Rosato pitches 8-plus strong to lead Green Terror
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Brian Rosato (Narvon, Pa./Pequea Valley) pitched into the ninth inning for his first win of the season, leading McDaniel to a 4-3 Centennial Conference (CC) baseball victory at Washington (Md.) on Friday.
The senior lasted a career-long eight innings for the Green Terror (6-12, 2-8 CC) before freshman Gio Fricchione (New Tripoli, Pa./Northwestern) faced three batters to nail down the final three outs for his second save, snapping the squad’s five-game skid in the process.
Jimmy Najera (Fort Washington, Md./DeMatha) keyed the offense with a 4-for-4 showing that included a pair of doubles.
Ryan Mulhearn rapped out two hits for the Shoremen (11-9, 6-4 CC), who were limited to three runs and 10 hits just three days after lighting up the Green Terror for 16 runs and 22 hits.
Knotted at 2-all, Ray Hart (Cheverly, Md./Suitland) drew a walk to lead off the eight inning.
Back-to-back plays at the plate kept the bases loaded with two outs before Russell Coover (Schuylkill Haven, Pa./Blue Mountain) came through with a double that dropped just out of the reach of a diving attempt by the Shoremen center fielder, plating two for a 4-2 advantage.
Rosato gave up a pinch-hit single and walk before giving way to Fricchione. Two ground outs pulled the hosts within 4-3.
Fricchione then got a strikeout to end the game.
A Sean Connole double and Ben Jardoe two-out RBI single staked Washington to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first before Coover went deep over the left-field fence for the equalizer in the fifth.
A Brian Kramer single, sacrifice and John Rolewicz RBI single once again gave the Shoremen a one-run advantage in the bottom of the frame before a Najera double, a single from Matthew Pace (Baltimore, Md./North County) and RBI from Jackow evened the game once again a half-inning later.
McDaniel returns to action in a doubleheader at home against Muhlenberg on Saturday. The first game begins at 12:30 p.m.
McDaniel (6-12, 2-8 CC) 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 - 4 11 1
Washington (Md.) (11-8, 6-4 CC) 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 - 3 10 0
Brian Rosato, Gio Fricchione (9) and Ray Hart; Kyle Aldrich, Joe Kearney-Argow (7) and John Rolewicz. WP: Rosato (1-4). LP: Kearney-Argow (2-1). S: Fricchione (2). SO-BB: Rosato 1-3, Fricchione 1-0; Aldrich 4-4, Kearney-Argow 0-2. 2B: Jimmy Najera 2 (M), Russell Coover (M), Sean Connole (W). 3B: Andrew Worm (M). HR: Coover (M).