Outscore Principia By A 19-3 Margin
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Washington College baseball team improved its mark to 5-0 in South Carolina with a sweep of Principia in a doubleheader at the Ripken Experience on Tuesday. The Shoremen won the first game, 9-3, and blanked the Panthers in game two by a 10-0 score.
Washington College 9 Principia 3 (Game 1)
How It Happened
-Evan Hirschbaum got Washington on the board in the bottom of the first inning when he socked a two-run home run over the right field fence to put the Shoremen up for good at 2-0. Scoring ahead of him was Joe Lozupone.
-The Panthers trimmed the WC lead to 2-1 in the top of the fourth when with nobody out, Zach Grennie singled through the left side to plate Connor Coyne. Principia had runners at second and third with one out, but Shoremen pitcher Nick Popolizio recorded back-to-back strikeouts to leave the runners stranded.
-WC used a pair of one out base hits to take a 4-1 lead in the last of the fifth. Charlie Meder plated Hirschbaum on a base hit to right to make it 3-1 and Matt Tancredi came home on an infield hit off the bat of Aaron Barclay.
-The Shoremen blew the game open with five runs in the last of the sixth to take a 9-1 lead with five different players notching an RBI in the frame.
-Principia got a pair of unearned runs in the top of the seventh to provide the final margin.
For The Shoremen (7-1-1)
-Hitting: Hirschbaum (2-for-4, three runs, two RBI, home run), Baquer (3-for-4), Meder (two hits and two RBI), Wes Robertson (two hits), Lozupone (two runs), Barclay (two RBI)
-Pitching: Popolizio (win 1-0, six innings, four hits, one run, two walks and five strikeouts), Connor Morgan (struck out the side in the seventh, two unearned runs)
-WC had 12 hits, worked out four walks and had one batter get hit in the game.
-The Shoremen committed one error in the game and it led to two Principia runs.
For Principia (2-5)
-Hitting: Coyne (2-for-3, run)
-Pitching: Hunter Mehring (loss 0-1, four innings, five hits, two runs, two walks and six strikeouts), Principia bullpen gave up seven runs, six of which were earned.
-The Panthers had six hits, drew three walks and had a hitter get plunked.
-Principia had two errors in the field, leading to one unearned run.
-Popolizio tossed a career-best six innings in the win for Washington.
-Hirschbaum's homer was the team's 12th long ball this season, surpassing the team total of 2015. Last season WC hit 11 homers as a team.
Washington College 10 Principia 0 (Game 2)
How It Happened
-In the top of the first with one out, Meder singled to right to score TC Conrad for the game's opening run.
-The Shoremen used a two-out rally to grab a 2-0 lead in the top half of the fourth as Conrad singled to center to drive in Ben Nelson from second. Nelson got plunked with two outs and stole second base to get into scoring position.
-Washington made it 4-0 with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth as Barclay plated Luke D'Ostilio with nobody out to make it 3-0 on a two-bagger to left and Barclay came home on a sacrifice fly by Meder to make it 4-0.
-The Shoremen scored five times in the top of the sixth and once in the top of the seventh to round out the scoring and take control of the game.
For The Shoremen (8-1-1)
-Hitting: Conrad (2-for-4, two runs), Meder (four RBI), Barclay, Jay Felts and Nelson (two runs)
-Pitching: Billy Benson (win 1-0, five innings, four hits, three strikeouts), Connor Thomas (two innings, two hits and two strikeouts)
-Washington had seven hits in the win, worked out seven walks and were hit by four pitches.
-The Shoremen had one error in the game.
-Benson and Connor Thomas did not issue a walk.
For Principia (2-6)
-Hitting: Mehring (2-for-3)
-Pitching: David McClellan (loss 0-2, five-plus innings)
-The Panthers had six hits in the game.
-Benson notched his first career win in his first career start.
-In the team's first five games, the Shoremen have outscored Albertus Magnus and Principia by a combined score of 74-14.
3/16 v. Benedict – 3:00 p.m. at Myrtle Beach (non-conference game)