Griffin, Kasey Turn in Strong Efforts on the Mound
CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Sophomore Billy Griffin (Middletown, Md./Middletown) and freshman Brian Kasey (Wilmington, Del./Alexis I. du Pont) were both outstanding in their respective starts on the mound as the Washington College baseball team opened Centennial Conference play with a home double-header sweep of visiting Muhlenberg this afternoon at Athey Park. The Shoremen (9-4) won the first game, 8-0, and took the second, 2-1.
In the opener, Washington junior Garrett Richardello (Coventry, Conn./East Catholic) drove in freshman Ryan Donnelly (Novi, Mich./Brother Rice) with a two-out single in the bottom of the second to put the Shoremen on the board first. Sophomore Charlie Meder (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) started the scoring in a big bottom of the fifth for the Shoremen, coming across the plate on a one-out, bases-loaded ground out by freshman Joe Lozupone (Olney, Md./Good Counsel). Two batters later, an infield single by sophomore Evan Hirschbaum (Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) plated sophomore Logan Dubbé (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) for a 3-0 lead. Senior Brian Alexa (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) then scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0 followed by a two-run single to left center by freshman Wes Robertson (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire), upping the lead to 6-0 and completing a 5-0 inning.
Washington tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth as junior Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park) hit a two-run single to right.
Griffin picked up the win on the mound for the Shoremen, tossing seven shutout innings while allowing five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts to improve to 2-1. Senior Joe DiPaola (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) pitched the final two innings, allowing no runs on three hits and a walk. Alexa went 3-for-5 at the plate with a pair of runs scored in the game for Washington. Michael Giordano and Brett Rosen each had a pair of hits in the loss for the Mules (5-8).
The Shoremen broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning of game two. Lozupone led off the inning with a double and later scored on a single by Baquer. Baquer went on to score on a ground out by Meder. Muhlenberg got on the board in the top of the fifth with an RBI ground out by Chris Manfredonia, which plated Nick Plinio, who had led off the inning with a double. In the top of the ninth, Plinio reached base on a one-out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Thomas Yohe then moved Plinio over to third with a ground out. Kasey was then lifted in favor of Dubbé, who came in from center field to get pinch hitter Rosen to ground out to Alexa at second base to end the game.
Kasey improved to 3-0 by allowing just the one run on four hits and four walks in eight and two-thirds innings pitched. He struck out five batters. Dubbé's save was his third of the year. Baquer, Hirschbaum, and Richardello - who doubled - each had two hits in the win for the Shoremen. Plinio was the only Mule to finish with multiple hits, going 2-for-3.
The Shoremen return to action tomorrow with a 3:30 p.m. non-conference home game against Maine-Presque Isle.