Fiore notches four hits in split
WESTMINSTER, Md. – After Ursinus took a 6-3 victory in the 10th inning of game one, McDaniel rallied for a 3-2 victory in the nightcap to forge a Centennial Conference (CC) baseball doubleheader split and keep it playoff hopes alive on Saturday.
Joe Fiore (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Beach) notched a pair of hits in each game to lead the Green Terror (15-17, 9-8 CC), who will earn its second conference tournament bid in three years with a victory in Sunday's game at Gettysburg.
McDaniel can still finish as high as the No. 3 seed in the four-team, double-elimination field. A victory over top-seeded Gettysburg on Sunday coupled with a Johns Hopkins loss at Dickinson will give McDaniel the No. 3 seed and make Muhlenberg the No. 4 seed. Wins by the Green Terror and Blue Jays eliminates the Mules but Johns Hopkins will earn the No. 3 seed on tiebreakers. Gettysburg is the No. 1 seed and will host the No. 4 seed while Haverford is the No. 2 seed and hosts the No. 3 seed in the other first-round game on Thursday.
Chris Jablonski led the Bears (16-16, 7-10 CC) with six hits in the twinbill.
Tied at 2-all, Nick Valori (Sewell, N.J./Washington Twp.) reached on a one-out fielding error in the bottom of the seventh inning before being erased on a fielder's choice.
Justin Myers (Union Bridge, N.J./Linganore) replaced Tyler Gilbert (Severn, Md./Glen Burnie) at first base before a Fiore double in the gap scored the pinch-runner despite him falling down between third and home for a 3-2 lead.
Zach Kronick (Schenectady, N.Y./Guilderland) retired the final six batters he faced in order to pick up his fourth win of the season, going the distance with five strikeouts.
After Windisch tagged up to go to third on a fly out, Gilbert poked a single through the right side for a 1-0 lead.
Windisch reached on a fielding error to lead off the third before a Gilbert two-out single put runners at first and second.
Fiore followed with a double to stretch the lead to 2-0.
Jablonski led off the top of the fourth with a double before moving to third on sacrifice and scoring on a Jose Colon single to cut the deficit in half.
A Jablonski single, sacrifice and Colon double knotted the game in the top of the sixth.
Gilbert and Fiore each had two hits in game two.
Tied at 3-all in the opener, Devyn Kerr and Vincent Terry drew back-to-back one-out walks before Ralph Aurora reached on a single to shallow left to load the bases.
Timo Muro followed with a bases-clearing double the wall in right field for the 6-3 lead.
A one-out Austin Feuerman single, stolen base and CJ Diana single to the gap staked Ursinus to a 1-0 lead in the second.
A fielding error, sacrifice and Terry double pushed the lead to 2-0 in the sixth.
Sean Sivo (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) poked a one-out double to the gap in the bottom if the eighth before a fielding error put runners at the corners.
A Windisch sacrifie fly scored Sivo to trim the deficit to 2-1.
Aurora led off the top of the ninth with an infield single before taking second on a sacrifice and third on a wild pitch.
A Vince Rondolone pinch-hit sacrifice fly stretched the lead back to two.
A one-out fielding error allowed Betts to reach in the bottom of the frame.
With two outs, Gilbert was called on to pinch hit and drove a 2-1 pitch over the right-field wall for his first career home run, knotting the game at 3-all.
Steve Berardi came on in relief and got a bouncing ball to get out of the jam.
Sivo had three hits in game one while Fiore had two. With a one-out single up the middle in the sixth inning, Valori recorded his 48th hit of the season, tying the program record.
Andrew Monger (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) went eight innings and struck out eight.
Game time on Sunday is 2 p.m.