WESTMINSTER, Md. – Entering the weekend, McDaniel virtually needed a 3-0 weekend to make the Centennial Conference (CC) baseball tournament. A day after exploding for a 15-1 victory, the Green Terror completed the hat trick and swept Ursinus on Saturday.
Not only did McDaniel work its way into the postseason, but did so in style. The Green Terror (30-8, 11-7 CC) captured the first game 6-2 to give head coach Dave Seibert his 500th career victory. McDaniel followed that up with a 15-4 victory to move into the No. 3 seed next weekend and reach 30 wins for the first time in program history. After Dickinson defeated Washington in game two of its doubleheader to knock the Shoremen out of the playoffs, Haverford completed a sweep of Gettysburg to drop the Bullets to fourth. The Green Terror will travel to face the Fords in the opening game of the double-elimination tournament on Thursday. Game time will be finalized on Monday. The entire field then heads to Baltimore to conclude the tournament at Johns Hopkins on Saturday and Sunday.
Marty Windisch (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) led the way on senior day, throwing his first complete game of the season, scattering seven hits and striking out seven. In game two, he went 5-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Vincent Terry led the Bears (16-23, 2-16 CC) with four hits in the twinbill.
Ursinus jumped out in front in game one when Jake Banks led off the top of the third inning with a single before a Travis Kozak single up the middle with two outs put runners at the corners. Terry followed with a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.
Windisch successfully laid down the sacrifice before a Cameron Bahr (Southampton, N.J./Seneca) RBI groundout evened the game at 1-all.
Windisch and Sean Pisak continued to duel in a battle of two of the conference's top pitchers before Bahr touched the Ursinus hurler for a single to the gap to start the sixth and open the floodgates.
Eric Grantland (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) laced the ninth pitch he was through the right side for a two-run single to break the deadlock.
A Kaleb Reitz (Halifax, Pa./Halifax) single made it 4-1 and chased Pisak. A fielding error and Rosanova sacrifice fly stretched the lead to 6-1.
Banks was hit by a pitch to lead off the eighth before moving to second on a balk and scoring on a Terry two-out triple in the top of the eighth.
Bahr, Valori and Rosanova each had two hits in game one.
McDaniel went right to work in the bottom of the first of the nightcap with a Windisch one-out single up the middle.
Bahr dropped a ball into shallow center and Chris Morris (Wynnewood, Pa./Harriton) followed with a ball up the middle off the shortstop's glove that Windisch was able to speed around and score for the game's first run.
A wild pitch allowed Bahr to come home for a 2-0 advantage.
A hit batter, Austin Kurey single and CJ Diana three-run home run to left field put the Bears in front by one in the top of the second.
The Green Terror got the run back in the bottom of the frame on singles by Rosanova and Windisch.
The score held until Morris got things going with two outs in the fifth inning, dropping a ball into the left field that the fielder made a diving attempt on but could not get to for a double.
Valori singled up the middle to score Morris and Grantland took the first pitch he saw over the left-field fence for a 6-3 lead.
McDaniel broke the game wide open in the sixth, sending 13 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs off four different Ursinus pitchers.
Two-run singles by Grantland and Rosanova – both with the bases loaded – keyed the big inning that stretched the advantage to 13-3.
A Terry two-out double and Chris Jablonski single made it a 13-4 game in the top of the seventh.
Tyler O'Shea (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) and Brad Hampton (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson) singled to lead off the home eighth before scoring on singles by Windisch and Colin Franke (Highland Hills, N.Y./Cornwall Central), respectively, for the final margin.
In addition to Windisch's five hits, Grantland and O'Shea notched three hits apiece while Sivo, Morris and Rosanova had two each.
Zachary Fortuna (Metuchen, N.J./Metuchen) picked up the win, throwing 3 1/3 innings in relief with three strikeouts.