Fioretti silences McDaniel bats, pitches Johns Hopkins to 10-3 win

WESTMINSTER, Pa. – Dave Fioretti threw a complete game, scattering six hits and striking out 11 with no walks to lead Johns Hopkins to a 10-3 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball action on Tuesday.

            Russell Coover (Schuylkill Haven, Pa./Blue Mountain) rapped out to of those six hits for the Green Terror (8-6, 1-2 CC), including a third-inning home run.
            Following Coover’s first long ball of the season, the Blue Jays (9-8, 2-1 CC) fell in a 3-2 hole but plated the game’s final eight runs and held McDaniel to just one base runner over the final 6 1/3 innings.
            A hit batter to lead off the fifth inning followed by three hits and walk turned the one-run deficit into a one-run lead.
            A Dave Kahn sacrifice fly stretched the lead to 5-3.
            After being limited to a pair of doubles over the next two innings, Lee Bolyard and John Swarr put together back-to-back singles to lead off the top of the eighth.
            An error on a sacrifice bunt attempt allowed Bolyard to score from second before Brian Youchak cleared the bases with a single through the right side of a drawn-in infield.
            With one out, Todd Emr and Brendan Walsh each rapped out singles to push the lead to 9-3 before Kahn capped the frame with a RBI groundout.
            Four straight singles in the bottom of the first, including a two-run knock from Matthew Pace (Baltimore, Md./North County) staked McDaniel to an early 2-0 lead.
            A Jesse Sikorski RBI double in the top of the second cut the deficit in half before a error and RBI groundout in the visitor third evened the game.
            With two outs in the bottom of the frame, Coover gave the Green Terror its final lead before Fioretti settled in a retired 12 straight batters.
            Zach Croft (Laurel, Md./DeMatha) broke up the stretch with a seventh-inning single.
            Fioretti finished the game retiring seven in a row, including four by strikeout.
            The Green Terror concludes the home-and-home series at Johns Hopkins on Friday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
Score by Inning                                1      2      3      4      5      6      7      8      9      -      R     H     E
Johns Hopkins (9-8, 2-1 CC)               0      1      1      0      3      0      0      5      0      -      10    12    0
McDaniel (8-6, 1-2 CC)                      2      0      1      0      0      0      0      0      0      -      3      6      2
Dave Fioretti and John Swarr; Tyler Persun, Ryan Graves (7), Danny Snight (9) and Justin Reitz. WP: Fioretti (1-0). LP: Persun (2-2). S: none. SO-BB: Fioretti 11-0; Persun 4-3, Graves 2-0, Snight 1-0. 2B: Dave Kahn (J), Jesse Sikorski (J), John Swarr (J). HR: Russell Coover (M).