WESTMINSTER, Md. – Johns Hopkins exploded for seven runs in the ninth inning to overcome a 7-6 deficit and defeat McDaniel 13-7 in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball action on Thursday.
Joe Fiore (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Beach) led the Green Terror (12-8, 1-5 CC) with two hits and two RBIs – one of four starters with two hits on the day.
Mike Kanen went 3-for-3 to lead the Blue Jays (14-8-2, 5-1 CC) with two RBIs and drew two of the eight walks issued by McDaniel pitching.
After Danny Snight (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College) got a groundout to start the inning, Kanen took four straight balls after getting in an 0-2 hole to walk and give way to pinch runner Ben Eckroth.
Aaron Borenstein rapped a full-count pitch into left field for a single. A fielding error put runners at the corners.
Jeff Lynch followed with a sharp hit ball at the shortstop but the throw to the plate was not in time, allowing Eckroth to score with the tying run.
Mike Denlinger followed with a single to load the bases for Richie Carbone, who doubled to the wall in left-center, scoring Borenstein and Lynch for a 9-7 advantage and chasing Snight in favor of the lefty, Mike Freeman (Lititz, Pa./Warwick).
A wild pitch allowed Denlinger to score before a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Mike Musary stretched the advantage to 11-7.
Ryan Zakszeski blasted the first ball he saw over the left-field fence before Adam Weiner drew a walk and Kevin Neverman doubled him home for the 13-7 lead.
Aaron Schwartz retired all six batters he faced in the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Neverman drew a walk to lead off the game before a Kanen 12-pitch walk and Borenstein single loaded the bases with nobody out.
Denlinger's one-out sacrifice fly staked Johns Hopkins to a 1-0 lead.
Chris Vonderschmidt led off the second with a single before being erased on a fielder's choice.
Back-to-back walks to Weiner and Neverman loaded the bases for Kanen, who singled to the right-center gap to push the lead to 3-0. Borenstein followed with an RBI groundout for a 4-0 lead.
With one out in the third, Brandon Hayward (Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett) reached on an infield single off the mound before Ricky LaSota (Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch) and Marshall Betts (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) were hit by back-to-back pitches to load the bases.
After a wild pitch plated Hayward, Freeman drew a walk to reload the bases.
A two-out walk to Chris Longo (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe-Woodbury) forced in LaSota before Fiore bounced a ball off the ground right in front of the third baseman to score Betts and Freeman to knot the game and get starter Andrew Monger (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron), who lasted just one batter into the third inning.
Patrick Christopher (Union Beach, N.J./St. John Vianney) led off the fourth with a triple before scoring on a Hayward single through the left side for a 5-4 lead.
A Zakszeski double, balk and Weiner shallow sacrifice fly to right field knotted the game in the top of the sixth.
A Kanen single, wild pitch, balk and Borenstein double pushed put the Blue Jays back on top by one in the seventh.
After an errant throw and close tag play at first base allowed Lynch to reach, McDaniel got out of the jam with a pair of pickoff plays. Longo threw catch Borenstein off second before David Pisauro (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus), who allowed five hits and two runs in five innings of relief work, caught Lynch taking off from first on first movement.
A pair of seventh-inning errors helped the Green Terror turn the one-run deficit into a one-run lead.
LaSota reached on a one-out error before Betts knocked a ball back up the middle to put runners at the corners and chase starter Sam Eagleson.
Freeman followed with a hard-hit single under a diving first baseman to plate LaSota with the tying run. A second fielding error allowed Jimmy Najera (Fort Washington, Md./DeMatha) to reach and score Betts for a 7-6 lead.
Christopher, Hayward and Freeman finished with two hits each.
McDaniel returns to action at Haverford on Saturday. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 12:30 p.m.