Ursinus sweeps McDaniel to keep pace in CC race

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Brent Umstead recorded four hits, including the game-winner in the bottom of the 11th of game to two, giving Ursinus a doubleheader sweep of McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball action on Saturday.

            The Bears (20-8-1, 11-3 CC) scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth in game one to break a 4-all deadlock and win 11-4 before completing the sweep with an 8-7 victory in the nightcap.
            Justin Reitz (Halifax, Pa./Halifax) paced the Green Terror (14-10, 7-6 CC) with four hits – one of four McDaniel players with four knocks in the twinbill.
            Trailing 7-5 with one out in the bottom of the 10th, Ben Lockman drew a walk before David Randolph was hit by a pitch two batters later to put runners at the corners with two outs.
            An error allowed Lockman to score before Tommy Clarke drove in pinch-runner Ben Gresh to knot the game at 7-all.
            Ryan Schmidt drew a leadoff walk in the 11th inning before a bunt single from Stephen Benavage and sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out.
            After an intentional walk to Lockman to load the bases, Umstead dropped a single into left field to plate the winning run.
            The first two of five McDaniel errors in the home second led to three unearned runs.
            Run-producing singles from Matthew Pace (Baltimore, Md./North County) and Jon Zimmerman (Lemoyne, Pa./Cedar Cliff) in the top of the fourth pulled the visitors within 3-2.
            A two-run single from pace in the top of the fifth turned the one-run deficit into a one-run advantage before two more errors in the bottom of the inning re-established the one-run lead for the hosts.
            A double from Harold Baines, Jr. (St. Michaels, Md./St. Michaels) and singles from Russell Coover (Schuylkill Haven, Pa./Blue Mountain) and Troy Tipton (Hanover, Pa./South Western) evened the game in the top of the seventh.
            A Zimmerman single, Reitz double and Coover sacrifice fly gave the Green Terror a 7-5 lead in the top of the 10th.
            An error, three consecutive singles and a Benavage double in the fifth inning of game one gave Ursinus a 7-4 lead.
            With one out, Lockman was hit by a pitch before a Umstead double scored Benavage.
            A Randolph two-run double capped the seven-run frame.
            McDaniel took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second before the Bears countered with three runs in the bottom of the frame.
            A Kevin Furman single scored Mike Schwager to stretch the lead to 4-2 in the third before the Green Terror tallied solo runs in each of the next two innings to knot the game.
            Zeb Engle struck out 12 in the complete-game opener to improve to 7-0.
            McDaniel concludes its stretch of six conference games in four days with a doubleheader at Muhlenberg on Sunday. The first game begins at 12:30 p.m.
Score by Inning – Game One          1      2      3      4      5      6      7      -      R     H     E
McDaniel (14-9, 7-5 CC)                  0      2      0      1      1      0      0      -      4      10    4
Ursinus (19-8-1, 10-3 CC)                0      3      1      0      7      0      x      -      11    13    3
Tyler Persun, Mike Quinn (5) and Justin Reitz; Zeb Engle and J.C. Colon, Andrew Schmidt (6). WP: Engle (7-0). LP: Persun (4-3). S: none. SO-BB: Persun 1-0, Quinn 0-2; Engle 12-3. 2B: Justin Reitz (M), Brett Umstead (U), Stephen Benavage (U).
Score by Inning – Game Two 1      2      3      4      5      6      7      8      9      10    11    -      R     H   E
McDaniel (14-10, 7-6 CC)        0      0      0      2      2      0      1      0      0      2      0      -      7      17 5
Ursinus (20-8-1, 11-3 CC)        0      3      0      0      2      0      0      0      0      2      1      -      8      11 0
Danny Snight, Joe Drzonsc (7) and Justin Reitz; Luis Serrano, Ryan Schmidt (9) and J.C. Colon. WP: Schmidt (2-0). LP: Drzonsc (3-1). S: none. SO-BB: Snight 2-4, Drzonsc 1-6; Serrano 8-3, Schmidt 1-2. 2B: Justin Reitz (M), Harold Baines, Jr. (M), Troy Tipton 2 (M).