Tancredi Tallies 100th Career Hit For Washington
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Trailing 6-5 after losing a 5-0 lead, visiting Haverford scored three times in the top of the eighth and five runs in the top of the ninth to take a 13-6 lead and held off host Washington College, 13-9, on Friday afternoon in a Centennial Conference baseball game at Athey Baseball Park. Senior Matt Tancredi (Wall, N.J./Wall) became the 31st player in program history to tally his 100th career hit as he got his milestone hit on an RBI single to left in the bottom of the ninth. The Fords improve to 13-13 overall and 6-2 in Centennial play with the win, while the Shoremen fall to 19-11 and 3-5 respectively.
Haverford 13 Washington College 9
How It Happened
- In the top of the second inning, Haverford's Matt Goss hit a line drive two-run home run down the right field line to score Ben Somorjai for the game's first two runs with one out.
- Somorjai gave the Fords a 3-0 lead with a two-out base hit to left field that plated Owen Plambeck.
- Haverford extended its lead to 4-0 on a two-out single through the vacated hole by Plambeck to plate Will Karp. The hole was vacated due to a double steal attempt by the Fords.
- Haverford made it 5-0 on an RBI groundout by Michael Schwarze that scored Ethan Lee-Tyson in the top of the sixth with one away.
- In the bottom of the sixth, Ryan Donnelly led off the frame with an opposite field home run to left field to get Washington onto the board. With two outs and facing a 0-2 count, Luke D'Ostilio tripled to the gap in right-center to score Aaron Barclay and Evan Hirschbaum to trim the lead to 5-3. After a walk to CJ Gillmer, Gavin O'Donnell was summoned as a pinch hitter and on the first pitch launched a three-run home run over the centerfield fence to give the Shoremen a 6-5 lead.
- The Fords responded in the top of the eighth inning with a three-run answer to take an 8-6 lead. The Fords would tie the game on a one-out double by Plambeck to right-center to score Lee-Tyson. After an intentional walk to Schwarze to load the bases, Washington brought in relief pitcher Sean Weiss to face Ben Furlong was the bases loaded. Furlong fell down 0-2 before working out a walk to force Spencer Sohmer to give Haverford a 7-6 lead. The Fords capped the three-run inning when Plambeck scored on a sacrifice fly by Somorjai to left-center.
- In the top of the ninth, Haverford scored a two out run when Sohmer hit a 50-foot dribbler down the third base line that stayed fair and scored Lee-Tyson to make it 9-6. The next hitter, Plambeck slammed a two-run homer to left-center to make it 11-6 and two hitters later, Furlong doubled home Harrison Burns on a ground rule two-bagger to left-center to push the lead to 12-6. Furlong would score on a base hit by Somorjai to cap the five-run frame as all five came after the first two Haverford hitters were retired.
- The Shoremen did not go quietly in the bottom of the ninth, taking advantage of a Haverford error to score three times. Chris Bauers scored on the fielding error for the first run of the last of the ninth with two away to cut the lead to 13-7 and Max Hammond would then single to right to score Tommy Buckman to make it a 13-8 game. The next hitter, Tancredi would get his 100th all-time hit on a single to left that plated Jack Kingman to trim the lead to 13-9 and the tying run was on in the on-deck circle with D'Ostilio at the plate. However, Haverford pitcher Tom Phillips got D'Ostilio to ground out to second to end the ballgame and leave the potential tying run in the on-deck circle.
For The Shoremen (19-11, 3-5 CC)
- Hitting: O'Donnell (1-for-1, three-run home run), D'Ostilio (two RBI)
- Pitching: Nick Roberti (four-plus innings, seven hits, four runs, four earned, four walks, four strikeouts), Mike Smith (three innings, one hit, one run, one earned, one walk, two strikeouts), Nick Popolizio (loss 1-5, 1/3 inning, one hit, three runs, three earned, three walks, zero strikeouts)
- Washington had eight hits and drew six walks, while leaving six on base.
- The Shoremen had three errors in the game, but it did not lead to a Fords run.
For Haverford (13-13, 6-2 CC)
- Hitting: Plambeck (4-for-6, four RBI, three runs), Lee-Tyson (3-for-5, three runs), Sohmer (1-for-2, four walks, two runs), Somorjai (2-for-3, three RBI), Furlong (2-for-5, two RBI), Goss (two RBI)
- Pitching: Andrew Johnson (win 2-1, 2 2/3 innings, six hits, two runs, one earned, three walks, five strikeouts), Nathan Bass (5 1/3 innings, three hits, three runs, three earned, three walks, five strikeouts)
- The Fords notched 15 hits and drew 10 walks as they left 13 on base.
- The visitors had two errors in the win, leading to three unearned runs for Washington all of which came in the ninth inning.
- O'Donnell was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Player of the Game on the webcast of the contest.
- Tancredi joins Joe Lozupone to pick up their 100th career hits this season. Lozupone tallied his centennial hit in the season opener versus Lancaster Bible.
- The Shoremen had eight different players pick up one hit in the game as no WC player had more than a single hit.
- Washington had its five-game home winning streak snapped against Haverford. The Fords last win in Chestertown was a 23-9 victory in game two of a doubleheader. WC swept Haverford in twinbills in 2014 and 2016 and won a single game last spring.
4/14 @ Dickinson – 12:30 p.m. (Centennial Conference doubleheader)
- Teams split a twinbill last season in Chestertown.