Blue Jays Rally to Spoil Shoremen’s Home Finale, 7-3

Blue Jays Rally to Spoil Shoremen’s Home Finale, 7-3

D'Ostilio Chalks Up His 100th Career Hit

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting Johns Hopkins overcame a 3-1 deficit entering the eighth inning by scoring three times in both the top of the eighth and ninth innings to come away with a 7-3 win over host Washington College on Friday afternoon in a Centennial Conference baseball game at Athey Baseball Park in the home finale for the Shoremen.  The Blue Jays improve to 25-11 overall and 13-3 in Centennial play with the win, while the Shoremen fall to 23-15 and 7-9 respectively.  Junior Luke D'Ostilio (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) became the 32nd Washington College baseball player to notch 100 career hits as he picked up the milestone hit on a base hit to right field in the bottom of the second inning.

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How It Happened
- The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a base hit up the middle by Austin Sacks to score Mike Smith.
- Washington would score twice in the bottom of the third inning to take a 2-1 lead.  With nobody out, Ryan Donnelly scored Joe Lozupone on a squeeze bunt to tie the game at 1-1.  With one away, Aaron Barclay hit a ground out to shortstop to plate TC Conrad to give the hosts a one-run lead.
- Two innings later, Lozupone scored on a two out fielding error by Johns Hopkins to give the Shoremen a two-run lead at 3-1 after five.
- With one away in the top of the eighth, Frank Clara homered to left to trim the Shoremen lead to 3-2.  Smith would tie the game, 3-3, as he scored on a fielder's choice.  Johns Hopkins would take the lead for good on a two out single to centerfield by Chris DeGiacomo that chased home Zach Jaffe to cap the three-run inning. 
- Washington had pinch runner David Hudak at second with two outs in the last of the eighth when D'Ostilio ripped a base hit to center and Hudak tried to score from second, but the throw from DeGiacomo was in time and Blue Jays' catcher Alex Darwiche tagged out Hudak to preserve the 4-3 lead.
- In the top of the ninth, the visitors took advantage of a two-out error to score three unearned runs after the first two Blue Jays were retired.  Sacks singled down the right field line to drive in both Clara and Smith to make it 6-3 and Jaffe scored during a run down of Sacks to cap the three-run frame and provide the final margin

For The Shoremen (23-15, 7-9 CC)
- Hitting: Lozupone (2-for-4, two runs), Conrad (2-for-2, run), D'Ostilio and Evan Hirschbaum (2-for-4)
- Pitching: P.J. Mikulus (7 1/3 innings, six hits, three runs, three earned, four walks, two strikeouts), Nick Popolizio (loss 1-6, 1 1/3 innings, two hits, four runs, one earned, two walks, zero strikeouts)
- Washington had 10 hits and drew zero walks, while leaving five on base.
- The Shoremen had two errors in the game, leading to three Blue Jays runs.

For Johns Hopkins (25-11, 13-3 CC)
- Hitting: Clara (2-for-4, two runs, home run), Sacks (2-for-4, three RBI), Smith (three runs), Jaffe (2-for-4, two runs)
- Pitching: Harrison Folk (win 3-1, three scoreless innings, three hits, zero walks, zero strikeouts)
- The Blue Jays notched nine hits, drew six walks and had one player reach via hit by pitch as they left nine on base.
- The visitors had four errors in the win, leading to two unearned runs for Washington.

Notes
- Mikulus was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Player of the Game on the webcast of the contest.  He totaled his 125th career strikeout when he got Dillon Bowman looking for the second out of the fourth inning.
- D'Ostilio joins Lozupone and Matt Tancredi as the three Shoremen to register their 100th career hit this season.
- With the loss, the Shoremen's Centennial Conference Tournament hopes were dashed.

Up Next
4/28 @ Ursinus – 12:30 p.m. (Centennial Conference doubleheader)
- Teams split a twinbill last season in Chestertown.
- Season Finale.