Shoremen Pay Back Diplomats, 4-3

Shoremen Pay Back Diplomats, 4-3

Wilcox Drives In A Pair Along With Hitting A Home Run

CHESTERTOWN, MD – Host Washington College scored a run each in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to rally from a 2-1 deficit to top visiting Franklin & Marshall, 4-3, on Friday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park in Centennial Conference baseball action.  The Shoremen are now 16-12 overall and 7-5 in the conference, while the Diplomats fall to 17-12 and 9-3 respectively.  Washington reverses a 10-3 loss to F&M yesterday afternoon in Lancaster, PA.

Franklin & Marshall scored a run in the top of the third inning when Will Benenson singled down the left field line to score Matt Will and put F&M up 1-0.  However in the bottom half of the third, Washington tied it when sophomore Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of freshman Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) to level the score at 1-1.

In the top of the fifth, the Diplomats regained the lead when Zach Honecker scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat J.T. Triantos to put F&M up 2-1.

The Shoremen tied it 2-2 in the last of the sixth when with the bases loaded, junior Dwight Wilcox (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) plated junior Ryan Normoyle (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) on a groundout to shortstop to even the contest.

Normoyle put the hosts up in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out single up the middle that chased home Connole and gave Washington a 3-2 lead.  One frame later, Wilcox launched a solo home run to left field with one out to put the Shoremen up 4-2. 

In the top of the ninth, F&M cut the lead to 4-3 when Will singled to right-center with two away to score Aaron Gillette from second.  However, the next batter Triantos lined out to sophomore Joe Willis (Mullica Hill, NJ/Kingsway Regional) at third base to end the game.

For Washington, Normoyle was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in the win.  Connole scored twice, while Wilcox drove in two runs.  On the mound, sophomore pitcher Joe Kearney-Argow (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) got the win and improves to 3-3.  He went eight innings and gave up just two runs, while scattering seven hits.  Sophomore pitcher Kyle Aldrich (Warren, NJ/Watchung Hills Regional) pitched the ninth inning to record his second save of 2011.

For F&M, Will was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI.  He reached base in all five plate appearances as he walked twice.  On the mound, Michael Morgenstern takes the loss and drops to 1-1 as he allowed the single to Normoyle in the seventh inning that put Washington up for good.

Washington travels to Haverford on Sunday afternoon for a Centennial Conference twin bill with first pitch at 1:00 p.m.  It was originally scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, but postponed until Sunday due to the impending rain.