Donnelly 3-For-4 With RBI
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting #16 Frostburg State raced out to a 6-0 lead after the second inning to record a 9-2 over host Washington College on Thursday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park in a non-conference baseball game between the Old Line State institutions. The Bobcats improve to 13-2, while the Shoremen drop to 5-3.
The Bobcats got onto the board in the top of the first inning when Ricky Castro scored on an infield base hit to shortstop off the bat of Zach Weiss. JT Tipton scored on a single through the right side by Ricky Brady to make it 2-0. With one away, Weiss came home on a wild pitch to push the Bobcats lead to three runs. The Bobcats made it 4-0 when with two away Connor Cooper singled through the left side to score Brady.
Weiss plated Castro once again in the top of the second on a one out groundout to shortstop to push the Frostburg State lead to 5-0 and with two away Nick Walker singled through the right side to plate Tipton to make it 6-0.
Castro scored in the top half of the seventh to extend the Frostburg State to 7-0 on a throwing error with nobody out. The Shoremen got two back in the last of the seventh to cut the lead to 7-2. Sophomore designated hitter Evan Hirschbaum (Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) scored on a no out two-bagger down the right field line by freshman left fielder Ryan Donnelly (Novi, Mich./Brother Rice) to get WC on the board. With two outs, freshman catcher Wes Robertson (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) scored on a balk to trim the Bobcats lead to 7-2.
The Bobcats scored a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to extend their lead to 9-2 to cap the scoring.
Castro scored three times and two hits in the win for the Bobcats, while Brady had two runs, two hits and two RBI as the guests churned out eight hits and worked out nine walks. On the mound, Jake Stephens got the win to improve to 1-0. He went six-plus innings, giving up two runs on four hits. He walked one and fanned five as the Bobcats pitchers struck out 12 Washington hitters.
Donnelly had three hits for the Shoremen to set a career-high in hits as the Shoremen had seven hits. On the mound, freshman pitcher Nick Popolizio (Collegeville, Pa./Germantown Academy) took the loss and drops to 0-1 as he went just two innings.
The Shoremen are back in action on Sunday in a doubleheader versus visiting D'Youville in non-conference action beginning at noon. The first game is seven innings and the second contest will be nine innings.