Messiah wins slugfest in ninth

Brandon Kline © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Brandon Kline © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Falcons down McDaniel with bases-loaded two-out single

GRANTHAM, Pa. – Jordan Zimmerman's third hit of the day came with two outs and the bases loaded of a tie game in the bottom of the ninth, plating Jamie Scott for a 14-13 Messiah victory over McDaniel in non-conference baseball action on Tuesday.

The Falcons (14-15) scored eight runs in the final two frames after watching the Green Terror (9-16) score seven in the seventh for a 12-6 lead.

Brandon Kline (Myersville, Md./Middletown) led McDaniel with his second straight four-hit performance as part of McDaniel's 18-hit attack.

In a game that featured 40 combined hits, the offenses came alive off the two bullpens with 19 of the 27 runs coming off five relievers.

Facing a 12-6 deficit, Messiah batted around in the bottom of the eighth to plate six runs and tie the game.

After a flyout to lead off the inning, Jon Shenk singled to right and advanced to second on an error.

Sean Hart followed with a single before Paul Mellinger was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

A two-RBI single from Dan Etter and an error cut the deficit to 12-9 before Zimmerman singled home Etter to make it a two-run game.

After Tory Arnesen's pinch-hit single put runners at first and second, Adam Ranck followed with a two-run double to knot the game at 12-all.

Patrick Christopher (Union Beach, N.J./St. John Vianney) reached on a one-out single in the ninth before scoring on a single from Russell Coover (Schuylkill Haven, Pa./Blue Mountain) to put the Green Terror back in front.

Matt Turman led off the ninth with a pinch-hit single.

After he stole second, Shenk dropped down the sacrifice bunt to move the tying run to third base.

Scott followed with a pinch-hit double to even the game and Mellinger followed with a walk.

After Etter was hit by a pitch to load the bases, McDaniel got a fly ball for the second out but Zimmerman delivered the game-winning hit.

The teams exchanged singles runs over the first four innings before three straight singles, a sacrifice fly, wild pitch and Matthew Pace (Baltimore, Md./North County) single was the end of the line for Falcon starter Derek Sipe, trailing 5-2 with one out in the fifth.

Josh Hershberger got a line-out double play to get out of a bases-loaded jam after a walk to Sergio Nieto (Mameroneck, N.Y./Rye Neck) – the first batter Hershberger faced.

An Etter triple plated Mellinger in the bottom of the frame to pull the hosts within 5-3 before a Sam Tajiri RBI double keyed a three-run sixth that gave Messiah a 6-5 lead.

A Coover two-run home run and back-to-back two-run singles from Tyler Jackow (Colonia, N.J./Colonia) and Kline fueled a three-pitcher, 11-batter, seven-run seventh for the six-run advantage.

Christopher and Ricky LaSota (Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch) each had three hits for McDaniel while Coover, Pace and Andrew Worm (Easton, Md./Easton) had two apiece.

The Green Terror returns to action at home against Lebanon Valley on Wednesday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.

Score by Inning            1            2            3            4            5            6            7            8            9            -            R            H            E
McDaniel (9-16)            0            1            0            1            3            0            7            0            1            -            13            18            2
Messiah (14-15)            1            0            1            0            1            3            0            6            2            -            14            22            3

Mike Freeman, Gio Fricchione (6) and Ray Hart; Derek Sipe, Josh Hershberger (5), Davin Okerblom (7), Elliott Thomas (7), Travis Thome (9) and David Adams. WP: Thome (3-3). LP: Fricchione (0-2). S: none. SO-BB: Freeman 3-0, Fricchione 1-1; Sipe 1-0, Herschberger 1-2, Okerblom 1-1, Thomas 1-2, Thome 0-0. 2B: Sam Tajiri (Me), Sean Hart (Me), Dan Etter (Me), Adam Ranck (Me). 3B: Etter (Me). HR: Russell Coover (Mc), Sergio Nieto (Mc).