Rolewicz Goes 3-for-5 with Two RBI, Two Runs
CHESTERTOWN, MD - Visiting Arcadia University pounded out 16 hits en route to a 10-6 win over host Washington College, 10-6, on Wednesday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park in non-conference action. The Knights are now 5-16 on the season, while the Shoremen fall to 11-8.
The Shoremen scored two runs in the bottom of the first to take a quick 2-0 lead. Sophomore John Rolewicz (Bear, DE/Salesianum) plated freshman Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) on a double to left-center to make it 1-0. Rolewicz scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of fellow classmate Ryan Normoyle (Mount Laurel, NJ/Lenape) for the second run of the frame.
The Knights got one back in the top of the second on a two-out double by Jerry Smith that drove in Joe Rafanelli to reduce the WC lead to 2-1. In the bottom of the frame, freshman Kyle Aldrich (Warren, NJ/Watchung Hills Regional) scored on an RBI single off the bat of Joe Willis (Mullica Hill, NJ/Kingsway Regional) to get the lead back to two runs at 3-1. Jason Heryla robbed Connole of hit in left field for the third out and prevented another Washington from scoring another run.
Arcadia's Marc Gottfried walked to lead off the third and scored on a triple by Rich Schlamowitz to cut the Shoremen's lead to 3-2. Schlamowitz scored on a one-out single by Kyle Jackson to even the game at 3-3. The Knights took their first lead of the game at 4-3 on a two-out RBI single by Gottfried that landed between the second baseman and right fielder in shallow right to score Heryla, who reached on a fielding error.
Mike McElhatton hit a double to center that drove in David Kutteroff to give Arcadia a 5-3 lead in the top of the fifth. Rafanelli extended the visitors' lead to 6-3 in the inning on a single up middle that plated Kyle Jackson.
Washington loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fifth. Arcadia threw out two runners at the plate on fielder's choices. The Shoremen did get one run when Connole was forced in after Normoyle was hit by a pitch to trim the Arcadia lead to 6-4. However a flyout ended the threat with the bases loaded.
Schlamowitz gave the Knights a three-run bulge at 7-4 when he plated Smith on a infield single with two away in the top of the eighth. Matt Pempkowski in the top of the ninth hit a three-run home run over the centerfield wall to give Arcadia a six-run lead at 10-4. The Shoremen got a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth on RBI hits by Rolewicz and senior Matt Boucher (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) to provide the final margin.
On the mound for Arcadia, Dan Manning got the win and improves to 1-0 as he threw the first five innings. At the dish, Schlamowitz was 5-for-5 with two RBI and run scored to pace the Knights' attack. Jackson, Kutteroff and McElhatton all had two hits, while Heryla and Smith both crossed home plate twice. Pempkowski drove in a game-high three runners.
For Washington, Rolewicz led the Shoremen offense with a 3-for-5 afternoon with two RBI and two runs scored. Connole was 2-for-4 and scored three times. Normoyle had two RBI for the hosts. On the hill, Connole took the loss and falls to 0-2.
Washington hosts McDaniel on Friday at 3:30 p.m. in a Centennial Conference game.