Team Eclipses 2014 Win Total With Victory
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College took advantage of a two-out throwing error in the bottom of the eighth inning to score the game's lone run to record a 1-0 win over visiting Swarthmore on Sunday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park. The Shoremen, who won despite getting no-hit, improve to 17-6 overall and 8-2 in the Centennial, while the Garnet drop to 16-8 and 4-6 respectively.
In the bottom of the eighth, Swarthmore pitcher Aidan Miller hit senior Brian Alexa (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) with a pitch to lead off the inning. Alexa would move to second base on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Logan Dubbé (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg). The next hitter, junior Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park) scorched a line drive right at Miller, that Miller was able to knock down and get Baquer at first for the second out and got Alexa to third. Miller got sophomore Evan Hirschbaum (Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) to ground out to second baseman Danny Wolfson, who made a sliding play to get to the ball. However Wolfson's throw to first base was off the mark and allowed Hirschbaum to reach on the error and for Alexa to score the game's lone run, unearned. It was the lone error of the ballgame.
In the top of the ninth with one out, Ryan Burnett singled to left field and took second on an error by Washington. Burnett would get to third on a groundout by John Lim for the frame's second out. Shoremen freshman pitcher Mike Bartels (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North) got the Garnet's Scoop Ruxin to fly out to Dubbé to fly out to right field for the game's final out.
Prior to the eighth, only one runner reached third base and that was Baquer on a one out stolen base in the bottom of the sixth. He would be stranded there on a strikeout and a comebacker by Miller.
Three Shoremen pitchers combined on the six-hit, no walk shutout. Junior John Beck (East Hanover, N.J./Montclair Kimberly Academy) went the first six innings, his longest career outing. He gave up three hits and struck out one. He gave way to senior Joe DiPaola (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck), who tossed 2 1/3 innings and got the victory to improve to 2-0. He gave up three hits and fanned two before giving way to Bartels who got the last two outs for his second save of 2015. Baquer stole two bases for Washington in the win and Alexa reached on all four plate appearances, three times via walk and once by getting plunked.
Miller was the hard luck loser for the Garnet as he tossed the team's first no-hitter since 1997 and the 14th in Centennial Conference history. It was the first no-no tossed by a Centennial pitcher since McDaniel's Zach Jones hurled one on March 9, 2013 versus Penn State-York and Swarthmore's first since Steve Farneth threw a no-hitter against Haverford on April 26, 1997. Miller, who fell to 3-1 with the loss, walked three, struck out six, but hit four Shoremen hitters. At the plate, Burnett and Lim each had two hits as the Garnet had six total.
The Shoremen topped their 2014 win total with the victory today as last year's squad won just 16 games. The squad is also 8-2 in the Centennial for the second time in four years as the Shoremen went 8-2 to begin the 2012 campaign. Only the 1996 team had a better conference mark after 10 games as they opened that season 9-1 in Centennial play.
Washington is back in action on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. when they travel to Franklin & Marshall for a Centennial Conference game.