Shoremen Hold Off Bison, 6-4

Shoremen Hold Off Bison, 6-4

Dubbé Hits Grand Slam; McGovern Career-Best Seven Strikeouts and DiPaola Personal-High Five Strikeouts

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Sophomore Logan Dubbé (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) hit a two-out grand slam home run to highlight a five-run bottom of the fourth inning as host Washington College held off visiting Gallaudet, 6-4, on Monday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park in a non-conference baseball contest.  The Shoremen improve to 14-5 on the year, while the Bison fall to 3-16.

The Shoremen scored with two away in the bottom of the first inning when sophomore Evan Hirschbaum (Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) doubled to right field to score freshman Joe Lozupone (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) for the game's opening run.  The Bison tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the third when Justin Strong singled through the left side with two outs to plate Dylan Hayes.

Washington scored five times in the last of the fourth to take a 6-1 lead.  With nobody out, freshman Ryan Donnelly (Novi, Mich./Brother Rice) scored on an RBI groundout to give the Shoremen a 2-1 lead.  Five batters later with the bases loaded and two outs, Dubbé socked a grand slam home run over the right field fence to give the hosts a 6-1 lead and cap a five-run frame.  Scoring ahead of Dubbé was senior Kyle Mikula (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge), sophomore Matt Chapman (Leesburg, Va./Heritage) and senior Brian Alexa (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel).  It was the team's first grand slam home run since Michael Acampora hit one on April 26, 2014 versus Dickinson.

Gallaudet did not go down quietly as the Bison score twice in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 6-3.  With one away, Brad Stockdill singled through the left side to drive in Mitchell Bensman to reduce the lead to 6-2 and Zack Crawford came home on an RBI groundout to cut the hosts' lead to three.

In the top of the seventh with two away, Stockdill was plunked with the bases loaded and that forced in Strong to trim the lead to 6-4.  The Bison had the bases loaded still, but Washington pitcher Joe DiPaola (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) struck out Ben Coleman to preserve the lead and end the threat.  

The Bison got two on in the top of the eighth with two outs but could not score and in the ninth DiPaola struck out the side to end the game.

For the Shoremen, senior pitcher Sam McGovern (Middletown, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) went six innings and struck out a career-high seven batters to improve to 2-1.  He allowed eight hits, three earned runs and walked one.  DiPaola notched his first career save as he went the final 2 1/3 innings, striking out a career-high five, giving up two hits and no runs.  At the plate, Dubbé had a career-best four RBI, while Chpaman, Hirschbaum and Lozupone all had two hits each in the win.  WC had 10 hits in the contest.

For the Bison, Crawford, Strong and Chase Magsig each had two hits as the guests had 11 total hits, while Stockdill drove in a pair of runs.  On the hill, Hayes took the loss and falls to 0-4.  He went five innings, giving up nine hits, six earned runs, walking two and striking out four.  Coleman tossed three innings of scoreless relief, surrendering only one hit and fanning four.

The Shoremen are scheduled to step back into Centennial Conference action tomorrow afternoon with a 3:30 p.m. road contest at Swarthmore.