Green Terror tallies late to take game one before Mules forge split in error-filled nightcap
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Patrick Christopher (Union Beach, N.J./St. John Vianney) went a combined 5-for-8 with five RBIs to lead McDaniel in a split with Muhlenberg in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball action on Saturday.
The Green Terror (7-13, 3-9 CC) plated six runs in the fifth inning of game one, including a Christopher grand slam, to win 8-1 before the Mules (12-14, 6-6 CC) took advantage of five McDaniel errors to score seven unearned runs in a 10-6 nightcap victory.
Joseph DiCecilia rapped out three hits in the game two win for Muhlenberg, which got a complete-game win from Jason Daniels.
Zach Jones (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) twirled a three-hit gem, fanning seven in a complete-game win in the opener.
A Jeff Puklin walk and Eric Pomroy RBI double staked the Mules to a 1-0 lead in the third inning of game one before a Ray Hart (Cheverly, Md./Suitland) double, sacrifice and Andrew Worm (Easton, Md./Easton) RBI single evened the game in the bottom of the frame.
Matthew Pace (Baltimore, Md./North County) led off the home fifth with a single up the middle before a fielding error put runners at first and second.
An interference call on a sacrifice attempt accounted the first out before a walk loaded the bases.
Worm singled through the left side to plate Pace for a 2-1 lead.
With two outs, Russell Coover (Schuylkill Haven, Pa./Blue Mountain) was hit by a pitch to force home Hart before Christopher belted an 0-2 breaking ball inside the right-field foul pole for his first collegiate grand slam and a 7-1 lead.
Singles from Jimmy Najera (Fort Washington, Md./DeMatha) and Pace coupled with a Hart walk reloaded the bases before a lineout prevented any more damage.
A Kyle Pruitt (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) double and Coover sacrifice fly set the final margin in the sixth.
With no score and one out in the third inning of game two, Puklin reached on an error before a Dan Fisher single and Joseph Vila walk loaded the bases.
A groundout allowed Puklin to score before singles from DiCecilia and John Muha staked Muhlenberg to a 4-0 lead.
Two errors an attempt to turn a double play keyed a three-run inning that pulled the hits with 4-3.
Singles from Jesse Nusbaum and Eli Branzburg coupled with a fielder’s choice bunt stretched the lead to 5-3 in the fourth before a Hart sacrifice fly made it 5-4 in the bottom of the frame.
A pair of errors and a two-run single from Brian Beck pushed the lead to 7-4 in the fifth.
The teams exchanged runs in the seventh before back-to-back doubles from Beck and Branzburg and a Puklin single stretched the Muhlenberg advantage to 10-5.
A Christopher triple and Coover single set the final margin in the bottom of the ninth.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Gettysburg on Tuesday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
Score by Inning – Game
Muhlenberg (11-14, 5-6 CC) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 1 3 1
McDaniel (7-12, 2-8 CC) 0 0 1 0 6 1 x - 8 9 1
Chris Harper, Dan DeCaria (6) and Jeff Puklin; Zach Jones and Ray Hart. WP: Jones (2-1). LP: Harper (1-3). S: none. SO-BB: Harper 0-3, DeCaria 0-0; Jones 7-4. 2B: Joseph Vila (Mu), Eric Pomroy (Mu), Kyle Pruitt (Mc), Ray Hart (Mc). GS: Patrick Christopher (Mc).
Score by Inning – Game
Muhlenberg (12-14, 6-6 CC) 0 0 4 1 2 0 1 2 0 - 10 13 3
McDaniel (7-13, 2-9 CC) 0 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 - 6 12 5
Jason Daniels and Eli Branzburg; Danny Snight, Joe Drzonsc (8), Gio Fricchione (9) and Ray Hart. WP: Daniels (4-1). LP: Snight (2-5). S: none. SO-BB: Daniels 4-2; Snight 4-1, Drzonsc 1-0, Fricchione 2-0. 2B: Joseph DiCecilia (Mu), Brian Beck (Mu), Eli Branzburg (Mu), Patrick Christopher (Mc), Jimmy Najera (Mc). 3B: Christopher (Mc).