Smith Strikes Out 12 in Game One Victory and Zwier Hits Go Ahead Home Run in Game Two Win as Team is Off to Best Start After 17 Games
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College swept a non-conference doubleheader against visiting Penn College of Technology on Saturday at afternoon Athey Baseball Park. The Shoremen took game one, 1-0, behind a 12-strikeout, three-hit performance from sophomore pitcher Mike Smith (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) and rallied from 9-5 down to win, 10-9, in game two with a two-run, two-out home run in the bottom of the sixth inning from junior Ryan Zwier (Newark, Del./Christ School [N.C.]) being the go ahead hit. The Shoremen improve to 16-1 overall, their best mark after 17 games in team history, while the Wildcats drop to 2-8.
Washington College 1 Penn College of Technology 0 (Game 1)
How It Happened
- Washington scored the lone run of the game on a base hit to centerfield with two outs in the bottom of the first by Joe Otto that scored CJ Gillmer.
- Smith retired the first 15 Wildcats he faced and was six outs away from a perfect game, but Samuel Zeigler led off the top of the sixth with a single to right-center that WC centerfielder Chris Kramedas got a glove on during a diving attempt but hit the edge of his glove and landed for Penn College's first hit.
- Later in the top of the sixth inning, Alex Zelger got a two-out walk, but Smith struck out Jacob Carles to end the inning.
- The Wildcats got two on in top of the seventh on a pair of base hits, but Smith got Zeigler to fly out to TC Conrad in the gap in right-center to end the game.
For The Shoremen (15-1)
- Hitting: Gillmer (2-for-3, run), Otto (1-for-3, RBI)
- Pitching: Smith (win 4-0, complete game three-hit shutout, one walk, career-best 12 strikeouts)
- Washington had six hits, had one player get on via hit by pitch and drew two walks, while leaving seven on base.
- The Shoremen had no errors in the game.
For Penn College (2-7)
- Hitting: Zeigler, Colton Riley and Cole Hofmann (1-for-3)
- Pitching: Devon Sanders (loss 0-3, six innings, six hits, one run, one earned, two walks, three strikeouts)
- The Wildcats notched three hits and drew one walk as they left four on base.
- The visitors had zero errors in the game.
- Smith was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Player of the Game on the webcast of the contest.
- The 12 strikeouts by Smith were the most by a Washington pitcher since Billy Griffin '17 fanned 12 Muhlenberg hitters on April 23, 2017.
Washington College 10 Penn College of Technology 9 (Game 2)
How It Happened
- The Wildcats scored four times in the top of the first inning capped by a Alex Flicker double to right that plated Riley to give Penn College a 4-0 lead.
- Washington got two back in the bottom of the second on a RBI groundout by Max Hammond and an RBI base hit up the middle by Ryan Colbert to trim the lead to 4-2.
- The Shoremen scored three times in the last of the third to take a 5-4 lead. Aaron Barclay plated Luke D'Ostilio on a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 4-4 with one away and with two outs Zwier scored on a single up the middle by Tommy Buckman to give WC a one-run edge.
- Penn College erupted for five runs in the top of the fifth to take a 9-5 lead. The Wildcats loaded the bases with nobody out and Brittan Kittle put the visitors ahead 6-5 on a two-run single to left-center that plated both Zelger and Carles. Leading 7-5 with two outs, Brayden Lippert drove in both Riley and Zeigler on a two-run single down the left field line.
- In the bottom of the sixth, Washington returned the favor with a five-spot of its own to retake the lead. With one away and the bases loaded Gillmer doubled down the left field line to score both Jack Kingman and Colbert to cut the lead to 9-7. The next hitter D'Ostilio grounded out to second base, but it scored Kramedas to make it 9-8. Penn College would summon in Andrew Gilbert to face Zwier and Zwier greeted Gilbert with a two-run homer over the fence in left field to also score Gillmer to make it 10-9 with two away.
- The Wildcats were retired 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh to end the game.
For The Shoremen (16-1)
- Hitting: Zwier (1-for-4, two runs, home run, three RBI), Gillmer (1-for-3, two runs, two RBI), Colbert (1-for-2, run, RBI, walk)
- Pitching: Connor Morgan (win 2-0, 1 2/3 innings, one hit, zero runs, one walk), Alex Bendzlowicz (save 1, one inning and retired the side in order)
- Washington had five hits, drew six walks and had two hitters reach via hit by pitch, while leaving three on base.
- The Shoremen had two errors in the game, leading to two Penn College unearned runs.
For Penn College (2-8)
- Hitting: Flicker (2-for-3, RBI), Carles (1-for-2, two runs, two walks), Richard Lennon and Zelger (1-for-3, two runs, walk), Riley (two runs)
- Pitching: Gilbert (loss 0-1, 1/3 inning, one hit, one run, one earned)
- The Wildcats notched eight hits and drew five walks as they left three on base.
- The visitors had one error in game two, leading to one unearned run for WC.
- Zwier was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Player of the Game on the webcast of the contest.
- Bendzlowicz notched his first career save as WC is now 5-0 in one-run games.
- Prior to 2019, Washington's best mark after 17 games was 15-2 in 2012.
3/25 v. Cairn – 3:30 p.m. (Non-Conference Game)
- Washington swept Cairn in Florida on March 16, 5-4 and 6-4.