Donnelly Walks-Off Western Connecticut In Game One and Gillmer Delivers Go Ahead Two-Run Single In Second Game
FORT PIERCE, Fla. – The Washington College baseball team opened its spring break trip in Florida by sweeping Western Connecticut in a doubleheader on Sunday at Lawnwood Baseball Complex. The Shoremen took game one, 2-1, on a walk-off sacrifice fly by senior Ryan Donnelly (Charlotte, N.C./Brother Rice [Mich.]) and rallied from 4-2 down to win, 5-4, in game two. Washington is 7-2 on the season now, while Western Connecticut falls to 2-3 as the two teams met for the first time. For the second time in three years, the Shoremen have won seven of their first nine ballgames, as the 2016 team opened 7-1-1.
Washington College 2 Western Connecticut 1 (Game 1)
How It Happened
- Washington had the first scoring chance of the game in the bottom of the third inning as Joe Lozupone led off the inning with a double to centerfield and was moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt. But Western Connecticut pitcher George Bielizna got a ground out and a line out to keep the game scoreless.
- The Colonials scored the game's opening run on a one out double in the top half of the fifth by Stanly Rijo that scored Adam Wilson. Western Connecticut loaded the bases with one away, but Shoremen pitcher P.J. Mikulus got an infield fly and force out to keep it a one-run game.
- In the last of the sixth, Luke D'Ostilio tied the game on a double to right field that scored Chris Kramedas all the way from first balf.
- Western Connecticut got a runner to second with two outs in the top of the seventh following a throwing error, but relief pitcher Nick Popolizio got Kyle McLean to strike out swinging to end the threat.
- Ryan Zwier led off the bottom of the seventh with a double to left and he would move up to third on an infield hit by Evan Hirschbaum. The next hitter, Matt Tancredi was intentionally walked to load the bases and the Shoremen sent up Donnelly to the dish. Donnelly would hit a sacrifice fly to center that was deep enough to score Zwier and win the game.
For The Shoremen (6-2)
- Hitting: D'Ostilio (2-for-3, RBI double), Zwier (1-for-3, double run)
- Pitching: Mikulus (6 2/3 innings, five hits, one runs, zero earned, one walk, four strikeouts), Popolizio (win 1-1, 1/3 inning, zero hits, runs and walks, one strikeout)
- Washington had five hits, drew one walk and had a runner reach via hit by pitch while leaving one on base.
- The Shoremen had five errors in the game, leading to the Colonials' lone run.
For Western Connecticut (2-2)
- Hitting: Moe Echevarria (2-for-3), Wilson (run)
- Pitching: Bielizna (loss 1-1, 6 1/3 innings, five hits, two runs, two earned, one walk, three strikeouts)
- The Colonials notched five hits and drew one walk as they left seven on base.
- The visitors had zero errors in the game.
- It was the Shoremen's first walk-off win of the season and the first since a 2-1 win over Haverford on April 12, 2017.
- Mikulus picked up his 100th career strikeout in the top of the fourth inning when he fanned Joe Daigle swinging.
Washington College 5 Western Connecticut 4 (Game 2)
How It Happened
- The Colonials struck for two runs in the bottom of the first inning to grab a quick 2-0 lead. Zach Sagar doubled to left field to score Bill Buscetto, Jr. with nobody out for the game's first run and Brett Shaw came home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Zach Piroh for the second run.
- Washington tied the game in the top of the third to level the game at 2-2. With one out, Zwier singled to left to score Chris Kramedas to cut the lead to 2-1 and the next batter Evan Hirschbaum hit a groundout to the pitcher to plate Aaron Barclay to tie it.
- Western Connecticut scored twice in the last of the third to take a 4-2 lead as with one away Matt Mancini singled to right to drive in both Shaw and Sagar.
- The Shoremen got one back in the top of the fourth when Kramedas hit a sacrifice fly to center to chase in Lozupone with one out to reduce the lead to 4-3.
- Washington took its first lead of the second game on a one out base hit to second base by CJ Gillmer that scored both Joe Otto and Matt Tancredi. Gillmer's ball to second was dove for by Rijo, but the ball got away and that allowed Tancredi to score.
- The Shoremen summoned in relief pitcher Sean Weiss to get the final six outs and he retired all six Colonials he faced to register the save.
For The Shoremen (7-2)
- Hitting: Zwier (2-for-4, RBI), Gillmer (two RBI), Lozupone (1-for-1, walk, run, two stolen bases)
- Pitching: Ethan Osgood (win 1-0, two scoreless innings of relief, one hit, zero walks, one strikeout), Weiss (save 2, two perfect innings of relief, three strikeouts)
- Washington had eight hits and worked out three walks, while leaving six on base.
- The Shoremen had one error in the game, but it did not lead to a Western Connecticut run.
For Western Connecticut (2-3)
- Hitting: Mancini (2-for-3, two RBI), Sagar (3-for-3, run, RBI), Shaw (2-for-4, two runs), Buscetto, Jr. (2-for-4, run)
- Pitching: Michael Esposito (loss 0-1, one hit, two runs, two earned, one walk), Kyle Cole (four innings, five hits, three runs, three earned, two walks, zero strikeouts)
- The Colonials notched nine hits and drew two walks as they left four on base.
- The visitors had one error in game two, leading to zero unearned runs for WC.
- Weiss tied his career high in strikeouts with three.
- Lozupone had his second career two stolen base game as he had his first on March 31, 2015 versus McDaniel.
- Osgood notched his first career win in the game two victory.
- Washington starting pitcher Nick Roberti grew up just outside of Danbury, Conn., the home of Western Connecticut, in New Fairfield, Conn.
- Western Connecticut's top three hitters, Buscetto, Jr., Shaw and Sagar had seven of the team's nine hits as they combined to go 7-for-11.
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