WESTMINSTER, Md. – Tyler Persun (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal) threw his first collegiate nine-inning complete game, striking out nine along the way to lead McDaniel in a 3-1 Centennial Conference (CC) victory over Washington (Md.) on Monday.
Persun’s battery-mate Justin Reitz (Halifax, Pa./Halifax) went 4-for-4 with two RBIs to key the offense for the Green Terror (12-8, 5-4 CC), who plated all three of its runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to forge a season split with the Shoremen (9-13, 3-7 CC) after dropping an 11-2 decision in Chestertown six days earlier.
Matt Boucher was one of three Washington players with two hits, scoring the visitors’ lone run.
Trailing 1-0, Troy Tipton (Hanover, Pa./South Western) led off the home seventh with a double into the left-field corner.
After an Andrew Worm (Easton, Md./Easton) sacrifice bunt moved pinch-runner Matt Teter (Spring Grove, Pa./Susquehannock) to third base, Zach Croft (Laurel, Md./DeMatha) belted a double to the gap in right-center to knot the game.
Sergio Nieto (Mameroneck, N.Y./Rye Neck) was hit by the second pitch he saw to make it first and second with one out.
Chris Smith recorded his sixth strikeout a batter later before leading for Harry Woods. Reitz greeted Woods with a first-pitch double to right-center that a diving Ben Jardot just missed, allowing Croft and Nieto to score for the McDaniel lead.
Persun allowed only a Greg Perret two-out double in the eighth to finish what he started and improve to 4-2 on the season.
Singles from Boucher and Tony Tozzolo to lead off the visitor fourth put runners at the corners.
After Tozzolo stole second, Jardot lifted a ball to deep center to allow Boucher to score on the sacrifice fly.
The Green Terror returns to action at Gettysburg on Tuesday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
Score by Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 - R H E
Washington (Md.) (9-13, 3-7 CC) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 7 0
McDaniel (12-8, 5-4 CC) 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 x - 3 8 0
Chris Smith, Harry Woods (7) and John Lambert, John Rolewicz (9); Tyler Persun and Justin Reitz. WP: Persun (4-2). LP: Smith (2-4). S: none. SO-BB: Smith 6-0, Woods 2-0; Persun 9-1. 2B: Greg Perret (W), Matt Boucher (W), Justin Reitz (M), Troy Tipton (M), Zach Croft (M).