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Patrick Christopher © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Patrick Christopher © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

McDaniel splits conference-opening twinbill with Franklin & Marshall

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Patrick Christopher (Union Bridge, N.J./St. John Vianney) rapped out four hits with two runs and two RBIs in two games, leading McDaniel to a split with Franklin & Marshall in Centennial Conference (CC)-opening baseball doubleheader action on Saturday.

The Green Terror (7-6, 1-1 CC) rallied for a 6-3 victory in game one before the Diplomats (9-9, 1-1 CC) handed the squad its first shutout of the season 6-0 in the nightcap.

Aaron Gillette led Franklin & Marshall with three hits in game two while Will Benenson had two hits and three RBIs.

Trailing 3-1 in the opener, Brandon Kline (Myersville, Md./Middletown) led off the home fifth with a single before moving to second on an error.

After Marshall Betts (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) drew a walk, Christopher reached on a bunt single. A second throwing error allowed Kline to score and put runners at second and third with no outs.

A walk to James Chiorello (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) loaded the bases for Jimmy Najera (Fort Washington, Md./DeMatha), whose RBI groundout knotted the game at 3-all.

With two outs, Chris Longo (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury) cleared the bases with a single to give the hosts a 5-3 advantage.

Kline greeted a new Diplomat pitcher in the sixth with a triple before a one-out single from Christopher pushed the lead to 6-3. The Green Terror loaded the bases with one out but Franklin & Marshall gunned down the run at the plate on a sacrifice-fly attempt to get out the jam.

Chiorello sat the Diplomats down in order in the top of the seventh for his first save of the season.

A Christopher single and Chiorello RBI double staked McDaniel to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first before Franklin & Marshall was able to load the bases in the top of the second.

Infield singles by Eric Bornstein and Kevin Shields coupled with a Patrick Andrews walk loaded the bases with one out.

After a fielder's choice at the plate accounted for the second out of the inning, Matt Will singled to center field, clearing the bases for a 3-1 lead.

Zach Jones (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) struck out six in six innings to improve to 3-1 on the season.

Singles from Bornstein and Andrews staked the Diplomats to a 1-0 lead in the second inning of game two.

Back-to-back singles from Gillette and Will with a stolen base mixed in doubled the advantage an inning later.

In the top of the fourth, it was singles from Benenson and Gillette coupled with an Andrews sacrifice that accounted for the one run in that frame.

With two outs in the fifth, Mike Amabile, Blue Wells and Bornstein drew consecutive walks to load the bases before Benenson singled to the gap to plate Amabile and Wells for a 5-0 lead.

Singles from J.T. Triantos, Shields and Bornstein loaded the bases in the ninth with one out before a Benenson sacrifice fly set the final margin.

Matt Valente went the distance in the nightcap, scattering three hits with three strikeouts.

The Green Terror returns to action at Washington (Md.) on Tuesday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.

Game One

Brendan DeMond, Mike Duranti (5), Evan Lang (6), Brendan McCreary (6) and Patrick Andrews; Zach Jones, James Chiorello (7) and Chris Longo. WP: Jones (3-1). LP: DeMond (0-1). S: Chiorello (1). SO-BB: DeMond 3-4, Duranti 0-1, Lang 1-1, McCreary 0-0; Jones 6-5, Chiorello 0-0.

Game Two

Matt Valente and Patrick Andrews; Danny Snight, Matt Bejsiuk (6), Mike Freeman (8), Gio Fricchione (9) and Chris Longo. WP: Valente (2-1). LP: Snight (1-1). S: none. SO-BB: Valente 3-4; Snight 5-3, Bejsiuk 1-3, Freeman 0-0, Fricchione 0-0.