Mikulus Strikes Out Career-Best Eight and Robertson Ties Personal-Best in Hits with Four and Notches Save
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Junior P.J. Mikulus (Plainview, N.Y./Chaminade) struck out a career-best eight hitters over 6 2/3 innings and fellow junior Wes Robertson (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) tied his career-high in hits with four, tallied the go ahead base hit and recorded the final out on the mound to pick up the save as host Washington College downed visiting McDaniel, 3-1, on Tuesday afternoon in a Centennial Conference baseball game at Athey Baseball Park.
Washington College 3 McDaniel 1
How It Happened
- In the bottom of the second inning, the Shoremen had runners on second base and third base with one out, but McDaniel pitcher Zach Fortuna got out of the jam with a line out for the second out and fly out for the third.
- The Green Terror scored the game's first run in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Eric Grantland that scored Antonio Rosanova with nobody out. Rosanova reached when he struck out swinging on a wild pitch and reached all the way to second leading off the frame. He would steal third base during the Grantland at bat and scored on the sac fly.
- Washington scored twice in the last of the fifth to grab its first lead of the game at 2-1. The hosts tied the game when Matt Tancredi doubled down the right field line with one to score Luke D'Ostilio who had doubled the right in the prior at bat. Two batters later, Robertson gave WC a 2-1 lead on a base hit through the left side with two away to plate Tancredi.
- The Shoremen extended their lead to 3-1 when Gavin O'Donnell deposited a double down the left field line with one away in the bottom of the sixth that chased home Evan Hirschbaum.
- In the top of the seventh, the Green Terror tallied a pair of back-to-back singles with two outs to chase Shoremen starting pitcher Mikulus. Shoremen relief pitcher Sean Weiss came in to end the threat as he got McDaniel pinch hitter Chris Morris to pop out to Joe Lozupone in shallow left-center.
- The Green Terror got runners on first and second with one out in the top of the eighth, but Weiss got a strikeout and fly out to quelch the rally.
- Washington loaded the bases in the bottom of the eight with one out, but McDaniel pitcher Nathan Miller got Robertson to hit into a double play to end the frame.
- In the top of the ninth, following a base hit on a line drive comebacker by Tyler O'Shea, Robertson was brought in to face Green Terror pinch hitter Kaleb Reitz. Robertson struck out Reitz looking on a pitch on the outside corner to end the game.
For The Shoremen (13-18, 4-7 CC)
- Hitting: Robertson (4-for-5, RBI), D'Ostilio (2-for-4, walk, run), Aaron Barclay (2-for-4), Tancredi (2-for-5, run, RBI), O'Donnell (1-for-3, RBI, hit by pitch)
- Pitching: Mikulus (win 1-2, 6 2/3 innings, four hits, one run, one earned, two walks, eight strikeouts), Weiss (two scoreless and hitless innings of relief, two hits, one walk, two strikeouts), Robertson (save 2, 1/3 inning, one strikeout)
- Washington had 13 hits, drew two walks and had one player reach via hit by pitch, while leaving 13 on base.
- The Shoremen had one error in the game, but it did not lead to a Green Terror run.
For McDaniel (11-17, 3-8 CC)
- Hitting: O'Shea (2-for-4), Rosanova (1-for-3, walk, run)
- Pitching: Fortuna (loss 3-6, five innings, seven hits, two runs, two earned, one walk, three strikeouts)
- The Green Terror notched six hits and drew three walks as they left eight on base.
- The visitors had one error in the loss, leading to zero unearned runs for Washington.
- Robertson was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Player of the Game on the webcast of the contest. It was his second career four-hit game as he had his other four-hit effort in game two of a doubleheader versus Scranton on March 14.
- Prior to today, Mikulus' previous high in strikeouts was six, which he did on six different occasions.
- Tancredi extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games on his fifth inning RBI double.
4/21 @ McDaniel – 3:30 p.m. (Centennial Conference game)
- The Shoremen have won past their five trips to McDaniel.