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Fiore notches four hits in split

Joe Fiore (c) 2014 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Joe Fiore (c) 2014 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

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.

Back-to-back singles from Marty Windisch (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) and Marshall Betts (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) put runners at first and second with one out in the bottom of the first.

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.

A Tom Gallo (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) single and back-to-back walks to Chris Morris (Wynnewood, Pa./Harrington) and Sivo loaded the bases.

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.

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