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Ricky LaSota © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Ricky LaSota © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Ursinus breaks out bats to sweep McDaniel

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Brandon Sullivan rapped out five hits, adding seven RBIs and four runs scored to lead Ursinus to a doubleheader sweep of McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball action on Monday.

The Bears (13-18, 9-9 CC), who entered the day needing two wins and help to qualify for the CC tournament, upheld their end of the deal, taking the opener 10-5 before jumping out to a 7-0 lead en route to an 18-11 victory in game two. With two makeup games on the conference slate for Tuesday, the only one that matters is Johns Hopkins and Washington. A Blue Jay victory puts the tournament in Baltimore and brings Ursinus into the four-team field.

Jimmy Najera (Fort Washington, Md./DeMatha) and Ricky LaSota (Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch) led the Green Terror (11-19, 4-14 CC) with four hits apiece.

Tied at 3-all in game one, Josh Schnell led off the home third with a double.

A throwing error on a sacrifice attempt put runners at the corners before a walk to Danny Ludwig loaded the bases.

After an infield flyout, Ralph Aurora reached on a bunt that plated Schnell to break the tie. A throwing error extended the lead to 5-3 before a two-out base knock to center from Brandon Sullivan capped the four-run inning.

A Ben Gresh single, walk and two-run double from Rich Guthridge pushed the lead to 9-3 in the fourth.

Singles from Najera, Dan French (Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown) and Tyler Jackow (Colonia, N.J./Colonia) closed the deficit to 9-5 in the top of the sixth but a Guthridge double and singles from Danny Ludwig and Kevin Wilson set the final margin in the bottom of the frame.

An error a two-out singles from Aurora and Lou Argentine followed by a two-run Sullivan double staked the hosts to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second.

With two outs, Patrick Christopher (Union Beach, N.J./St. John Vianney), LaSota, James Chiorello (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) and Najera put together four straight singles to tie the game.

Nolan Little (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) led off the inning with a single before being erased on a Brandon Kline (Myersville, Md./Middletown) fielder's choice. Kline stole second before scoring on the Christopher single.

Chiorello and Najera had the other two RBIs in the frame.

A Sullivan walk and Guthridge RBI single in the bottom of the first staked the hosts to a 1-0 lead in game two before the Bears exploded for six runs in the second.

Seven Ursinus players singled in the inning, including a two-run knock from Guthridge that made it a 6-0 game.

A LaSota leadoff home run in the fourth broke up the shutout.

Three straight singles by Little, Ryan Byrnes (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown North) and Jackow followed by a ground-ball double play trimmed the deficit to 7-3 in the fifth.

A Byrnes RBI singles and run-scoring groundouts from Jackow and Christopher pulled the visitors within 7-6 in the sixth before an eight-run bottom of the frame broke open the game.

Back-to-back doubes from Argentine and Sullivan – his second of the inning – keyed the outburst.

A Guthridge two-run home run and Argentine RBI single stretched the lead to 18-6 an inning later before the Green Terror sent 10 men to the plate in the eight.

Byrnes, Jackow and Christopher each singled to produce the first run.

Garret Nemser (Hartsdale, N.Y./Edgemont) drew a pinch-hit walk to load the bases before Robert Rowse (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) singled in Jackow and Daniel Segel (Newtown, Mass./Beaver Country Day) forced in Christopher with a pinch-hit walk.

Little knocked in Nemser and Rowse with a single to cap the five-run inning.

McDaniel returns to action at Gallaudet on Tuesday. Game time is 3 p.m.

Score by Inning – Game One    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    -     R   H   E
McDaniel (11-18, 4-13 CC)           0    0    3    0    0    2    0    -     5    10  4
Ursinus (12-18, 8-9 CC)                0    3    4    2    0    1    x    -     10  12  2

Zach Jones, Matt Bejsiuk (4) and Chris Longo; Steve Christakos, Chris Ryder (7) and Kevin Wilson. WP: Christakos (4-5). LP: Jones (4-4). S: none. SO-BB: Jones 2-2, Bejsiuk 2-1; Christakos 2-1, Ryder 0-0.

Score by Inning – Game Two     1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    -     R   H   E
McDaniel (11-19, 4-14 CC)           0    0    0    1    2    3    0    5    0    -     11  15  4
Ursinus (13-18, 9-9 CC)                1    6    0    0    0    8    3    0    x    -     18  17  3

Danny Snight, James Chiorello (2), Gio Fricchione (6), Jordan Holter (7) and Chris Longo, Daniel Segel (8); Nate Schnell, Jake Kohler (7), Chris Ryder (8) and Josh Schnell. WP: Schnell (1-4). LP: Snight (2-3). S: none. SO-BB: Snight 1-3, Chiorello 3-2, Fricchione 0-1, Holter 0-1; Schnell 2-3, Kohler 1-2, Ryder 4-0.