Baquer Tallies Four Hits, Two RBI and Two Doubles
BALTIMORE, Md. – Host Johns Hopkins hit three home runs on its way to an 11-4 victory over visiting Washington College at Babb Field at Stromberg Stadium in a Centennial Conference baseball game on Tuesday afternoon. The Blue Jays improve to 20-9-1 overall and 10-4-1 in the Centennial, while the Shoremen fall to 18-10 and 9-6 respectively.
Both teams scored twice in the third inning. In the top half of the third, junior Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park) doubled down the right field line with one out to score both sophomore Charlie Meder (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) and senior Brian Alexa (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) to give Washington a 2-0 lead. In the last of the third, Chris Casey led off the frame with a home run to cut the lead to 2-1 and with one away Raul Shah scored on a base hit up the middle by Conor Reynolds to tie the game at 2-2.
The Blue Jays in the bottom of the fifth loaded the bases with nobody out and with one out Alex Darwiche scored on a sacrifice fly to left field off the bat of Reynolds to give the hosts a 3-2 lead. With two away, Thomas Mee ripped a two-run double to left-center to score both Casey and Shah to give Hopkins a 5-2 lead.
A four-run bottom of the sixth pushed the Blue Jays lead to 9-2. Johns Hopkins made it 6-2 on a one out sacrifice fly by Casey to score Craig Hoelzer. With two away, Mitch Weaver hit a three-run home run to left to also score Mike Smith and Shah to take a seven-run lead after six.
Washington got pair of runs with two outs in the top of the seventh to trim the lead to 9-4. Sophomore Logan Dubbé (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) scored on a throw to cut the deficit to 9-3 and Baquer scored on an error to reduce the lead to five.
In the bottom half of the eighth, Weaver hit his second longball of the game, this one to right-center to also score Casey to restore the seven-run lead at 11-4.
Weaver sparked the Blue Jays offense with two home runs, two runs scored and five RBI, while Casey was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI. Reynolds was 2-for-4 with two RBI, Shah scored three times, while Smith went 2-for-4. Johns Hopkins had 11 hits in the win. On the hill, Justin Dreschel got the win and improves to 2-0. He went six innings, giving up four hits, two earned runs, walking four and striking out nine.
Baquer had a game-best four hits in five at bats, smacking two doubles and driving in a pair as Washington had eight hits. Sophomore Evan Hirschbaum (Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) had two hits and Dubbé worked out two walks. Pitching wise, junior Dan Jarrell (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac) took the loss and drops to 4-2. He went six innings, giving up nine runs, eight earned, on nine hits, walking two and fanning three.
Washington is scheduled to step out of conference tomorrow with a 3:30 p.m. game versus Eastern Shore foe #4 Salisbury.