The baseball team splits with the Mary Washington eagles on Sunday

By Lauren Zedlar 

Elm Staff Writer

On Sunday March 14, the Shoremen went 1–1 with the Mary Washington College Eagles at Athey Park. The Shoremen won the first game of the double-header with a score of 7–3. Later in the evening, the Eagles won the second game with a score of 10–4. 

These games brought the Shoremen’s record to 6–2 for this year and the Eagles’ record to 1–5. 

The Shoremen came off strong in the first game scoring two runs in the first inning. Junior Joe Curtin hit a triple to bring in junior Chris Baker for the first run of the game. Then, later scored himself off an RBI groundout by senior Jack Kingman. 

The Eagles caught up in the bottom of the second scoring two runs to tie the score at 2–2. The next runs for the Shoremen were scored in the bottom of the fourth by Kingman to gain back the lead for the Shoremen. 

The Eagles tied it back up in the first half of the fifth inning, but was cut short by the Shoremen’s defense with a tag at the plate. Freshman Nick Tamberino scored to take the lead for the Shoremen after an RBI by Baker. 

After this inning, the Shoremen kept the lead for the rest of the game. They scored an additional run in the bottom of the seventh and another two in the eighth to secure their win against the Eagles. 

The final score was 10–4. 

The second game of the day started with the Eagles collecting the first four runs. They scored once in the first and third innings, and twice more in the fourth inning, gaining a solid lead of 4–0 early on. 

In the bottom of the fifth, the Shoremen got on the board with two runs, lessening the Eagles lead to 4–2. Senior captain Dylan Neport scored the first off of Tamberino’s double to right field. 

Tamberino advanced on the bases and scored after a fielding error by the Eagles. 

The Eagles responded with three runs in the fifth inning to further their lead against the Shoremen. They added an additional three runs in the top of the seventh inning to secure their win. 

The Shoremen failed to score again until a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh that allowed junior Brandom Hoffman to score. The Shoremen added another run in the ninth inning, bringing the final score of the game to 10–4, Eagles. 

Junior Ben Ruvo and sophomore player Anthony Sofran were named GoosenationTV’s Players of the Game. Baker also received Shoreman of the Week for his performance in the games. 

“After analyzing our games from this past weekend we have things we are looking to improve upon this Saturday,” senior captain CJ Gillmer said. “The goal is to continue to refine our game so that we are playing at our highest potential for the beginning, and throughout the entirety of Centennial Conference play.”

The Shoremen’s next game is next Saturday, March 20 2021 versus in-conference Gettysburg College at 12 p.m. The Shoremen will enter this game with a record of 6–2.

Featured Photo caption: Senior captain CJ Gillmer gets a hit for Washington College. Photo by Mark Cooley. 

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