March 19, 2012

Seibert joins 400-win club

WESTMINSTER, Md. – With a 4-3 victory over Drew in the bottom of the ninth on Friday, McDaniel wrapped up its annual spring break trip with an 8-0 record.

The eight straight wins during the trip accomplished numerous marks for the Green Terror (9-3), including giving 32nd-year head coach Dave Seibert, a 1978 graduate of the College, his 400th career coaching victory.

Seibert becomes the fourth Centennial Conference coach to join the ranks of 400 wins – an exclusive club that includes Johns Hopkins' 33-year head coach Bob Babb (932), Gettysburg's 26-year head coach John Campo (439) and Ursinus' 23-year head coach Brian Thomas (405).

The 2012 squad earned Seibert his 400th win with a program record-tying eight-game winning streak. It also marked the first time the squad posted an undefeated spring-break trip.

Patrick Christopher (Union Beach, N.J./St. John Vianney) led McDaniel through the first half of the trip, racking up a .462 batting average with a 6-for-13 performance before missing the second half of the trip with injury. He had three doubles among his six hits for a .692 slugging percentage. He also had five RBIs, two runs scored and three stolen bases.

Marshall Betts (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) and James Chiorello (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) led the offense from the middle of the order.

Betts hit a team-best .321, rapping out nine hits that included a double and two home runs for a .571 slugging percentage. He had 12 RBIs and six runs scored.

Chiorello hit .303 with 10 base knocks, including five long balls for a .758 slugging percentage. He added 13 RBIs and six runs scored.

Chiorello also anchored a pitching staff that turned in a 1.55 earned-run average. He threw two complete games, recording a scant 0.64 ERA with 16 strikeouts and allowed just six hits.

Danny Snight (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College) did not allow an earned run in 10 innings pitched, recording a 2-0 record with 13 strikeouts.

David Pisauro (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) recorded his first collegiate win, throwing eight innings with six strikeouts.

Zach Jones (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) went 1-0 in two appearances, striking out 15 in 15 innings.

Over the week, the Green Terror outscored its opponents, 58-16.

McDaniel opens its home schedule on Wednesday in search of a program-record nine-game winning streak against Penn State-Mont Alto. Game time is 3:30 p.m.

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The team gets Coach Seibert with a bucket of water after his 400th win.

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