Gillmer Hits Inside-The-Park Home Run in Game Two to Highlight 13-9 Win after Garnet win Opener, 11-3
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College split a Centennial Conference doubleheader against visiting #4 Swarthmore on Saturday at afternoon Athey Baseball Park. In game one, the Garnet jumped out to an 8-0 lead on their way to an 11-3 win, while in game two, the Shoremen used a seven-run bottom of the fifth inning to turn a 3-1 deficit into an 8-3 lead as they came away with a 13-9 victory. The Shoremen improve to 18-3 overall, picked up their first win against a top four ranked team since 2013. The Garnet are now 13-5 overall. Both teams are 1-1 in conference play as it was the conference opener for both teams.
#4 Swarthmore 11 Washington College 3 (Game 1)
How It Happened
- In the top of the third inning, Charles Levitt got Swarthmore on the board with a single to center to score Jared Gillen to make it 1-0. Levitt would come around to score on a double left-center off the bat of Jackson Roberts with two away to give the Garnet a two-run lead.
- In the top of the fifth, the Garnet busted the game open with a six-run frame. Luke Mutz scored courtesy of a muffed throw to make it 3-0 with nobody out. With one away, Levitt singled through the right side to plate Sam Jacobson to give the guests a four-run edge and Levitt scored on a Cole Beeker two-bagger to center to plate Levitt to push the advantage to five. The Garnet completed the six-run outburst with one out single through right side by Michael Sepe with one out and with two away Holden Bridge doubled to left to drive in two that gave Swarthmore an 8-0 lead.
- Washington scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 8-2 before Swarthmore restored its eight-run advantage with two in the top of the seventh.
- Both teams scored a run in the ninth to provide the final margin.
For The Shoremen (17-3)
- Hitting: Ben Ruvo (3-for-3, two runs), Tommy Buckman (2-for-4)
- Pitching: Smith (loss 4-1, 4 1/3 innings, nine hits, eight runs, eight earned, two walks, four strikeouts)
- Washington had 10 hits, had one player get on via hit by pitch and drew one walk, while leaving seven on base.
- The Shoremen had one error in the game, but did not lead to an unearned run.
For #4 Swarthmore (13-4)
- Hitting: Sepe (3-for-5, four RBI, two runs, home run), Levitt (2-for-5, two runs, two RBI), Gillen (2-for-5, run),
- Pitching: Jack Corkery (win 3-0, seven innings, seven hits, two runs, one earned, zero walks, 12 strikeouts)
- The Garnet notched 13 hits and drew four walks as they left five on base.
- The visitors had one error in the game, leading to one unearned run.
- Ben Ruvo was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Player of the Game on the webcast of the contest.
Washington College 13 #4 Swarthmore 9 (Game 2)
How It Happened
- The Garnet scored three times in the top of the fifth to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead, scoring all three with two outs on three consecutive triples.
- Down 3-1 entering the last of the fifth inning, Washington scored seven times to take an 8-3 lead with the help of two Swarthmore errors that led to four unearned runs for WC. With nobody out, Aaron Barclay socked a three-run homer to left-center to plate Luke D'Ostilio and Ryan Zwier. Leading 4-3 and with two outs, back-to-back fielding miscues by the Garnet led to a Max Ruvo run to make it 5-3.
- CJ Gillmer would hit a three-run inside-the-park home run to cap the seven-run outburst that also plated Ben Ruvo and Ryan Colbert. Gillmer hit the ball to center and took a crazy hop over the head of Gillen. On the close play at the plate, Gillmer was able to knock the ball out of the glove of Jacobson on the slide to complete the inside-the-park homer and give the Shoremen a five-run cushion.
- The Garnet chipped away at the lead with two in the top of the sixth on back-to-back home runs by Beeker and Roberts leading off the frame to cut the lead to 8-5 and two more in the top half of the seventh on a two-run blast by Beeker that also scored Levitt with two away to trim the deficit to 8-7.
- In the last of the seventh, Washington got two runs to push the lead to 10-7 on one out, two-run single to left by Gillmer that chased in Max Ruvo and Colbert.
- Bridge came home on a one out groundout off the bat of Mutz to trim the Shoremen's lead to 10-8 in the top of the eighth.
- The Shoremen would score three times in the bottom of the eighth to grab a five-run bulge on two RBI singles and a sacrifice fly. Swarthmore would score once in the top of the ninth to round out the scoring.
For The Shoremen (18-3)
- Hitting: Gillmer (2-for-4, career-high five RBI, home run), Barclay (3-for-5, home run, three RBI, two runs), Max Ruvo (3-for-4, two runs), Hammond (2-for-4, RBI), Colbert and Zwier (two runs)
- Pitching: Nick Brauer (win 3-0, five innings, seven hits, five runs, five earned, one walk, six strikeouts)
- Washington had 12 hits, drew seven walks and had three hitters reach via hit by pitch, while leaving six on base.
- The Shoremen had one error in the game, helping Swarthmore to two unearned runs.
For #4 Swarthmore (13-5)
- Hitting: Roberts (3-for-5, home run, two RBI), Beeker (2-for-4, three RBI, two runs, two home runs), Gillen (2-for-5, two runs), Levitt (2-for-5), Bridge (two runs)
- Pitching: Sawyer Lake (loss 2-2, 4 2/3 innings, seven hits, eight runs, four earned, five walks, four strikeouts)
- The Garnet notched 12 hits and drew three walks as they left five on base.
- Swarthmore had two errors in game two, leading to four unearned runs for WC.
- Gillmer was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Player of the Game on the webcast of the contest. His inside-the-park homer was his first career home run.
- The last time Washington downed a top four ranked team was on April 23, 2013 when the Shoremen downed #3 Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, 7-3, behind a complete game effort by Kyle Aldrich '13.
- Washington and Swarthmore combined for five home runs in the game as the guests went deep three times and the hosts hit a pair.
- It was WC's second win versus a ranked squad this year as they won at #20 Salisbury on February 27, 10-7.
3/31 @ Stevenson (2) – 12:00 p.m. (Non-Conference Doubleheader)