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Nelson raps six hits in slugfest

Kasey Nelson (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Kasey Nelson (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Haverford and McDaniel combined for 60 runs and 55 hits in the Centennial Conference (CC) baseball opener with the Fords sweeping a pair on Saturday.

Haverford (9-11, 2-0 CC) took a four-hour game one 18-16 before capturing the nightcap 14-12 when it was called after five innings for darkness.

Kasey Nelson (St. Pete's Beach, Fla./St. Michaels [Md.]) led the Green Terror (6-6, 0-2 CC) in its first games in 15 days, rapping out six hits and driving in five runs.

Michael Schwarze led the Fords with six hits of his own, adding eight RBIs – part of a 32-hit twinbill from the visitors.

In the opener, each team had a pair of innings in which its scored four or more runs and at least batted through the order.

McDaniel jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second inning, taking advantage of two walks, a wild pitch and hit batsman to spark the inning. Colin Franke (Highland Mills, N.Y./Cornwall Central) doubled for the first hit of the game to make it a 2-0 game.

After two more singles, Antonio Rosanova (Laurel, Md./DeMatha) walked to put runners at first and second with one out.

Nelson greeted the new Haverford pitcher with a double to the gap to gap the seven-run frame.

Three doubles, including a two-run Sam Partee shot to the gap keyed a six-run fifth that tied the game at 7-all.

Schwarze lofted a two-out, two-run home run to right field for a 9-8 lead the next inning.

A DJ Biscoe (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) comebacker and Nelson double tied the game in the home half of the inning.

The Fords added one more run in the seventh and two more in the eighth on a Ben Somorjai double for a 12-9 lead.

A Nelson double and two-run single from T.J. McGuire (Blue Point, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point) drew the hosts within 12-11 in the bottom of the eighth.

Haverford, however, used doubles from Schwarze, Partee and Somorjai to key a six-run ninth.

Four walks and singles from Rosanova and Nelson closed the deficit to 18-16 with runners at second and third and two outs in the home ninth.

Thomas Primosch, however, got a swinging strikeout for the save.

Nelson had four hits in game one while Biscoe, McGuire, Franke and Tom Daly (Haddon Heights, N.J./Haddon Heights) all had two. McGuire drove in three runs.

In a darkness-shortened game two, four walks and a Matt Goss two-run single staked the Fords to a 3-0 lead in the first.

A Schwarze two-run double stretched the lead to 5-0 in the second.

Two errors on the same play in the bottom of the frame extended the inning and opened the door for an eight-run inning. McGuire had the final blow with a two-run single through the right side.

Partee led off the third with a home run before a three-run Ethan Lee-Tyson shot over the left-center wall capped a four-run inning that put Haverford back in front, 9-8.

An error and back-to-back RBI singles from Julian Jenkins (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) and Brett Anderson (Wilmington, Del./Tower Hill) turned the one-run deficit into a one-run lead.

Ben Furlong tripled home a pair of runs in the fourth to key a three-run inning that made it a 12-10 game.

Rosanova led off the home fourth with a triple and scored on a Nelson groundout to close the margin to 12-11.

The Fords tacked on two in the top of the fifth before a Biscoe sacrifice fly set the final margin.

McGuire and Jenkins had two hits each in game two.

The Green Terror returns to action at Johns Hopkins on Tuesday. Game time is 5 p.m.

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