Meder Connects On His Second Career Grand Slam and B. Griffin Tosses Eight Innings In Game Two Win
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting Gettysburg and host Washington College split a Centennial Conference doubleheader at Athey Baseball Park on Saturday afternoon. The Bullets scored twice in the ninth to snap a 4-4 tie in a 6-4 game one win, while the Shoremen grabbed game two by a 12-2 margin.
Gettysburg 6 Washington College 4 (Game 1)
How It Happened
-Gettysburg got onto the scoreboard in the top of the second inning when John Convery hit a sacrifice fly to center field with one out to plate Steve Wright for the game's opening run.
-Washington answered in the bottom half of the second with a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead. Wes Robertson scored on a fielding error by the Bullets with one out to tie the game at 1-1 and during the next at bat, Evan Hirschbaum came home on a wild pitch to give the Shoremen a one-run lead.
-The Shoremen pushed the lead to 3-1 in the last of the fourth when Hirschbaum hit a double to the gap in left-center to score Aaron Barclay with one out to give the hosts a two-run lead.
-In the top half of the fifth, Gettysburg took advantage of a Washington error to plate two unearned runs to knot the game at 3-3. Luke Lawrence scored on a RBI single to right-center by Henry Klimowicz to cut the lead to 3-2 with one away and Logan Sneed scored on an RBI groundout off the bat of Wright to even the contest.
-Lawrence gave Gettysburg a 4-3 lead when he came around to score on a one-out base hit up the middle by Will Anderson in the top half of the seventh.
-With one away in the last of the seventh, the Shoremen leveled the game at 4-4 when Bryan Baquer doubled down the left field line to plate TC Conrad.
-In the top of the ninth, Convery, who reached on a throwing error leading off the frame, scored on a Sneed two-bagger down the right field line with one out to give the guests a 5-4 lead. With two outs, Sneed came home on a double off the bat of Klimowicz to make it 6-4.
-Washington got the first hitters on base in the last of the ninth, but Bullets pitcher Aaron Bezio retired all three WC hitters he faced to end the game and notch the save.
For The Shoremen (17-7-1, 1-4 CC)
-Hitting: Hirschbaum (3-for-4), Conrad (2-for-3, two walks), Robertson (2-for-4)
-Pitching: P.J. Mikulus (seven innings, 10 hits, four runs, two earned, two walks, four strikeouts), Mike Bartels (loss 0-1, two innings, two hits, two runs, zero earned, one strikeout)
-The Shoremen had 11 hits in the game and drew three walks, while leaving nine on the basepaths.
-Two errors by Washington led to four unearned runs for Gettyburg.
For Gettysburg (19-10, 5-2 CC)
-Hitting: Lawrence (3-for-3, two runs, walk), Klimowicz (2-for-3, two RBI), Connor Tom (2-for-4)
-Pitching: Will Wortmann (win 1-1, two-plus innings, three hits, one run, one earned, two walks, two strikeouts), Bezio (save 3, one inning, zero runs and hits, one strikeout), Eric Brown (six innings, eight hits, three runs, two earned, one walk, three strikeouts)
-The Bullets had 12 hits, worked out two walks and left eight on base.
-Gettysburg had two errors in the game, leading to one unearned run for WC.
-Five of the 10 runs in game one were unearned.
Washington College 12 Gettysburg 2 (Game 2)
How It Happened
-The Shoremen scored the game's opening run in the bottom of the second when Joe Lozupone scored through the left side to drive in Hirschbaum with two outs.
-WC took control of the game with a six-run bottom of the fourth inning. Baquer scored on a base hit through the right side by Robertson to make it 2-0 with nobody out. The big blow in the frame came from Charlie Meder as he was the first batter to face Bullets' relief pitcher Sam Dobbins. Meder greeted Dobbins with a grand slam home run over the right field fence to also score Barclay, Robertson and Hirschbaum to give the hosts a 6-0 lead. Baquer capped the scoring in the inning on a one-out sacrifice fly to center to drive in Luke D'Ostilio to give the hosts a 7-0 lead after four.
-The Shoremen scored three times in the bottom of the fifth and once in the last of the seventh to push the lead to 11-0.
-Each team scored once in the eighth inning and the Bullets scored once in the top of the ninth to provide the final margin.
For The Shoremen (18-7-1, 2-4 CC)
-Hitting: Meder (2-for-2, four RBI, two runs), Baquer (2-for-4, two RBI), Robertson (2-for-4), Hirschbaum (career-high four runs scored), D'Ostilio (two runs and two walks), Matt Tancredi (two walks and two RBI)
-Pitching: Billy Griffin (win 3-0, eight innings, five hits, one unearned run, two walks, five strikeouts)
-Washington had 14 hits, drew seven walks and stranded eight on base.
-The Shoremen had one error and it led to a Gettysburg run.
For Gettysburg (19-11, 5-3 CC)
-Hitting: Jack Seibert (2-for-2, run)
-Pitching: Jonathan Lucido (loss 0-1, three innings, seven hits, five runs, five earned, one strikeout)
-The Bullets had eight hits, worked out two walks, while leaving eight on base.
-Gettysburg's one error in the game led to one WC unearned run.
-Washington snapped a four-game losing streak overall and a four-game losing streak to Gettysburg at Athey Baseball Park in the game two win.
-Hirschbaum is the second WC player to score four runs in a game this season as Barclay scored four times versus Albertus Magnus on March 14.
-Meder hit his second career grand slam. He hit one on April 18, 2015 at Haverford in the top of the ninth inning in a 5-4 win as he homer turned a 4-1 deficit into a one-run lead. Both of his grand slams have come in the team's 18th win of the season.
-Washington matched its win total of 2015 with the win in game two at 18. This season, the Shoremen won their 18th game in their 26th game. Last spring, they won their 18th in their 27th game.
4/17 @ Muhlenberg – 12:30 p.m. (Centennial Conference doubleheader)
-Washington won both game last season in Chestertown.
-The team's fourth and fifth games in a three-day span.