Washington Sweeps Wheaton, 6-1 and 8-1
FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Washington College got complete game victories by sophomore pitcher Mike Smith (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) and freshman hurler Jonah Frankel (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Harriton) as they swept Wheaton (Ill.) 6-1 and 8-1 respectively on Friday afternoon at Bob Gladwin Stadium. The Shoremen are now 11-0 overall this season. The Thunder fall to 7-2 as they entered today's twinbill at 7-0.
Washington College 6 Wheaton (Ill.) 1 (Game 1)
How It Happened
- The Shoremen used a pair of doubles for the game's first run in the top of the third inning as Joe Otto hit a two-bagger to left field with one out and scored on a two-out double to left-center by Ben Ruvo. It was the first earned run Thunder pitcher Michael McCraith has allowed this season.
- Wheaton leveled the game in the last of the third on an RBI groundout with nobody out by Nick Mailman that scored Noah Ritchie. The Thunder had a runner on third base with one out, but Smith got a strikeout and a comebacker to keep the game level.
- In the top of the sixth, Dylan Nepert singled to left to plate CJ Gillmer on an unearned run with two outs to put the Shoremen ahead 2-1.
- Washington broke open the game with a four-run top of the seventh inning highlighted by a Ryan Zwier two-run single that scored both Chris Kramedas and Aaron Deutsch that made it 5-1 with one away.
For The Shoremen (10-0)
- Hitting: Zwier (2-for-4, two RBI), Barclay (2-for-4, RBI), Otto (2-for-3, run), Gillmer (two runs)
- Pitching: Smith (win 3-0, complete game four-hitter, one run, one earned, one walk, four strikeouts)
- Washington had 10 hits and drew one walk while leaving six on base.
- The Shoremen had no errors in the game.
For Wheaton (7-1)
- Hitting: Joel Pierce (2-for-3, two stolen bases)
- Pitching: McCraith (loss 2-1, 6 1/3 innings, eight hits, six runs, five earned, one walk, 11 strikeouts)
- The Thunder notched four hits and drew one base on balls as they left three on base.
- Wheaton had one error in the contest, leading to one Washington run.
- Smith tossed his first career complete game with the victory and seven innings is the longest he has gone as a Shoreman.
- Just three pitchers were used in the contest.
Washington College 8 Wheaton (Ill.) 1 (Game 2)
How It Happened
- The Shoremen got a two-run two-bagger off the bat of Zwier in the bottom of the first inning that scored both Gillmer and Otto just three batters into the game to give Washington a 2-0 edge.
- Washington extended its lead with a five-run bottom of the second to lead 7-0 after two as the Shoremen sent 10 men to the dish. Gillmer doubled home Kramedas to make it 3-0 and the next hitter Otto chased home both Deutsch and Gillmer on a two-bagger of his own to push the advantage to five. Zwier capped the scoring with a two-run homer to left to also score Otto.
- The Thunder got onto the board in the top of the fourth with a one out sacrifice fly to left by Evan Ogden that scored Nick Mailman as Mailman led off the frame with a triple to left-center.
- Barclay would cap the scoring the bottom of the sixth when he doubled to left to score Otto with two away.
For The Shoremen (11-0)
- Hitting: Zwier (2-for-4, home run, four RBI), Otto (2-for-3, three runs, two RBI), Gillmer (2-for-4, two runs), Tommy Buckman (2-for-3)
- Pitching: Frankel (win 2-0, complete game three-hitter, one run, one earned, zero walks, seven strikeouts)
- Washington had 13 hits, had one play get on via hit by pitch and worked out one free pass, while leaving five on base.
- The Shoremen had zero errors in the contest.
For Wheaton (7-2)
- Hitting: Mailman (1-for-3, run), Ogden (RBI)
- Pitching: Christian Bolhuis (loss 2-1, two innings, eight hits, seven runs, seven earned, one walk, three strikeouts), Luke Krem (four innings, five hits, one run, one earned, zero walks, five strikeouts)
- The Thunder notched three hits and did not draw a walk as they left one on base.
- Wheaton did not have an error in game two.
- Entering today's twinbill, Wheaton (Ill.) had scored 73 runs in its first seven games, a clip of just under 10.5 runs per contest.
- With the current 11-game winning streak during a single-season, which is just the sixth time in program history the Shoremen have won consecutive double digit games.
3/16 v. Cairn @ Fort Pierce, Fla. – 8:30 a.m. (Non-Conference Doubleheader)
- Team's final two games in Florida.
- Two teams will square off in Chestertown on March 25.
- Cairn and Washington split a pair of games last season.