to 1-0. He went five innings, scattering eight hits and allowing just one run. He walked and struck out two each. He gave way to freshman pitcher Nick Popolizio (Collegeville, Pa./Germantown Academy) who tossed two hitless innings and fanned one Dolphin.
For CSI, Muzzio was a perfect 3-for-3 and scored Staten Island's lone run. The Dolphins pounded out eight hits in the second game. On the mound, Ryan Kennedy took the loss and drops to 0-1. He went five-plus innings, giving up four of the six runs, all earned, on six hits. He walked three and struck out one.
The Shoremen play again at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning against Mount Aloysius at the Ripken Experience.