By Maegan White
Elm Staff Writer
The Shoremen played two games against the John Hopkins University Blue Jays and the Swarthmore College Phoenixes the week of April 4.
The Shoremen lost both games against the Jays and split the series against the Phoenixes.
On Tuesday, April 4, the Shoremen hosted top-ranked Blue Jays who beat the Shoremen 25-0. The Shoremen only reached base five times and recorded one hit for the game while the Jays earned a run for every hit they earned.
The Shoremen were able to keep the Jays at bay for the first four innings allowing them to only earn four runs. However, in the fifth inning, the Jays scored 11 runs to increase their lead even more. In the next three innings the Jays scored 10 more to take their lead to 25-0.
On Friday, April 7, the Shoremen traveled to Baltimore, Md., to play the Blue Jays for the second game of the series.
The Blue Jays shut out the Shoremen again for a 9-0 win.
The Shoremen performed better in the second game of the series earning four hits compared to the one hit in the first game. They also reached base nine times but were not able to advance any players over the home base.
On Saturday, April 8, the Shoremen hosted Swarthmore for a double header. The Shoreman narrowly beat the Phoenixes in the first series earning their first victory of the week. However, in the second game, the Phenoxies beat the Shoremen.
The Shoremen were behind for all of game one until the eighth inning when they tied with Swarthmore.
In the first and second inning, the Phoenixes lead the Shoremen 3-0. In the bottom of the second, they put up their first runs of the game after two Shoremen were walked, and freshman infielder Chase Ruppel hit a sacrifice fly out to right field advancing junior Cole McGee across the plate.
Freshman Elias Philiposi earned a run from a single run batted in from freshman Ty Everitt. The second inning ended with a score of 3-2.
Neither team scored again until the fifth inning when Swarthmore earned two runs after reaching base due to two errors from the Shoremen advancing the score to 5-2.
In the seventh inning, freshman Drew Kinsey earned an RBI advancing freshman RJ Fiore across the base. In the eighth inning, Everitt tied the score 5-5 with a double to left field earning two RBIs.
Both teams scored again in the ninth inning, causing the game to go to a tenth inning to break the tie.
At the bottom of the tenth inning with two outs and two players on base, Iseman hit a single RBI advancing Fiore over the plate earning the Shoremen their first conference victory with a score of 7-6.
In the second game of the series, a strong eighth inning from the Phoenixes secured their victory over the Shoremen 7-3.
The Shoremen entered the eighth inning trailing by one thanks to an RBI by Iseman. However, the Phoenixes pulled away, earning seven runs.
The Shoremen tried to respond with a bases loaded situation at the top of the eighth. Iseman hit another single RBI along with junior Logan Yi who hit a sacrifice fly advancing Kinsey across the plate. The Shoremen’s attempts were not enough, and the game ended with Swarthmore victorious.
The Shoremen ended the week with an overall record of 11-16 and a Centennial Conference record of 1-5. They play Haverford College on Friday, April 14 at home.
Courtesy of WC Athletics
Photo Caption: Sophomore catcher Nick Miller in an at-bat during a home game against Swarthmore. Miller earned five RBIs during the 2023 season.