Christopher goes 2-for-3
BALTIMORE, Md. – Johns Hopkins took advantage of four McDaniel errors in the first four innings to score seven unearned runs and build a 9-0 lead en route to a 9-5 Centennial Conference (CC) baseball victory on Tuesday.
Patrick Christopher (Union Beach, N.J./St. John Vianney) led the Green Terror (12-7, 1-4 CC) with a 2-for-3 showing at the plate.
Jeff Lynch paced the Blue Jays (13-8-2, 4-1 CC) with two hits of his own.
Kyle Neverman, the first Johns Hopkins batter of the game, reached on a dropped liner before a stolen base and strikeout put a runner on second with one out.
Aaron Borenstein followed with a single to left-center to put runners at the corners before a dropped ball on a sacrifice fly attempt scored Neverman and put runners at second and third.
A Mike Denlinger walk loaded the bases for Richie Carbone, whose ground ball scored Borenstein for a 2-0 lead.
In the second, Adam Weiner reached on a one-out infield single before stealing second and taking third on a passed ball. Another infield single by Neverman scored Weiner with the game's third unearned run.
Jeff Lynch led off the third with a single to shallow center before Denlinger just cleared the short porch in right field for the only two earned runs allowed by Division III's fifth-best pitching staff (2.15 ERA entering the week) and a 5-0 lead.
With one out in the fourth, Neverman drew a walk before Mike Kanen singled through the right side. A throwing error moved the runners to second and third.
After a Borenstein RBI groundout, Lynch reached on an error to score Kanen and extend the inning.
Denlinger and Carbone drew back-to-back walks to reload the bases before a Chris Vonderschmidt single scored two more runs to chase starter James Chiorello (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) after a three-strikeout performance in 3 2/3 innings.
A wild pitch plated Nemser before PJ Anderson (Falls Church, Va./George Mason) recorded his first collegiate hit to score Gallo and cut the lead to 9-5.
After Ed Bryner replaced Ryan Kahn on the mound with nobody out, Drew Phillips (Sherwood, Md./St. Michael's) was hit by a pitch and Christopher reached on an infield single to load the bases once again but the Blue Jays' third double play of the game and a groundout ended the threat.
McDaniel concludes the home-and-home series with Johns Hopkins at home on Thursday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.