Red Devils Sweep Shoremen To Dash WC’s Centennial Conference Tournament Hopes

Red Devils Sweep Shoremen To Dash WC’s Centennial Conference Tournament Hopes

Drop First Game 3-2 In 11 Innings and Fall 6-2 In Second Contest

CARLISLE, Pa. – Host Dickinson spoiled visiting Washington College's hopes of reaching the Centennial Conference Tournament with a sweep of the Shoremen in a Centennial Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at MacPhail Field.  The Red Devils prevailed in 11 innings in game one 3-2 and grabbed game two by a 6-2 score.  The Red Devils are now 13-21-1 overall and 7-10-1 in the Centennial, while the Shoremen drop to 18-14 and 9-9 respectively.

Washington, entering today at 9-7 in the Centennial, needed one victory to punch its ticket to the four team tournament for the first time since 2012 with the way all of the other results played out.  The Shoremen ended tied with Haverford and Gettysburg at 9-9 for fourth place in the conference.  Haverford gets the fourth and final spot due to going 3-1 against Washington and Gettysburg.  The Shoremen went 2-2 against Haverford and Gettysburg, while Gettysburg went 1-3 against Haverford and Washington.  Haverford swept Gettysburg this afternoon at Gettysburg and minutes later clinched the spot when the Shoremen lost the second game.

In game one, the Shoremen took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning when freshman Joe Lozupone (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) hit a two-run single with one out to score both junior Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park) and sophomore Evan Hirschbaum (Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge)

The lead would last until the last of the seventh when the Red Devils scored twice to tie it.  With nobody out, Johnathan Chudacoff scored on an error to cut the lead to one run and with one away Ryan Dolan came home on a two-bagger Travis Nardin to level the game at 2-2.

The game would remain tied until the bottom of the 11th inning with two outs when Dolan served a triple to scored Robbie Thompson all the way from first base to give Dickinson the 3-2 walk-off win.

Chudacoff had three hits for Dickinson, while Nardin had a pair of hits as the Red Devils had nine hits in the win.  On the hill, Cristian Acosta got the win and improves to 2-1 as he tossed the last  2 1/3 innings for the hosts.  He gave up just a pair of hits, walked one and fanned two. 

For Washington, Lozupone had two hits and two RBI for the guests as they had eight hits.  Freshman Wes Robertson (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) worked out a pair of walks for the Shoremen.  On the mound, freshman pitcher Sean Weiss (Cheltenham, Pa./Germantown Academy) took the loss and drops to 1-2.  He went the final 1 2/3 innings, giving up one earned run on two hits with a pair of strikeouts.  Starter, freshman P.J. Mikulus (Plainview, N.Y./Chaminade) went the first six-plus innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits, walking one and fanning four.

In game two, the Shoremen took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Baquer singled home senior Brian Alexa (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) with one away. 

Dickinson took a 2-1 lead with two in the last of the first.  Phil Werner with one singled home Dolan and Werner came around to score on a Mike DeVivo double with two outs.

In the top half of the fourth with two outs, Robertson scored on a two-base hit by junior Garrett Richardello (Coventry, Conn./East Catholic) to level the game at 2-2.

The Red Devils would take the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out, two-run triple by Dolan that plated both Chudacoff and Luke Besse to give the hosts a 4-2 lead.  In the bottom of the eighth with nobody out Steven Haynes socked a two-run home run to also score Werner to give Dickinson a 6-2 lead and provide the final margin.

For the Red Devils, who had 12 hits, in the second game, Dolan went 3-for-4 with two RBI, Werner went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Haynes went 2-for-4 with two RBI.  On the mound, Harley Moore got the win to improve to 2-2 as he went 7 1/3 innings.  He scattered nine hits, walked four, fanned six and gave up two runs.  He gave way to Matt Cowell, who went 1 2/3 innings, striking out two and giving up only one hit.

Alexa, Baquer and Hirschbaum each had two hits in the second game as the Shoremen pounded out 10 hits.  On the mound, junior Dan Jarrell (Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton) took the loss and drops to 4-3.

The Shoremen will conclude their season on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. when they travel to Catholic for a non-conference baseball game.