D'Ostilio Plates Four of Six Runs for Shoremen
ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Host Muhlenberg took both ends of a Centennial Conference baseball doubleheader against visiting Washington College on Saturday afternoon at Cedarcreek Field. The Mules rallied from 5-0 down to win the opener by a 7-5 score and took game two with the aid of four home runs, 8-1. The Mules are now 15-16 on the year and 7-6 in the Centennial, while the Shoremen fall to 23-13 and 7-7 respectively.
Muhlenberg 7 Washington College 5 (Game 1)
How It Happened
- Washington took a fast 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when with one away Ryan Donnelly scored on a base hit to center by Matt Tancredi.
- Two innings later, the Shoremen scored four runs to push their lead to 5-0. Tancredi singled through the left side past a pair of diving Mules to drive in Donnelly to make it 2-0 with one out. With two away, Luke D'Ostilio on an 0-2 pitch hit a shallow fly ball to center that dropped in between three Muhlenberg fielders and it cleared the bases as it scored Aaron Barclay, Tancredi and Ryan Zwier on the single.
- Muhlenberg finally got on the board in the bottom of the third when with one away John Serruto singled to right to chase in Chris Grillo.
- The Mules loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fourth, but a line out right at Barclay at third base and a ground out kept Muhlenberg off the board in the frame and preserved a 5-1 lead.
- In the bottom of the sixth with one out, Grillo, who lined out to Barclay in the fourth with the sacks packed, doubled past him down the line to score both Kenny Freid and Brendan Weiss with one away to trim the lead to 5-3 and Grillo would score when the next hitter Robert Cappadona singled to center to chase Washington starting pitcher P.J. Mikulus. Trailing 5-4, Muhlenberg tied the game with two outs on a base hit to center by Billy Brittingham that drove in Cappadona.
- The hosts took the lead for the first time at 6-5 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh when Eric Reitmeyer came home on a wild pitch.
- Muhlenberg pushed its lead to 7-5 in the bottom of the eighth on a two-out single to right by Brittingham that scored Matt Riebesell from second.
- The Shoremen got the leadoff hitter on base in the ninth on a base hit to left by Gavin O'Donnell and he was pinch ran for by David Hudak. However, Muhlenberg pitcher RJ Hennessey got the next hitter Joe Lozupone to hit into a double play and got pinch hitter Joe Otto to ground out to first to cap the opener.
For The Shoremen (23-12, 7-6 CC)
- Hitting: Tancredi (2-for-4, two RBI), D'Ostilio (three RBI), Donnelly (1-for-3, two runs, walk)
- Pitching: Mikulus (5 1/3 innings, nine hits, five runs, five earned, three walks, three strikeouts), Alex Bendzlowicz (loss 0-1, 2 1/3 innings, five hits, two runs, two earned, zero walks, one strikeout)
- Washington had eight hits and drew two walks, while leaving four on base.
- The Shoremen had two errors in the game, but did not lead to a Muhlenberg run.
For Muhlenberg (14-16, 6-6 CC)
- Hitting: Grillo (2-for-4, two runs, two RBI), Brittingham (2-for-4, two RBI), Reitmeyer (2-for-3), Weiss (2-for-4), Cappadona and Riebesell (2-for-5),
- Pitching: Hennessey (win 5-3, complete game, eight hits, five runs, five earned, two walks, seven strikeouts)
- The Mules had 15 hits, drew three walks and left 10 on base.
- The hosts committed two errors in game one, leading to zero unearned runs.
- Washington was the first team this season to draw two base on balls against Hennessey. Entering today's contest, the Muhlenberg pitcher had allowed just five free passes.
Muhlenberg 8 Washington College 1 (Game 2)
How It Happened
- The Mules took a quick 2-0 lead in the last of the first when Riebesell homered to left with one out to plate John Serruto.
- In the top of the fourth, the Shoremen cut it to 2-1 with two outs on a base hit through the left side by D'Ostilio to drive in Tancredi.
- Muhlenberg pushed the lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning when Jon Capra socked a three-run home run to left-center to plate both Serruto and Riebesell.
- Reitmeyer homered to lead off the sixth to make it 6-1 and he scored on a long ball by Grillo in the last of the eighth to cap the scoring.
For The Shoremen (23-13, 7-7 CC)
- Hitting: D'Ostilio (1-for-3, RBI), Tancredi (1-for-4, run)
- Pitching: Matt Furlong (loss 3-1, 4 2/3 innings, nine hits, five runs, five earned, zero walk, two strikeouts)
- Washington had seven hits and drew two walks, while leaving eight on base.
- The Shoremen had zero errors in the game.
For Muhlenberg (15-16, 7-6 CC)
- Hitting: Serruto (2-for-4, two runs), Riebesell (2-for-4, two runs, two RBI), Capra (three RBI), Reitmeyer (2-for-2, two runs), Grillo (2-for-4, two RBI)
- Pitching: Matthew D'Ambrosia (win 4-2, eight innings, five hits, one run, one earned, two walks, 11 strikeouts)
- The Mules notched 12 hits, drew zero walks and had two players get on via hit by pitch as they left five on base.
- The hosts had no errors in game two.
- Lozupone tallied his 125th career hit in the top of the seventh inning on a single up middle. He is the 16th member of the Shoremen Nine to reach 125 all-time hits.
4/24 @ Johns Hopkins – 3:30 p.m. (Centennial Conference game)