Big Fifth Inning Propels Shoremen Past Wildcats, 7-5

Big Fifth Inning Propels Shoremen Past Wildcats, 7-5

Shoremen Plate Six Runs in Decisive Frame

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The Washington College baseball team scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 7-5 win over Penn College this morning at the Ripken Experience's Crosley Field in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Shoremen improved to 4-1 this season with the win, while the Wildcats dropped to 1-5 with the loss. 

A one-out, three-run home run by Zach Weil in the top of the first gave the Wildcats an early 3-0 lead. 

The score remained 3-0 in favor of Penn College before the Shoremen ripped off their six-run bottom of the fifth. Junior Garrett Richardello (Coventry, Conn./East Catholic) led off the inning with a double to right center. After freshman Wes Robertson (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) walked, freshman Joe Lozupone (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) drove Richardello in with a single for the Shoremen's first run. Roberston then scored on a single by senior Brian Alexa (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel). Three batters later, senior Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) plated Lozupone and Alexa with a two-out single to give Washington a 4-3 lead. Freshman Ryan Donnelly (Novi, Mich./Brother Rice) followed with a two-out RBI triple and then scored on a single by sophomore Evan Hirschbaum (Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) to tack on Washington's fifth and sixth runs.

The Shoremen added another run in the bottom of the sixth on a two-out single to right field by  sophomore Charlie Meder (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe)

In the top of the seventh, the Wildcats got a pair of runs back as Vin Cumella drove in a run with an RBI ground out and Noah Esposito drove in another with a sacrifice fly to pull Penn College to within two runs at 7-5.

Sophomore Logan Dubbé (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg), who started the game in center field for the Shoremen, came on to pitch in the top of the eighth. After allowing back-to-back singles to open the frame, Dubbé got out of the name with a pair of strikeouts and a ground out to end the threat.

Dubbé hit Deric Ellerman with a pitch to open the top of the ninth, but then retired the next three batters in order as the Shoremen held on for the win.

Freshman P.J. Mikulus (Plainview, N.Y./Chaminade), who entered the game in the top of the fifth, got the win in relief for the Shoremen in his first career appearance, striking out all six batters he faced in his two innings of work. Dubbé's two innings of work earned him the save. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate in the game.  Hirschbaum, Richardello, and Lozupone each went 2-for-4 as well. Lozupone factored in three of the Shoremen's runs, driving in one and scoring two others. 

Weil (2-for-2) and James Scully III (2-for-3) each had multiple hits for the Wildcats. 

The Shoremen are scheduled to return to action Saturday with a 12:00 p.m. home double-header against Albertus Magnus.