Beck Tosses Career-Best 7 1/3 Innings In 6-4 Game One Victory; Mules Take Game Two, 8-1
ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Visiting Washington College and host Muhlenberg split a Centennial Conference baseball doubleheader at Cedarcreek Field on Sunday afternoon. The Shoremen fended off a late Mules rally to notch a 6-4 game one victory, while Muhlenberg earned the split with an 8-1 win in game two.
Washington College 6 Muhlenberg 4 (Game 1)
How It Happened
-The Shoremen struck for a pair of two-out runs in the top of the first inning when Wes Robertson singled through the right side to drive in both Luke D'Ostilio and Bryan Baquer to take a 2-0 lead.
-Baquer scored on a one-out fielder's choice in the top half of the third to push Washington's lead to 3-0.
-Muhlenberg got on the board in the last of the third when Chris Grillo singled to left-center to drive in Stephen Koester.
-Washington netted its third two-out run of the game in the top of the fifth when Evan Hirschbaum drove in Robertson on a RBI base hit to center.
-In the last of the eighth, Robbie Hopes kept the inning alive for the Mules as he just beat out the throw from second on a potential double play grounder. Hopes and Matt Glubiak would both score on a throwing error by the Shoremen to cut Washington's lead to 4-3 and had the tying run on third base with two away. The Shoremen got out of the inning when pitcher Mike Bartels got Jon Capra to pop out to Hirschbaum at first.
-Aaron Barclay would give WC a 5-3 lead in the top of the ninth when he served an RBI double to left-center to plate D'Ostilio with one away. With two away, Hirschbaum drove in his third run of the game with an RBI single to center to chase home Barclay.
-Muhlenberg loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth with one away. Koester scored on an RBI groundout to second by John Icaza to cut the lead to 6-4 and put the tying run at second base. However, Bartels slammed the door as he got Andrew Rava to ground out to his counterpart Hirschbaum at first to end the game.
For The Shoremen (19-7-1, 3-4 CC)
-Hitting: Hirschbaum (3-for-5, three RBI), Robertson (3-for-5, two RBI, double), Barclay (2-for-5, two two-baggers), Baquer and D'Ostilio (two runs scored and two walks)
-Pitching: John Beck (win 3-1, career-best 7 1/3 innings, four hits, three runs, one earned, three walks, personal-high four strikeouts), Bartels (save 3, 1 2/3 innings, one hit, one unearned run, hit one batter)
-Washington had 13 hits, worked out four walks, while leaving 10 on base.
-The Shoremen won in spite of committing four errors that led to three unearned runs for the Mules.
For Muhlenberg (14-15, 5-4 CC)
-Hitting: Koester (two runs)
-Pitching: Sam Kasten (loss 1-3, five innings, nine hits, four runs and all earned, two walks, three strikeouts)
-The Mules had five hits and drew three walks, while stranding nine runners.
-Muhlenberg's lone error did not lead to a Washington run.
-Shoremen eclipse last year's win total win the game one win.
-Robertson matched his career-high with three hits as he recorded his third career three-hit ballgame.
-Hirschbaum had his fifth career three RBI performance.
Muhlenberg 8 Washington College 1 (Game 2)
How It Happened
-The hosts took a 1-0 lead in the last of the fourth when with one away, Matt Riebesell hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Icaza for the game's first run.
-In the last of the fifth, Grillo scored on a throwing error by the Shoremen to give the Mules a 2-0 lead.
-With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Icaza doubled to the gap in left field to score both Grillo and Matt Grubiak to extend Muhlenberg's cushion to 4-0.
-The Shoremen got onto the board in the top of the eighth after the first two were retired. Matt Tancredi singled to center to knock in Joe Lozupone to trim the lead to 4-1 and got D'Ostilio at the dish as the tying run. D'Ostilio would hit into a fielder's choice to end the threat.
-In the bottom of the eighth, the Mules scored x runs to salt away the game. Grillo started the scoring in the inning as his one out single plated Capra to give Muhlenberg a 5-1 lead. Koester scored on a fielder's choice to give the hosts a five-run lead and Eric Reitmeyer came home on a passed ball to make it 7-1. Grillo made it 8-1 when he scored on a base hit through the left side off the bat of Icaza to cap the four-run outburst.
For The Shoremen (19-8-1, 3-5 CC)
-Hitting: Tancredi (RBI), Lozupone (run)
-Pitching: Nick Popolizio (loss 1-1, five innings, five hits, two runs, both earned, two walks, four strikeouts, hit one batter)
-Washington had held to three hits and a pair of walks in game two. WC left five runners on base.
-Three Shoremen errors led to three unearned runs by the Mules in game two.
For Muhlenberg (15-15, 6-4 CC)
-Hitting: Icaza (3-for-5, three RBI), Grillo (3-for-5, three runs), Glubiak (3-for-5), Hopes (two walks)
-Pitching: Timmy Pilrun (win 4-1, one hit, no runs, one walk, four strikeouts, faced two batters over the minimum)
-The Mules had 11 hits and drew three walks, stranding eight on the basepaths.
-Muhlenberg did not commit an error in the second contest.
-Baquer had his 10-game hitting streak snapped in game two. The senior tallied 19 hits during the streak. He has 171 career hits, ranking third all-time at Washington. He is four behind Sean Connole '13 who had 175 all-time hits.
4/19 v. Franklin & Marshall – 3:30 p.m. (Centennial Conference game)
-The Diplomats won 10-3 in Chestertown last season on April 17 and have won the prior two at Athey Baseball Park.