SWARTHMORE, Pa. – McDaniel and Swarthmore used big innings in an offensive battle to earn a Centennial Conference (CC) baseball doubleheader split on Saturday.
The Green Terror (14-15, 8-6 CC) took the opener 7-3 before the Garnet (16-15, 5-9 CC) took the nightcap 12-6 despite being outhit, 16-13. Swarthmore pitching stranded 14 McDaniel runners on base in game two, including at least one in every inning.
Joe Fiore (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Beach) led the Green Terror offensively with six hits on the day, recording a pair of three-hit outings and adding four RBIs in the opener.
John Lim led the Garnet with five hits of his own.
Trailing 3-0 after a Cody Rubin two-one single capped a four-hit, three-run second, Marshall Betts (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) was hit by a one-out pitch in the fourth inning.
Back-to-back errors loaded the bases before Fiore drove in Betts and Nick Valori (Sewell, N.J./Washington Twp.) with a two-run single to center field.
A Fiore one-out single, wild pitch, passed ball and Eric Grantland (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) two-out infield single knotted the game at 3-all in the seventh inning.
Marty Windisch (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) drew a walk with one out in the eighth inning before Betts reached on an error.
A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position for Valori, who singled through the left side to score Windisch and put runners at the corners.
After a pitching change and Valori stolen base, Fiore roped a two-out double to clear the bases and stretch the lead to 6-3.
An error allowed Fiore to score and set the final margin.
Trailing 3-1 in game two, Gregory Cox drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fifth inning.
After a sacrifice moved Cox to second, Lim drove a single through the left side to pull the hosts within 3-2.
A dropped fly ball put runners at second and third before a walk to Scoop Ruxin loaded the bases.
After a pitching change, Steven Matos-Torres singled home Lim to even the game at 3-all.
A Danny McMahan sacrifice fly plated Nick Burnett with the go-ahead run before a pair of two-run hits from Trevor Shepherd and Cox capped a seven-run frame.
A single from Valori, two wild pitched and a Fiore RBI knock closed the deficit to 8-4 in the top of the seventh.
A two-run double from Burnett keyed a four-run home half of the frame that pushed the lead to 12-4.
A wild pitch allowed Chad Nazelrod (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) to score in the top of the eighth.
A Cameron Bahr (Southampton, N.J./Seneca) double, PJ Anderson (Falls Church, Va./George Mason) single and Chris Morris (Wynnewood, Pa./Harrington) RBI groundout set the final margin in the top of the ninth.
A Shepherd single scored Matos-Torres, who led off the inning with a single, to stake Swarthmore to a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
A balk knotted the game at 1-all.
A Nazelrod single once again put runners at the corners before a double play allowed Sivo to score for a 2-1 lead.
A Valori single and stolen base followed by a Betts single up the middle stretched the lead to 3-1.
Nazelrod joined Fiore with three hits in game two while Sivo, Valori and Betts all had two.
McDaniel returns to action at home against No. 22 Gettysburg on Tuesday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.