HAVERFORD, Pa. – McDaniel exploded for 23 runs to record a critical Centennial Conference (CC) baseball doubleheader sweep of Haverford on Saturday.
The Green Terror (14-8, 3-5 CC) scored seven runs in the final three innings to take game one 13-10 before an eighth-inning grand slam capped a 10-5 nightcap victory, giving the team its first sweep of the Fords (13-14, 5-3 CC) since 2005.
James Chiorello (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) keyed the 28-hit attack with six base knocks to go with five RBIs and three runs scored.
Casey Fox led Haverford with five hits of his own, including a 4-for-4 performance in the opener.
Trailing 7-6, a Chris Longo (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe Woodbury) walk and a pair of errors loaded the bases in the top of the seventh inning of game one.
Two pitches later, Patrick Christopher (Union Beach, N.J./St. John Vianney) was hit to force in Longo and knot the game at 7-all. Brandon Hayward (Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett) followed with a single up the middle to score Joe Fiore (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Beach) and Tyler Jackow (Colonia, N.J./Colonia) for a 9-7 lead.
An error and back-to-back singles from Jimmy Najera (Fort Washington, Md./DeMatha) and Longo loaded the bases for Fiore, whose sacrifice fly stretched the lead to 10-7.
Hayward led off the ninth with a single before Ricky LaSota (Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch) doubles to put runners at second and third.
After a fielder's choice cut down the run at the plate, a passed ball allowed LaSota to score before Marshall Betts (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) followed with a two-run dinger for a 13-7 lead.
Back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth chased reliever Matt Bejsiuk (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) in favor of Chiorello, who walked the first batter he faced to load the bases.
Jeremy Zoll followed with a single to score two runs and Bobby Hubley added a one-out base knock to score Fox, setting the final marg.
A Nick Miranda single and doubles from Fox and Alex Hudak staked the Fords to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
Najera, however, led off the second with a single up the middle and Longo drew a walk before a Fiore sacrifice moved both runners up a base.
A Jackow single scored Najera before a Christopher walk and Hayward RBI fielder's choice tied the game at 2-all.
LaSota walked to reload the bases for Chiorello, who singled in a pair of runs and Betts followed with a double to stretch the lead to 5-2.
A Fox triple and back-to-back singles from Zoll and Hudak closed the deficit to 5-4 in the third.
A Logo walk, wild pitch and Jackow single stretched the lead back to two in the fifth before a Hudak three-run home run in the bottom of the inning gave the hosts a 7-6 lead.
Danny Snight (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's College) struck out six in 6 1/3 innings to pick up his fourth win of the year.
In game two, Christopher and Hayward led off with back-to-back singles before a passed ball and Chiorello RBI groundout staked McDaniel to a 1-0 lead.
Christopher led off the third with a double to the gap before a one-out error and Chiorello double stretched the lead to 3-0.
A two-out single from Najera plated Chiorello for a 4-0 lead.
A Hudak double and Justin Coulter home run in the fourth sliced the deficit in half before the Green Terror got both runs back a half-inning later.
Chiorello singled with one out before Betts was hit by a pitch and Najera doubled. Longo followed with a sacrifice fly.
With one out in the eighth, Longo singled before Fiore was hit by a pitch.
With two outs, Christopher drew a four-pitch walk to chase Jonny Black in favor Mike Bozzi, whose first offering to Hayward was turned into a grand slam – the rookie's first collegiate home run.
A walk, single and hit batsman in the bottom of the inning loaded the bases for Mike Tentilucci, who hit into a fielder's choice but scored Hudak.
A Luke Frankiw walk reloaded the bases for Miranda, who singled down the left-field line for two more runs.
Andrew Monger (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) got a double play to get out of the inning, though.
Zach Jones (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) picked up the win, striking out four in seven innings.
Hayward finished with four hits and seven RBIs in the twinbill while Najera had five knocks and two RBIs. Longo and Jackow contributed three hits apiece.
McDaniel returns to action at home against Penn State-York on Monday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.