Fords Capture Game Two, 5-1
HAVERFORD, Pa. – Sophomore Charlie Meder (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) hit a grand slam home run to right field with nobody out in the top of the ninth inning of game one to turn a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 win for visiting Washington College at the Kannerstein Field on Saturday afternoon in a Centennial Conference baseball doubleheader against host Haverford. Haverford rebounded to take game two by a 5-1 score. The Shoremen are now 18-9 overall and 9-5 in the Centennial, while Fords are now 10-17 and 6-8 respectively.
Down to their last three outs down 4-1 the Shoremen's bats came to life in the top of the ninth inning of game one. Freshman Wes Robertson (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) led off the frame with a single to shortstop. The next two hitters, junior Garrett Richardello (Coventry, Conn./East Catholic) and senior Kyle Mikula (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) were both hit by pitches to load the bases with nobody out. The next batter, Meder launched a grand slam home run over the right field fence to give Washington a 5-4 lead with nobody out.
In the last of the ninth, the Fords went down in order and Washington completed the comeback win.
In the bottom of the fourth, Haverford got onto the board with three runs to take a 3-0 lead. Yannick Villaneuva scored on an error for the game's first run. Mike Schmandt scored on an RBI groundout to give the Fords a 2-0 lead and Nick Ott scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Mike Tentilucci to cap the three-run frame.
Washington got onto the board in the top of the sixth when with one out junior Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park) singled to right to score senior Brian Alexa (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) to trim the lead to 3-1. In the last of the sixth with two outs, Jared Deveau doubled to left to drive in Villaneuva to give Haverford a 4-1 lead. That lead would hold until the ninth.
For Washington, freshman Sean Weiss (Cheltenham, Pa./Germantown Academy) tossed 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to notch his first collegiate win and is now 1-1. He struck out two and did not give up a hit. At the plate, Alexa went 3-for-4 and Meder had four RBI as the Shoremen had eight hits.
Villaneuva went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for Haverford, while Deveau had two RBI as the hosts totaled eight hits in game one. On the hill, Patrick O'Shea took the loss and drops to 1-2 as he served up the grand slam.
In game two, Baquer gave Washington a quick 1-0 lead with a home run to left field with two outs in the top of the first.
In the bottom of the sixth the Fords took a 2-1 lead on a two-out single by Villaneuva that scored both Casey Fox and Spencer Sohmer after the first hitters had been retired. During the Villaneuva at bat, Sohmer and Fox pulled off a double steal. In the bottom half of the seventh with two away, George Hatamiya plated Ben Furlong on an RBI base hit to left to give Haverford a 3-1 lead.
In the last of the eighth, with two away Nick Ott homered to left-center to score Schmandt ahead of him. Like the sixth, Haverford got both runs after the first two hitters of the inning were retired.
Ott and Villaneuva each had two RBI in the second game as the Fords had six hits, five of which came with two outs. Pitching wise, Justin Herring got the win to go to 1-0 as he went 6 1/3 innings, scatting six hits, allowing one earned run, walking two and fanning six. He gave way to Schmandt as he tossed the last 2 2/3 innings to notch his first save of 2015. He allowed two hits and struck out two.
For the Shoremen, Baquer and sophomore Evan Hirschbaum (Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) each went 2-for-4 with Baquer notching a run and RBI as the team had eight hits. On the mound, senior John Beck (East Hanover, N.J./Montclair Kimberly Academy) took the loss and drops to 0-1 as he gave up three runs, two earned in 6 2/3 innings. He allowed four hits, walked one and did not have a strikeout.
The Shoremen are back in action on Tuesday afternoon when they travel to Johns Hopkins for a 3:30 p.m. Centennial Conference contest.