Sivo records four hits
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Muhlenberg scored a single run in the top of the 10th inning in the opener and carried that momentum to a doubleheader sweep of McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball action on Saturday.
The Mules (9-10, 2-2 CC) took the opener 3-2 before completing the sweep with a 4-0 shutout win.
Sean Sivo (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) led the Green Terror (7-12, 1-3 CC) with four hits, notching two base knocks in each game.
Jimmy Cody and Kurt Johnson notched three hits apiece in the doubleheader.
In game one, Danny Usewick led off the top of the 10th with a single to right field before a sacrifice bunt allowed him to take second then an errant throw when it was off the base sailed into left field allowing him to score for a 3-2 advantage.
Marty Windisch (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) led off the bottom of the inning but a double play and groundout gave the Mules the win.
Singles from Johnson and Brett Rosen put runners at the corners in the top of the second before Johnson scored on a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, Sivo led off with a single before moving to third on a pair of sacrifices.
A wild throw on a groundball prolonged the inning, allowing Sivo to score and tie the game.
A throwing error allowed Brad Hampton (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) to reach to lead off the home fifth before he moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on a Windisch single to right for a 2-1 lead.
A two-out walk to John Scuderi, wild pitch and Max Litvak single up the middle knotted the game in the eighth.
The Green Terror loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth on an error and back-to-back walks to Jonathan McKinney (Jonestown, Pa./Northern Lebanon) and Andrew Hofmeister (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh), chasing the Muhlenberg starter.
Phillip Baleseca came on in relief and recorded a strikeout and flyout to get out of the jam.
In the nightcap, An error around singles up the middle from Cody and Nick Kennedy staked the Mules to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
Johnson led off the seventh with a single before scoring on a ground ball to push the lead to 3-0.
A walk to Litvak to lead off the eighth, sacrifice, wild pitch and Nick Plinio single stretched the lead to four in the eighth.
McDaniel returns to action at Franklin & Marshall on Sunday. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 12:30 p.m.