Donnelly Picks Up Third Straight Multi Hit Game In The Win
CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Host Washington College completed the season sweep of visiting McDaniel with a 6-4 win in a Centennial Conference baseball game played this afternoon at Athey Park in Chestertown, Maryland. The win keeps the Shoremen in control of the fourth and final playoff spot with six games to go in the regular season.
Washington College 6, McDaniel 4
How It Happened
- McDaniel took advantage of three Washington errors to score a pair of runs in the top of the second inning. Colin Franke hit a sacrifice fly to left and reached first when the ball was dropped, driving home Zachary Glover for the first run of the game. Mike Dunn then reached on a fielding error with the bases loaded, forcing home Tom Daly, who reached earlier in the inning after a dropped foul ball, to give McDaniel a 2-0 lead.
- The Shoremen would use a three run third inning to take the lead for good. Ryan Donnelly hit a two out single after being down 0-2 in the count at one point to keep the inning alive, and the next batter, Aaron Barclay, would hit a two run double to right center field after also being down 0-2 in the count at one point, chasing home Donnelly and Joe Lozupone to tie the game 2-2. Barclay would then steal third base and score when Matt Tancredi, who was also down 0-2 in the count at one point, hit an infield single to second base, giving the Shoremen a 3-2 lead.
- The Shoremen tacked on a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth. CJ Gillmer would bunt his way on with a single to the catcher, scoring Ryan Zwier from third base to put Washington ahead 4-2. Lozupone then lined into a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Luke D'Ostilio to give the Shoremen a 5-2 advantage.
- The Green Terror would cut the lead to 5-3 in the top of the fifth inning when Kasey Nelson singled to left center field, driving home Antonio Rosanova.
- Donnelly would get to third base with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but would eventually end the inning when he was thrown out trying to steal home after a pickoff attempt at first base of Shoremen pinch runner David Hudak.
- The Shoremen would load the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning and would pick up a run when Max Hammond hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Donnelly to extend the lead to 6-3.
- McDaniel used two singles and a walk to load the bases with nobody out in the top of the ninth inning. Rosanova then reached on a fielders choice, bringing home Franke on the play to cut the lead to 6-4. Rosanova then stole second base to give the Green Terror runners on second and third with one away, but Shoremen relief pitcher Nick Popolizio would finish off a three inning save by striking out Brett Anderson swinging and Nelson looking to end the game.
For the Shoremen (23-11 Overall, 7-5 Centennial Conference)
- Hitting: Donnelly (2-for-3, two runs, two stolen bases), Gillmer (2-for-4, RBI), Barclay (double, walk, two RBI's, run, two stolen bases), Tancredi (hit, RBI, stolen base), D'Ostilio (hit, run), Zwier (walk, run), Lozupone (RBI, run), Hammond (RBI).
- Pitching: Nick Roberti (win, 3-0, six innings, six hits, three runs, one earned run, zero walks, five strikeouts), Popolizio (save, 5, three innings, two hits, one run, one walk, two strikeouts).
- The Shoremen picked up seven hits in the win, drew three walks, and left four runners on base.
- Washington committed four errors defensively, leading to a pair of unearned McDaniel runs.
For McDaniel (10-13 Overall, 3-9 Centennial Conference)
- Hitting: Glover (double, run), Rosanova (hit, RBI, run, stolen base), Nelson (hit, RBI), Daly (hit, run), Griffin Mahon (hit, walk).
- Pitching: Brad Thaxton (loss, 1-3, six innings, seven hits, five runs, three earned runs, two walks, four strikeouts), Nathan Miller (1/3 inning, zero hits, one run, one walk, one strikeout), Brandon Richmond (1/3 inning, zero hits, zero runs, zero walks, zero strikeouts), Jordan Rhodes (1 1/3 innings, zero hits, zero runs, zero walks, four strikeouts).
- The Green Terror picked up eight hits in the loss, drew one walk, and left eight runners on base.
- McDaniel committed one error, but it led to a pair of unearned Shoremen runs.
- Popolizio was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Player Of The Game on the webcast of the game for the first time in his career. His five saves this year are currently the second most in the Centennial, trailing only Jack Corkery of Swarthmore, who has six.
- Washington completed the season sweep of McDaniel after defeating the Green Terror 20-12 on Tuesday afternoon. It is the first time the Shoremen have swept McDaniel since 2015, when Washington picked up a 3-2 win at home and an 11-7 win in Westminster.
- The Shoremen completed the season sweep of the Green Terror despite committing 12 errors over the course of the two games, compared to five for McDaniel. However, Washington outscored McDaniel 14-10 in terms of unearned runs over the two game span.
- Donnelly went a combined 7-for-8 with two doubles, two triples, two RBI's, and seven runs scored in the two wins over the Green Terror this week.
Up Next for the Shoremen
4/21 @ Muhlenberg - 12:30 p.m. (Centennial Conference double-header)
- The Shoremen and the Mules split their conference doubleheader last year, with Washington winning 3-1 and Muhlenberg winning 2-1.