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Biscoe records two hits, game-tying RBI in tie

DJ Biscoe (c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
DJ Biscoe (c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

THE FACTS
McDaniel (8-8-1) 3, Hood (12-5-1) 3 (16 inn.)
What: Non-conference baseball game
When:
Wednesday, Mar. 27
Where: Frederick, Md.

THE SKINNY STORY
McDaniel scored twice in the top of the ninth inning to draw even at 3-all with Hood before neither team could push across a run over the next seven innings and the game was called after 16 innings because of darkness.

THE LEADERS
DJ Biscoe (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) led the Green Terror with two hits and the game-tying sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.
Naquan Holden (Brooklyn, N.Y./Perkiomen School) added two hits of his own.

FOR THE FOES
• Sam Wheeler led the Blazers with three hits.

THE REST OF THE STORY
• After the first six batters sat down in order, Sam Wheeler led off the bottom of the third with a single to left-center before stealing second. After moving to third on a sacrifice, an infield single by Trent Copenhaver put runners at the corners. Nathan Kessler singled to center to plate Wheeler for a 1-0 lead. A throwing error on a double steal allowed Copenhaver and Kessler to both score for a 3-0 lead.
• The first 11 Green Terror batters were retired before Tim Griest (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) reached on a two-out error in the top of the fourth before a wild pitch on a strikeout put runners at first and second. A second error loaded the bases for Brad Thaxton (Stevensville, Md./DeMatha), who singled to center to score Griest and make it a 3-1 game.
• McDaniel put a baserunner on in three of the next four innings but could not score until the ninth inning. T.J. McGuire (Blue Point, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point) singled to lead off the top of the ninth before a fielder's choice put Jack Slater (Hebron, Conn./Rham) on as well. A walk loaded the bases for Jarod Pezzano (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island), who singled to right to make it a 3-2 game. A DJ Biscoe sacrifice fly plated pinch-runner Darrius Speaks (Randallstown, Md./Patapsco) to tie the game.
• McDaniel threw out a Hood runner at the plate in the 12th inning and the Blazers returned the favor in the 14th to keep the game tied before darkness eventually won out.

THE INSIDE STORY
Zach Fortuna (Metuchen, N.J./Metuchen) went the first nine innings for McDaniel on the mound with four strikeouts, allowing just five hits. Austin Fry (Sunbury, Pa./Shamokin) threw the next five with three strikeouts before Robbie Mays (Parkton, Md./Hereford) threw the final two without allowing a baserunner.
• Ryan D'Allesandro tossed the first five innings with five strikeouts for Hood. Des Grimes added five innings of work with three strikeouts and allowed just two hits.
• The 16 innings is the longest known game in program history and second longest in Centennial Conference history.

NEXT UP
McDaniel returns to action in the Centennial Conference opener at Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 12 p.m.

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