Washington Wins Opener 8-5 and Muhlenberg Grabs Game Two, 3-2
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College and visiting Muhlenberg split a Centennial Conference doubleheader on Saturday at afternoon Athey Baseball Park. In game one, the Shoremen took a 2-0 lead two batters into the game and never trailed on their way to an 8-5 victory and in game two the Mules raced out to a 3-0 lead and held off a rally from the Shoremen to win 3-2. The Shoremen are now 24-10 overall and 6-8 in the Centennial, while Mules are now 17-15 overall and 7-7 in the conference. Muhlenberg was the home team for the doubleheader as the twinbill was moved to Chestertown from Allentown, Pa. due to weather reasons.
Washington College 8 Muhlenberg 5 (Game 1)
How It Happened
- The Shoremen took a 2-0 lead just two hitters into the game as Chris Baker parked a home run over the right field fence in the top of the first inning as CJ Gillmer scored ahead of him.
- Jack Kingman made it 3-0 Washington as he singled through the right side to drive in Tommy Buckman with one away in the top of the fourth.
- Muhlenberg tallied a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to trim the lead to 3-2. With two outs, Jon Capra doubled to left to score Matt Riebesell for the Mules' first run and the next hitter, Brenden Weiss singled up the middle to score Capra.
- In the top of the fifth, Aaron Barclay singled to center with nobody out to plate Baker to make it 4-2 and the Shoremen made it a three-run lead on a sacrifice fly to right by Buckman to drive in Ryan Zwier.
- With two outs in the last of the fifth, Riebesell doubled to right-center to chase in Chris Grillo to cut the lead to 5-3.
- Ben Ruvo made it a 6-3 game when he stole third base with nobody out and scored on an errant throw by the Mules and with one away, Gillmer came home on a sac fly to center by Zwier to give WC a four-run advantage.
- Muhlenberg scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to make it 7-5. With one out, Weiss hit a two-bagger to center to score Capra and the next hitter Robert Cappadona grounded out to shortstop to drive in Capra. The Mules with two outs had the tying run at the dish in John Serruto, but Washington pitcher Ryan Mostoller got Serruto to ground out to Kingman at first to end the threat.
- Washington got a run in the top of the ninth as Ryan Colbert singled to center with two away to score David Hudak to round out the scoring. The Mules got one runner on in the bottom of the ninth, but did not get the tying run to the plate.
For The Shoremen (24-10, 6-7 CC)
- Hitting: Ben Ruvo (3-for-5, run), Baker (2-for-5, two runs, home run, two RBI), Gillmer (2-for-5, two runs), Zwier (2-for-3, RBI, run), Kingman (2-for-5, RBI), Luke D'Ostilio (2-for-5)
- Pitching: Mike Smith (win 6-2, 5 2/3 innings, six hits, three runs, one earned, two walks, six strikeouts), Mostoller (save 3, 3 1/3 innings, three hits, two runs, two earned, one walk, two strikeouts)
- Washington had 15 hits, had one player get on via hit by pitch and drew three walks, while leaving 15 on base.
- The Shoremen had one error in the game, leading to two unearned runs for Muhlenberg.
For Muhlenberg (16-15, 6-7 CC)
- Hitting: Weiss (3-for-4, two RBI), Grillo (2-for-5), Capra (two runs)
- Pitching: Matthew D'Ambrosia (loss 5-3, 5 1/3 innings, 10 hits, seven runs, seven earned, one walk, two strikeouts)
- The Mules notched nine hits and drew three walks as they left nine on base.
- Muhlenberg did not commit an error in the opener.
- Ben Ruvo was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Player of the Game on the webcast of the contest.
Muhlenberg 3 Washington College 2 (Game 2)
How It Happened
- Muhlenberg took a 2-0 lead in bottom of the second inning as Capra socked a two-run homer to center with one away. Scoring in from of Capra was Cameron Miller.
- Serruto would extend the Mules lead to 3-0 in the last of the fifth on a two-out solo blast over the fence in left field.
- Washington would net a pair of two-out runs in the top of the seventh. Gillmer scored on a two-bagger to right-center off the bat of Baker for WC's first run and Baker would come around to score on a Zwier base hit through the left side to make it a one run game.
- In the top of the ninth, Baker would single through the right side with two away to get Zwier up as the potential go ahead run, but Muhlenberg pitcher Will Nomura got Zwier to ground out to Capra at third to end the game.
For The Shoremen (24-11, 6-8 CC)
- Hitting: Baker (3-for-4, run, RBI), Kingman (2-for-4)
- Pitching: Nick Brauer (loss 3-2, 4 2/3 innings, six hits, three runs, three earned, one walk, two strikeouts), Ethan Osgood (3 1/3 innings of scoreless and hitless relief, one walk, one strikeout)
- Washington had nine hits, drew five walks and had a hitter reach via hit by pitch, while leaving 10 on base.
- The Shoremen zero errors in the second game.
For Muhlenberg (17-14, 7-7 CC)
- Hitting: Capra (1-for-3, home run, two RBI), Serruto (2-for-4, home run), Grillo (2-for-4)
- Pitching: Evan Spano (win 2-0, six scoreless innings, four hits, five walks, six strikeouts)
- The Mules notched six hits and drew two walks as they left five on base.
- Muhlenberg committed zero errors.
- Baker was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Player of the Game on the webcast of the contest as he went 5-for-9 with three runs and three RBI in the doubleheader.
4/23 @ Haverford – 3:30 p.m. (Centennial Conference Game)
- Teams split a home-and-home series last spring.