WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel scored seven runs in the fourth inning of game two to forge a doubleheader split with Swarthmore in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball action on Saturday.
The Garnet (20-13, 8-6 CC) took advantage of numerous miscues for a 14-9 victory in the opener before the Green Terror (18-13, 7-6 CC) rallied to record the split 12-4 in game two.
Marty Windisch (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) led the offense for McDaniel, recording six hits and five RBIs while Tyler Jackow (Colonia, N.J./Colonia) added five hits and two RBIs in his return to the lineup on senior day.
Brian Kaissi had seven hits to lead Swarthmore.
After a quick first 2 ½ innings, Jonathan McKinney (Jonestown, Pa./Northern Lebanon) reached second on a throwing error with one out in the third.
Jackow dropped a bunt for a single to put runners at the corners. With two outs, Brandon Hayward (Salisbury, Md./J.M. Bennett) doubled in McKinney before Windisch delivered a two-run single up the middle for a 3-0 lead.
Marshall Betts (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) drew a walk to lead off the home fourth. Joe Fiore (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Beach) added a one-out walk before McKinney doubled both runners home for a 5-0 advantage.
Back-to-back singles from Jackow and Sean Sivo (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) and a two-out Windisch single stretched the lead to 7-0 and chased Swarthmore starter Oscar Leong.
A Cameron Bahr (Southampton, N.J./Seneca) two-run single pushed the advantage to 9-0.
After a walk to Betts and Pat Christopher (Union Beach, N.J./St. John Vianney) single loaded the bases, Fiore drew a walk to force in Bahr with the game's 10th run.
Singles by Kaissi and Joe Rizzo around a walk to Tim Kwilos loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fifth before an RBI groundout by Scoop Ruxin scored Kaissi to make it a 10-1 game.
Jackow singled in the bottom of the inning before moving to second on a failed pickoff attempt, taking third on a balk and scoring on a Hayward sacrifice fly for an 11-1 lead.
A bases-loaded walk to Nicko Burnett and two-run single by Rizzo made it an 11-4 game in the top of the sixth before Jackow drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the inning to force in Betts for the 12-4 final.
The teams combined for 27 hits and 27 runners left on base in game two alone after a 33-hit opener.
Zach Jones (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) went 5 2/3 innings in game two with eight strikeouts for his eighth win of the season. With two first-inning strikeouts, he reached 200 for his career, becoming just the fourth in program history to that milestone. With 206 Ks, he needs just six to match the program record.
In game one, two walks, an error and double play led two runs in the top of the first for the Garnet.
The Green Terror responded with a Bahr two-run single to score Sivo, who walked to lead off the home half of the frame, and Windsich, who singled, to knot the game.
A pair of singles from Trevor Shepherd and Nick Constantino, sacrifice bunt and Kaissi sacrifice fly put Swarthmore in front, 3-2 in the second.
Four straight singles and a sacrifice fly led to a two-run fourth, pushing the advantage to 5-2.
Swarthmore turned three double plays over the first four innings to keep McDaniel off the board more before four fifth-inning errors coupled with two timely singles, including a two-run knock by Kaissi, led to a five-run frame to make it a 10-2 game.
Betts and Fiore each recorded one-out singles in the sixth before Hayward drove in Betts with a single to right and a balk allowed Fiore to score to cut the deficit to 10-4.
Jackow, Sivo and Windisch led off the home seventh with singles to plate one more run but a pickoff and double play ended the inning.
A Shepherd two-run single capped a four-run eighth, pushing the lead to 14-5.
Bahr, Betts and Fiore all singled to lead off the eighth, loading the bases for Hayward. Hayward followed with a two-run single but another base running miscue thwarted the rally.
Sivo led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk before three straight one-out errors scored two more runs, cutting the deficit to 14-9. Sean Mangus got a strikeout and flyout to lockdown the win.
McDaniel returns to action at Dickinson on Sunday. Game time is 2 p.m.