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.
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.
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.