February 25, 2012

Shoremen Topple Knights In Home And Season Opener, 15-5

Normoyle Becomes School's All-Time Hits Leader

CHESTERTOWN, MD – Senior Ryan Normoyle (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) went 4-for-6 with two runs scored and became Washington College's all-time hit leader as host Washington College downed visiting Neumann, 15-5, on Saturday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park in non-conference baseball action.  The Shoremen improve to 1-0 in the win, while the Knights drop to 2-3.  It was the home and season opener for WC.

Normoyle now has 152 career hits as he surpassed Mike DeBartolome '07 as the hit king at Washington.  DeBartolome had 149 hits from 2004-07.   Normoyle tied the record with a single to left field in the bottom of the first inning and became the leader with a single up the middle in the last of the third.

Washington trailed 3-1 entering the bottom of the sixth when they scored six times to take a 7-3 lead.  Sophomore Jon Mahaffey (Sykesville, MD/Century) scored on a single to left-center by junior CY Daniel Wu (Lowloon, Hong Kong/International Secondary School) and Wu advanced to second on a field error by the Knights.  Wu would score on a single to shallow left field by sophomore Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) and the game was tied at 3-3.  With the bases loaded and one out, Remington scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Normoyle to put WC up 4-3, but on the play the throw got away at second base and Connole scored from second to increase the lead to 5-3 as no outs were recorded on the play due to the error.  The next batter, junior John Rolewicz (Bear, DE/Salesianum) hit a sacrifice fly to center to plate sophomore Nick Marinelli (Ellicott City, MD/Marriotts Ridge) and gave the hosts a 6-3 lead.  The next batter, junior Tyler Cotterell (Lincroft, NJ/Middletown South) plated Normoyle on an infield single to third base and made it 7-3 to cap the scoring in the last of the sixth.

The Knights got solo home runs from Bill Pace in the top of the seventh and Kevin Flanigan in the top of the eighth to trim the lead to 7-5.

However in the last of the eighth, the Shoremen scored eight times to blow the game open.  Normoyle led off the inning with a triple to left-center.  He scored on an RBI double down the right field line by Rolewicz to make it 8-5 WC.  Two batters later, freshman Dennis Thomas (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) doubled down the right field line to score Rolewicz and Cotterell to give the Shoremen a five-run cushion at 10-5.  Thomas scored on a two-bagger down the left field line by freshman Matt Christopher (Kennett Square, PA/Unionville) to give the hosts an 11-5 bulge.  Wu doubled to center and scored Christopher to make it 12-5.  Marinelli plated two on a single up the middle to score Wu and sophomore Pat Kinsella (Guilford, CT/Guilford) to give Washington a 14-5 lead.  The scoring was capped on a Cotterell single to third that sent home Marinelli.

Neumann scored in the top of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead when Marty Sessa scored on an RBI groundout to second base off the bat of Matt Grossi.  Washington tied it in the bottom of the fourth at 1-1 when Cotterell scored on a wild pitch. 

The Knights scored twice in the top of the sixth to take a 3-1 lead.  Flanigan doubled to right-center to chase home Derek Etsell from first base to put the visitors up 2-1.  Flanigan scored the second run of the frame for Neumann when he scored on a bases loaded walk by Sessa.

In addition to Normoyle, Cotterell went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI and Wu went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI.  Christopher went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI.  Connole had two hits, while Marinelli scored twice and plated two runs.  Thomas drove in two and sophomore Ian Remington (Guilford, CT/Guilford) had two hits.

For Neumann, Flanigan went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.

Junior pitcher Kyle Aldrich (Warren, NJ/Watchung Hills Regional) got the win in relief and is 1-0 on the season.  He tossed 2.1 innings and struck out four.  WC starting pitcher Shane Mattingly (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) went the first five innings and allowed just one run on two hits while striking out six.  Scott Hammell took the loss for Neumann and drops to 0-1.  He allowed two runs, none earned, and did not retire a batter.

The Shoremen return to action Friday afternoon when they travel to Eastern Shore rival #9 Salisbury.  First pitch is slated for 2:30 p.m.

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