Shoremen Finish with Third Most Wins in a Single Season in Split Versus Bears

Shoremen Finish with Third Most Wins in a Single Season in Split Versus Bears

Barclay Reaches 100-Career Hit Plateau

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Visiting Washington College and host Ursinus split a Centennial Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Thomas Field in the season final two contests for the Shoremen in 2018.  The Bears won the opener 3-1 and the Shoremen captured game two by a 13-10 score.  Junior Aaron Barclay (Crofton, Md./Archbishop Spalding) became the fourth Shoremen this season and 33rd in team history to record 100 all-time hits as he achieved his milestone hit on a solo home run in the top of the third inning of game two.  The Shoremen finish their season 24-16 overall and 8-10 in the Centennial with the 24 victories the third most in team history.  The Bears are now 10-20-1 overall and 5-11-1 in the conference.

Ursinus 3 Washington College 1 (Game 1)

How It Happened
- Ursinus scored with one out in the bottom of the first inning when Alex Mumme doubled down the left field line to score Carter Usowski.
- Brian Varani socked a solo home run to left-center with two away to give the Bears a 2-0 lead.   
- The Shoremen trimmed the lead to 2-1 in the top of the fifth when Gavin O'Donnell homered over the fence in left-center.
- Ursinus scored the final run of the game in the last of the eighth with one away when Tom Jacobs scored on a fielding error by the Shoremen.
- Washington had the tying run at the plate in the top of the ninth with two outs, but Ursinus pitcher Nolan Graber got Evan Hirschbaum to fly out to right to end the game.

For The Shoremen (23-16, 7-10 CC)
- Hitting: O'Donnell (1-for-3, home run)
- Pitching: Nick Roberti (loss 3-1, seven-plus innings, 11 hits, three runs, three earned, one walk, six strikeouts)
- Washington had six hits and drew zero walks, while leaving three on base.
- The Shoremen had two errors in the game, but did not lead to a run for Ursinus.

For Ursinus (10-19-1, 5-10-1 CC)
- Hitting: Usowski (3-for-5, run), Travis Kozak (2-for-5), Dom Fiorentino (2-for-3)
- Pitching: Graber (win 4-3, complete game, six hits, one runs, one earned, zero walks, nine strikeouts)
- The Bears had 12 hits, drew one walk, had a player get on via hit by pitch and left 12 on base.
- The hosts committed zero errors in game one.

Notes
- Roberti recorded his career-high in strikeouts with six.

Washington College 13 Ursinus 10 (Game 2)

How It Happened
- Trailing 2-1 entering the top of the second, Washington scored five times to take a 6-2 lead.  With nobody out, Ryan Donnelly worked out a bases loaded walk to score CJ Gillmer to even the game at 2-2.  Barclay put the Shoremen ahead for good at 4-2 with a two-run single to right to score both Joe Lozupone and Chris Kramedas.  Barclay and Donnelly then executed a double steal with Donnelly scoring to make it 5-2 and with one out Barclay came home on a base hit to left by Hirschbaum.
- In the top of the third, Kramedas plated Lozupone on a two-bagger to left-center to extend the edge to 7-2 and Kramedas would score on a two-run homer by Donnelly to right to make it 9-2.  WC would go back-to-back home runs when Barclay socked a longball to left for his 100th career hit to cap a four-run outburst and give the guests a 10-2 lead.
- Trailing 12-4 entering the bottom of the fifth, Ursinus scored five times to trim the lead to 12-9.  With one away, Eric Gross doubled down the left field line to plate Jerry Scavone to cut the lead to 12-5.  Three batters later, Gross came home on a fielder's choice to trim the deficit to 12-6.  With two away, Kozak scored on a single to center by Mike Stanziale to make it 12-7 and Mumme would come home on a fielding error by the Shoremen to reduce the cushion to 12-8.  Ursinus capped the rally on an infield single to third by Fiorentino to score Stanizale.  The Bears did get the tying run to the plate, Scavone popped out to second base to end the inning.
- WC scored once in the top of the sixth and Ursinus plated a run in the last of the eighth.  The Bears had the tying run at the plate with two away in the last of the eighth, but Washington pitcher Nick Popolizio got Kozak to fly out to center to end it.  Popolizio got Ursinus in order in the last of the ninth to end the game.

For The Shoremen (24-16, 8-10 CC)
- Hitting: Donnelly (3-for-3, personal-best four RBI, three runs, home run), Barclay (2-for-6, two runs, three RBI, home run), Luke D'Ostilio (2-for-5), Lozupone (3-for-4, three runs), Kramedas (two runs)
- Pitching: Sean Weiss (win 2-1, 2 2/3 innings, one hit, zero runs and walks, one strikeout), Popolizio (save 6, 1 1/3 innings, zero hits, runs and walks, one strikeout)
- Washington had 14 hits, drew five walks and had three get on via hit by pitch, while leaving six on base.
- The Shoremen had one error in the game, leading to two Bears' runs.

For Ursinus (10-20-1, 5-11-1 CC)
- Hitting: Stanziale (3-for-6, two RBI, two runs), Kozak (2-for-6, two runs), Fiorentino (3-for-5, three RBI), Scavone (2-for-5), Gross (3-for-5, two RBI)
- Pitching: Steve DiStefano (loss 1-3, one plus inning, three hits, five runs, five earned, three walks, zero strikeouts)
- The Bears notched 16 hits, drew two walks and had three players get on via hit by pitch as they left 12 on base.
- The hosts had one error in game two, but did not lead to a run.

Notes
- Washington played its most regular season games ever at 40 and it was just the second time in program history that the team played 40 contests in a season.  The 2012 team played 40 times, going 28-12 and reached the Centennial Conference Tournament final as the team played 37 regular season games that year.
- The only two teams with more wins in program history were 28 in 2012 and 26 in 2016. 
- Barclay joins Lozupone (February 24 versus Lancaster Bible), Matt Tancredi (April 13 versus Haverford) and D'Ostilio (April 27 against Johns Hopkins) to achieve their 100th career hit in 2018.
- Popolizio pitched his final game of his Shoremen career in his hometown of Collegeville, Pa.
- Today was the last game for 11 seniors and they were Donnelly, Hirschbaum, Lozupone, O'Donnell, Popolizio, Tancredi, Weiss, Mike Bartels, Chris Bauers, Brian Kasey and P.J. Mikulus.