Meder Socks First Career Home Run In Opener
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College swept a non-conference baseball doubleheader from visiting D'Youville on Sunday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park. The Shoremen took the seven inning game one by a 9-1 count and won the nine inning game two, 10-1. The Shoremen improve to 7-3 on the year, while the Spartans fall to 0-4.
In the opener, the Shoremen took control of the contest with a pair of runs with nobody out in the bottom of the first inning. Senior Brian Alexa (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) came home on a wild pitch for the game's first run and freshman Joe Lozupone (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) scored on a base hit up the middle off the bat of sophomore Evan Hirschbaum (Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) to make it 2-0. In the bottom half of the second, Washington made it 3-0 when with two away sophomore Charlie Meder (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) touched the dish on double to right-center by Lozupone.
The Spartans got onto the scoreboard in the top half of the fourth on a one out sacrifice fly by Eric Simoncelli that chased in Jason Hart to trim the deficit to 3-1. However in the bottom of the fourth, Washington broke the game open with a four-run frame to take a 7-1 lead. Meder led off the inning with a home run to right field to make it 4-1 and it was his first collegiate longball. With one away, Lozupone smacked a double to left-center to score Alexa to give the hosts a 5-1 lead. Lozupone scored two batters later on a triple to right-center by Hirschbaum to push the lead to five runs and Hirschbaum closed the scoring when he scored on a fielding error to give WC a six-run cushion.
The hosts scored a run each in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to cap the scoring.
For Washington, Lozupone went 3-for-4 with three doubles, two runs and two RBI, while Meder was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored as the Shoremen had 10 hits in the win. Hirschbaum had two hits and two RBI, while Alexa came around to score twice. On the hill, senior pitcher Joe DiPaola (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) pitched the final 3 2/3 innings to notch the win and improve to 1-0. He did not allow a hit or a run, walking two and striking out one.
For D'Youville, Nick Ivanoff had a pair of hits as the Spartans had three hits. On the hill, Anthony Oliveri took the loss and drops to 0-1 as he went 3 2/3 innings.
In the second contest, the Spartans took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a one out RBI groundout to shortstop by Mike Calandra that drove in Ivanoff. The lead would last until one out in the bottom of the second when the Shoremen would take the lead for good on a back-to-back bases loaded walks to take a 2-1 lead. Sophomore Logan Dubbé (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) tied the game at 1-1 on his walk that scored freshman Ryan Donnelly (Novi, Mich./Brother Rice) and Alexa put the hosts up for good on his free pass that forced home freshman Matt Tancredi (Wall, N.J./Wall).
In the bottom of the fifth, senior Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) came in as a pinch hitter with two outs and served a single to left field to knock in both Donnelly and sophomore Matt Chapman (Leesburg, Va./Heritage) to push the lead to 4-1.
The Shoremen would put the game out of reach with six runs in the last of the sixth.
For the Shoremen, which had 10 hits in the win, Donnelly went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Dubbé, Thomas and senior Kyle Mikula (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) all plated in two runs in the win. Alexa worked out a career-high three walks. On the mound, freshman pitcher Brian Kasey (Wilmington, Del./Alexis I. du Pont) tossed the first six innings to record the win and go to 2-0 on the year. He scattered five hits, allowed one earned run, walked one and fanned two.
Ivanoff and Travis Macrides had two hits each for the Spartans as the guests had six hits in the second game. On the hill, Nick Stimpfel took the loss and drops to 0-1.
Washington is back in action on Tuesday against visiting Catholic at 3:30 p.m. The game was originally scheduled to be at Catholic, but was moved to Chestertown due to Catholic's field being unplayable.