Valori breaks hits record in win

Nick Valori (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Nick Valori (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning en route to a 13-6 victory over Washington (Md.) in Centennial Conference (CC) baseball action on Friday.

Nick Valori (Sewell, N.J./Washington Twp.) led the Green Terror (12-17, 4-8 CC) with three hits on the day, giving him 211 for his career and breaking the program record set by Marty Windisch last season. His tying hit came on a double into the left-field corner to lead off the seventh inning.

Matt Tancredi paced the Shoremen (13-19, 4-8 CC) with three hits of his own.

Valori and Antonio Rosanova (Laurel, Md./DeMatha) led off the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles to ignite the five-run frame.

After a wild pitch, RBI groundout and sacrifice fly made it a 2-0 game, Chris Morris (Wynnewood, Pa./Harriton) started a straight of three straight singles. A pair of walks around a fielder's choice that did not result in an out stretched the lead to 5-0 after an 11-batter inning.

Four singles in the bottom of the third, including the career-record tying hit by Valori, stretched the lead to 8-0.

A Tancredi laser up the middle and Charlie Meder double to the gap put runners at second and third to lead off the fourth. Wes Robertson followed with a single to left, cutting the deficit to 8-2. A two-out miscue after a double play allowed Robertson to score and made it an 8-3 game.

McDaniel added single runs in the fifth and sixth to re-establish a seven-run advantage.

A Luke D'Ostillo triple keyed a two-run seventh that made it 10-5.

Valori's record-breaking hit sparked another four-run frame in the bottom of the inning.

Rosanova followed with an RBI single through the left side before Eric Grantland (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) singled in the hole on the right side to runners at the corners.

Kasey Nelson (St. Pete Beach, Fla./St. Michael's [Md.]) then sent a no-doubter over the left-field fence on a 2-2 pitch to stretch the lead to 13-5.

Max Hammond homered with one out in the ninth to set the final margin.

Rosanova led the 21-hit attack for the Green Terror with four knocks while Nelson and Logan Seitz (Columbia, Md./Howard) had three hits each. Granted added two hits and three RBIs.

Brad Thaxton (Stevensville, Md./DeMatha) went six innings, striking out five to pick up the win.

McDaniel returns to action at Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 12:30 p.m.

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