March 12, 2012

Betts pounds out three hits, four RBIs

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – After allowing a six-run fourth inning, McDaniel rallied to overcome a 6-5 deficit and defeat Gordon 11-8 at the 2012 RussMatt Central Florida Invitational in non-conference baseball action on Monday.

Marshall Betts (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) led the offense with a 3-for-4 day, adding four RBIs and three runs scored for the Green Terror (5-3), who improved to 4-0 at the halfway point of its eight-game Florida trip.

Eric Wolak led the Scots (0-3) with a 4-for-5 day.

Trailing 6-5 after Gordon sent 11 men to the plate in the top of the fourth, Brandon Hayward (Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett) drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the frame.

After Hayward stole second, Jack Dowd (Friendship, Md./Bishop McNamara) drew a walk before both runners moved up a base on a Tyler Jackow (Colonia, N.J./Colonia) sacrifice.

Ricky LaSota (Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch) followed with an RBI groundout to draw McDaniel even.

Betts led off the fifth with a home run to put his team back on top.

In the seventh, James Chiorello (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep), the reigning Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Week, jacked the Green Terror's third homer of the game with one out.

Betts drew a walk before taking second on a wild pitch and scoring on a Jimmy Najera (Fort Washington, Md./DeMatha) double.

With two out, Joe Fiore (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Beach) roped a double to score Najera for a 10-6 advantage.

A LaSota walk, passed balled a Chiorello RBI single pushed the advantage to 11-8 with one out in the eighth.

Ben Davidson drew a walk to lead off the top of the night before a Wolak double put runners at second and third for Brian Harrington, who doubled to clear the bases and draw the Scots within three, chasing Gio Fricchione (New Tripoli, Pa./Northwestern) after 2 1/3 innings and four strikeouts.

Mike Freeman (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) retired the three batters he faced to earn his second save of the season.

Betts led off the bottom of the second with his first long ball of the game before Chris Longo (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe Woodbury) reached on a one-out single and later scored on an error for a 2-0 lead.

Patrick Christopher (Union Beach, N.J./St. John Vianney) drew a walk to lead off the third before swiping second on a wild pitch.

After a Jackow walk and LaSota fielder's choice, Chiorello rapped a one-out single to score Christopher from third.

Betts followed with a double, plating LaSota and Chiorello for a 5-0 lead.

Wolak and Harrington each singled before James Burrell doubled to dent the scoreboard.

Geoffrey Brown walked before Dillon Coleman singled in Harrington to trim the deficit to 5-2.

After back-to-back strikeouts – two of Andrew Monger's (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) career-high 10 – Jacob Syed singled to score Burrell.

A Davidson two-run single tied the game before Wolak knocked in Syed for a 6-5 advantage.

Monger went 5 2/3 innings to earn the win with just the fifth double-digit strikeout performance in program history.

Chiorello added three and three RBIs to the offense while Fiore also had a two-hit day.

The Green Terror returns to action against Mass.-Boston on Wednesday. Game time is 4 p.m.

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