O'Donnell Plates Career-High Three Runners
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting Catholic scored the game's final eight runs to overcome a 9-7 deficit to win 15-9 over host Washington College in a non-conference baseball game on Wednesday at Athey Baseball Park as the game was called in the top of the ninth inning due to darkness. The Cardinals improve to 4-0 on the year, while the Shoremen drop to 2-1.
Washington College 15 Catholic 9
How It Happened
- Catholic scored three unearned runs in its first trip to the plate in the top of the first inning. With one away, Jake Crist singled up the middle to score Jack Hennessy for the game's opening run. With two away, Anthony Ferlise singled down the left field line to plate both Crist and Bailey Lewis to cap the three-run frame.
- In the top of the second the Cardinals scored twice to extend their lead to 5-0. With the bases loaded, Lewis was hit by the pitch and scored Tighe Watson to give the guests a 4-0 lead with one out. The next batter, Brennan Cotter hit into a fielder's choice to drive in Hennessy to push the lead to five.
- The Shoremen answered in the bottom of the second with six runs to take a 6-5 lead with the benefit of just two hits. The first six hitters of the frame had three batters reach via hit by pitch and the other three on base on balls. With the bases loaded, Gavin O'Donnell was hit by a pitch to force in Matt Tancredi for the first run. The next two hitters, Chris Kramedas and Luke D'Ostilio both worked out bases loaded walks to score both Ryan Donnelly and Joe Lozupone respectively to trim the lead to two. With two away, Ryan Zwier beat out an infield hit to shortstop to drive in O'Donnell to cut the lead to 5-4. The next hitter, Tancredi capped the six-run outburst with a single to right to score both Kramedas and D'Ostilio.
- Catholic retook the lead at 7-6 on a two-out, two-run home run to left field by Danny O'Hagan to also plate Hennessy in the top of the third.
- Donnelly would come home on a double play to knot the contest at 7-7 in the last of the third.
- After the first two were retired in the last of the fifth, the Shoremen strung together three straight hits to take a 9-7 lead. O'Donnell drove a two-run double to the gap in right-center to drive in TC Conrad and Lozupone.
- Catholic took advantage of a Washington error to score a pair of unearned run to level the game at 9-9 in the top of the sixth. With nobody out, Cotter fisted a single over the head of Lozupone into shallow left-center to plate Crist to cut it to 9-8. With one away, Connor Sullivan grounded out to D'Ostilio at second, but it was good enough to drive in Lewis to even the contest.
- In the top of the seventh, Watson, who led off the frame with a double down the right field line, scored on a throwing error to give Catholic a 10-9 lead.
- Connor Cozad scored on a two-out wild pitch in the top half of the eighth to give the Cardinals an 11-9 lead.
- The Cardinals scored four times in the top of the ninth to make it 15-9 with two outs before the game was called due to darkness. Since the outcome of the game was not affected by these four runs, the runs count.
For The Shoremen (2-1)
- Hitting: Lozupone (2-for-3, two runs), O'Donnell (career-high three RBI), Tancredi (two RBI), Donnelly (1-for-1, hit by pitch twice, two runs)
- Pitching: Nick Popolizio (loss 0-1, two innings, three hits, one run, zero earned, zero walks and strikeouts)
- Washington had seven hits, drew four walks and had reached on a hit by pitch four times, while leaving two on base.
- The Shoremen had four errors in the game, leading to 10 unearned runs by the Cardinals.
For Catholic (4-0)
- Hitting: Hennessy (4-for-6, four runs), Crist (2-for-4, two runs), Lewis (2-for-4, three runs), Cotter (2-for-6, two RBI), Ferlise (two RBI), Cozad (2-for-2, three RBI), Sullivan (2-for-5), Watson (two runs)
- Pitching: Jake Ropelewski (win 1-0, three scoreless and hitless innings, zero walks, four strikeouts)
- The Cardinals notched 17 hits, had three players reach via hit by pitch and drew three walks as they left nine on base.
- The visitors had one error in the game, leading to zero unearned runs for WC.
- O'Donnell was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Player of the Game on the webcast of the contest.
- The only inning not to see a run scored was the fourth inning.
3/3 v. Roger Williams – 12:00 p.m. (Non-Conference Doubleheader)
- Both games will be nine innings.