WC Starters Griffin and Dubbé Combine To Toss 15 Scoreless Innings
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College and visiting Muhlenberg combined to score just seven runs as the two teams split a Centennial Conference baseball doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park. In game one, the Mules scored twice in the top of the ninth inning to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win and the Shoremen captured game two by a 3-1 margin.
Muhlenberg 2 Washington College 1 (Game 1)
How It Happened
- Muhlenberg got its first two runners of the game on a pair of singles by John Icaza and John Serruto. However, Washington pitcher Billy Griffin would respond by striking out the side to end the threat. Griffin would retire the next seven and eight the next nine Mules via the punchout.
- The Shoremen got onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning when with one away, Aaron Barclay singled up the middle to drive in Charlie Meder to give Washington a 1-0 lead.
- Following the Serruto base hit in the top of the first, Griffin retired the next 18 Muhlenberg batters before Robbie Hopes led off the top of the seventh inning with a leadoff single through the left side. Hopes would get to second, but was left there stranded. Hopes was the only batter to reach base against Griffin after the consecutive hits to start the game as Griffin departed after eight innings.
- In the top of ninth inning, Icaza worked out a walk to lead off the frame and reached third when Serruto reached on a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to second. The next batter Hopes, hit a two-run double to centerfield to score both Icaza and Serruto to give the Mules a 2-1 lead with nobody out. Hopes reached third on a sacrifice bunt, but was left stranded.
- In the last of the ninth, Muhlenberg pitcher Sam Kasten retired the Shoremen in order to end the game.
For The Shoremen (13-20, 4-9 CC)
- Hitting: Barclay (1-for-4, RBI), Meder (1-for-4, run)
- Pitching: Billy Griffin (eight innings, three hits, zero runs, zero walks, 12 strikeouts, retired 24 of the final 25 hitters he faced including 18 in a row), Wes Robertson (loss 0-1, one inning, one hit, two runs, one earned, one walk, zero strikeouts)
- Washington had five hits and drew one walk, while leaving six on base. The Shoremen got one runner via a hit by pitch.
- The Shoremen had one error in the game, leading to one run by the Mules.
For Muhlenberg (14-16, 4-8 CC)
- Hitting: Hopes (2-for-4, two RBI, double)
- Pitching: Kasten (win 1-3, two innings, zero hits, zero runs, zero walks, three strikeouts), RJ Hennessey (seven innings, five hits, one run, one earned, one walk, four strikeouts)
- The Mules notched four hits and drew one walk as they left four on base.
- The visitors did not have an error in game one.
- Griffin was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Player of the Game on the webcast of the contest.
- Matt Tancredi extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single to shallow centerfield in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Washington College 3 Muhlenberg 1 (Game 2)
How It Happened
- Robertson would put the Shoremen ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the first when he socked a two-run home run just over the left field fence and the outstretched glove of Muhlenberg left fielders Brenden Weiss. Scoring ahead of Robertson on the two-out homer was Meder.
- Meder pushed the lead to 3-0 in the last of the fifth on a two-out single to right that scored Luke D'Ostilio.
- The Mules got on the board in the top of the eighth on a one out base hit to left by Icaza that scored Eric Reitmeyer that trimmed the Shoremen lead to 3-1. With two outs, Serruto kept the inning alive with a single to left center and got Hopes up as the potential go ahead run. Washington pitcher Brian Kasey got Hopes to ground out to Joe Lozupone at shortstop to preserve the Shoremen lead.
- In the top of the ninth for the Mules, Billy Brittingham doubled to right field with one out off the fence and got Chris Grillo up as the potential tying run. Shoremen pitcher Sean Weiss got Grillo to fly out to Chris Kramedas in left-center for the second out and fanned Reitmeyer for the final out of the game to give the hosts a split.
For The Shoremen (14-20, 5-9 CC)
- Hitting: Robertson (1-for-1, home run, two RBI), D'Ostilio (1-for-2, walk, run)
- Pitching: Logan Dubbé (win 3-3, seven innings, four hits, zero runs, zero walks, seven strikeouts), Kasey (one inning, four hits, one run, one earned, zero walks, four strikeouts), Weiss (save 1, one inning, one hit, zero runs, zero walks, one strikeout)
- Washington had five hits and drew two walks, while leaving five on base.
- The Shoremen had zero errors in the game.
For Muhlenberg (14-17, 4-9 CC)
- Hitting: Matt Riebesell (2-for-4)
- Pitching: Timmy Pilrun (loss 2-2, complete game, five hits, three runs, three earned, two walks, eight strikeouts)
- The Mules notched nine hits and drew zero walks as they left six on base.
- The visitors did not commit an error in game two.
- Dubbé was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Player of the Game on the webcast of the contest.
- Tancredi had his career-best 16-game hitting streak come to an end with his 0-for-3.
- Yesterday, there was a ceremony at the college's Alumni House to formally name the team's locker room, the Al Streelman '69 Locker Room. Streelman played for the Shoremen from 1966-69, served as an assistant coach for the team from 1980-97 and was the squad's head coach from 1998-2012 as he spent 37 seasons with the program as either a player, assistant coach or head coach. In his final season as the team's head coach in 2012, he guided the program to a program-record 28 wins, a spot in the Centennial Conference Tournament final and was named the conference's coach of the year. Streelman ranks third in program history in all-time wins with 219.
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