By Jensyn Hartzell
The Washington College baseball team traveled to Fredericksburg, Va. to challenge the Arcadia University Knights for the second time this season on Friday, Feb. 5.
The Shoremen took the lead early in the first inning after sophomore Danny Sheeler hit a two-run home run to score himself and senior Chris Baker. The pair scored again in the top of the third, putting the Shoremen ahead, 3–0.
The Knights were able to cut the lead to 3–2 in the bottom of the third.
Senior CJ Gillmer hit a sacrifice fly to get fellow senior Joe Curtin home and added to the Shoremen’s lead in the top of the fourth.The Knights responded with two points of their own to tie the score.
Neither team scored again until senior Ryan Colbert hit a solo home run to put the Shoremen ahead once again in the top of the seventh.
During the eighth inning, the Knights stole the lead at 7–5. The Shoremen responded with one more point with Gillmer touching home off of a single from senior Brandon Hoffman.
The game ended at 7–6, Knights.
The next day, Saturday, Feb. 26, the Shoremen saw victory against the Stevenson University Mustangs.
The Shoremen were the first to score in the competition in an explosive bottom of the third with three points. Freshman Cael Magill and Baker singled freshman Mike Bukowski home. Next, senior Max Ruvo and Curtin hit sacrifice fly balls to plate Magill and Baker.
Ruvo singled to the right side of the field to bring Magill home again in the bottom of the fifth to bring the score to 4–0.
The final point of the game was scored in the fifth inning by the Shoremen. After a single by senior Jackson Kingman, Hoffman managed to advance to second and then home after an error from the Mustangs.
The Shoremen won, 5–0.
According to the WC Athletics website, freshman Joe Morrissey became the first Shoreman to go seven or more innings without allowing a single run since 2006.
Morrissey currently leads the Centennial Conference in strikeouts at 12.
On Sunday, Feb. 27, the University of Mary Washington’s Eagles challenged the Shoremen for their final game of the weekend in Fredericksburg, Va.
The Shoremen took the lead in the top of the second. Hoffman scored from third base off of a walk from Colbert.
In the top of the third, the Eagles made three errors, created a walk, and allowed a wild pitch that allowed the Shoremen to score twice. Baker and Ruvo both touched home plate. The Eagles were able to score once in the bottom of the third.
The Eagles stole the lead in the bottom of the fifth with four runs, edging the Shoremen at 6–5.
The Shoremen retaliated in the top of the sixth. Kingman hit a three-run hit to left field to welcome Curtin, Ruvo, and himself to home in addition to Hoffman adding a RBI sacrifice fly and Baker scoring on an Eagles’ error.
The Shoremen continued their scoring run with three points in the seventh and seven in the ninth until the Eagles scored twice in the ninth inning, but the Shoremen remained triumphant, 20–8.
The Shoremen’s record now stands at 3–3 with no Conference games played yet.
After these three games, Sheeler is ranked first in the Conference for runs batted in at nine and tied at first for number of home runs with two for the season so far.
Baker is also ranked first in number of stolen bases with five and sophomore Izaiah Santiago leads the Conference with a single save.
The Shoremen will return to Athey Park and Stadium to play against Alfred State College for their home-opener and double-header games at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.
Photos by Grace Hazlehurst
Featured Photo Caption: Several Shoremen rank top in Conference after shutout game.