Fiore notches six hits in split

Joe Fiore (c) 2014 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

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.

Brad Hampton (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth inning before Sean Sivo (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) singled to put runners at the corners.

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.

Zach Kronick (Schenectady, N.Y./Guilderland) struck out seven in 4 1/3 innings of work in game two after Andrew Monger (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) fanned six in a complete-game win in the opener.

McDaniel returns to action at home against No. 22 Gettysburg on Tuesday. Game time is 3:30 p.m.

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