Shoremen and Bullets Split Centennial Conference Doubleheader

Shoremen and Bullets Split Centennial Conference Doubleheader

Shoremen Score Six Times In Top of the Ninth In Game One To Win 10-6; Fall In Game Two In 10 Innings, 5-4

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Visiting Washington College and host Gettysburg split a Centennial Conference baseball doubleheader at Kirchoff Field in on Saturday afternoon.  The Shoremen rallied from a 5-1 deficit in game one to tally a 10-6 win in game one, scoring six times in the top of the ninth inning after entering the frame down 5-4, while the Bullets earned a split with a 5-4 win in 10 innings.  The Shoremen are now 16-6 overall and 7-2 in the Centennial, while the Bullets are now 14-9 and 3-4 respectively.

In game one, the Bullets led 5-4 going into the top of the ninth inning before the Shoremen offense exploded for six runs to take a 10-5 lead.  With nobody out, sophomore Logan Dubbé (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) scored on a base hit by junior Bryan Baquer (Woodbridge, Va./Osbourn Park) to level the game at 5-5.  With one away, freshman Joe Lozupone (Olney, Md./Good Cousel) put WC ahead for the first with a two-run single through the right side to score both sophomore Evan Hirschbaum (Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) and freshman Wes Robertson (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) to make it 7-5.  The next hitter, senior Kyle Mikula (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) singled to the pitcher to plate junior Garrett Richardello (Coventry, Conn./East Catholic) to give the Shoremen a three-run lead.  Lozupone came around to score on a two-bagger by sophomore Charlie Meder (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) to make it 9-5 and the scoring was capped on a base hit right by senior Brian Alexa (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) to drive in Mikula.

The Bullets got one run in the last of the ninth, but did not get the tying run to the plate.

In the top of the first, Alexa scored on a two-out double to left-center of the bat of Hirschbaum.  The Bullets took the lead with a two-run last of the first to take a 2-1 lead on a one-out single down the right field line to score both Connor Tom and Steve Wright.

Gettysburg scored twice more in the last of the second to push the lead to 4-1.  Shawn Moffitt plated Will Anderson on a double to the gap in left-center to make it 3-1 with nobody out and Moffitt scored on a double steal with two away to extend the lead to three.  The Bullets made it 5-1 in the bottom of the third when with two outs, Moffitt singled to center to score Cory Karagjozi.

The Shoremen trimmed the lead to 5-2 with one away in the top of the fourth when Lozupone doubled down the right field line to score Robertson.  WC got two in the top of the fifth to cut the lead to 5-4.  Baquer hit a two-bagger to right to plate Alexa with nobody out to cut the Gettysburg lead to two and the cushion was trimmed to one on a sacrifice fly by Hirschbaum to score Dubbé.  The score would remain that way until the top of the ninth.

Alexa and Robertson had three hits each and both scored twice as the Shoremen pounded out 18 hits in the win.  Lozupone had three RBI to tie for game-high and had a pair of hits.  Baquer and Hirschbaum had two hits and two RBI, while Dubbé had two hits and two runs scored.  On the mound, freshman pitcher Nick Popolizio (Collegeville, Pa./Germantown Academy) got his first collegiate win to improve to 1-1.  He went three innings, giving up one run on three hits, walking one and striking out two.

Tom had three hits and two runs scored for Gettysburg as the Bullets had 13 hits in the first game.  Kilmowicz had three RBI and two hits, while Moffitt had three hits and two RBI.  Anderson notched a pair of hits for the Bullets.  On the mound, Luke Lawrence took the loss to fall to 1-2 as he went 4 1/3 innings, giving up four earned runs.

In game two, the Shoremen took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Dubbé socked a solo home run over the right field fence for the game's opening run.

The Bullets would take a 3-1 lead with three in the last of the fifth.  The game was tied on a one out double to left-center by Wright to score Moffitt.  Tom scored on an RBI groundout to third off the bat of Scott Zanghellini to put Gettysburg ahead 2-1 and Wright came home on a fielding error by WC to give the hosts a two-run lead.

The Shoremen scored twice in the top of the eighth to even the game at 3-3.  Freshman Mike Pugh (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) scored on a single up the middle with one away off the bat of Alexa and with two away Hirschbaum doubled to right-center to drive in Alexa to tie the contest.

In the last of the eighth, Anderson scored on a wild pitch with two outs to give the Bullets a 4-3 lead entering the top of the ninth.  Down the to their last out, Washington strung together two hits and a walk to tie the game at 4-4 as Meder scored on base hit down the right field line by Dubbé on a full count pitch. 

In the bottom of the 10th, the Bullets got a two out single to center by Moffitt.  The next batter, John Convery dropped down a bunt and beat the throw for a bunt single.  However, the throw to get him at first was off the mark and went down the right field line allowing Moffitt to score all the way from first base to win the game for the hosts and earn a split.

Five Bullets had two hits in the second game as the hosts had 13 total hits.  Anderson, Karagjozi, Moffitt, Wright and Mike Kielbasa each had two hits, with Moffitt scoring twice.  On the mound, Chase Stopyra got the win to improve to 2-1 as he went the final 2 1/3 innings.  He gave up one run on three hits, walking two and fanning one.  He relieved Brad DeMartino who pitched 7 2/3 sound innings for the Bullets.  He gave up three runs on six hits, walking one and striking out seven.

The Shoremen had nine hits in game two with Dubbé, Hirschbaum and Mikula each tallying two hits with Dubbé also plating a pair.  On the hill, Dubbé took the loss and drops to 0-1 as he went two innings.  Starting pitcher, freshman P.J. Mikulus (Plainview, N.Y./Chaminade) went the first six innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits.  He walked one and struck out six.

The Shoremen are back in action tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 p.m. versus visiting Swarthmore in a Centenial Conference baseball game.