Shoremen Win Ninth Straight to Continue Historic Start
Shoremen Off to Best Start in 72 Years After 3-1 Win Over UMASS Boston;
Normoyle Takes Sole Possession of School Record for Career Steals
WINTER HAVEN, FL -- The Washington College baseball team is off to its best start to a season since the Shoremen's 11-1 campaign in 1940 following their 3-1 win over Massachusetts Boston this afternoon at the RussMatt Central Florida Baseball Invitational in Winter Haven, FL. The Shoremen are now 10-1 on the season and are riding their first nine-game win streak since 1997.
An RBI single by senior shortstop Ryan Normoyle (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) put the Shoremen up, 1-0, in the bottom of the third inning. The Beacons evened the score in the top of the fifth when Charles LaPaglia scored on a double play.
Neither team scored again until junior center fielder Sean Connole (Mt. Airy, MD/St. John's Catholic) drove in sophomore Pat Kinsella (Guilford, CT/Guilford) and Ian Remington (Guilford, CT/Guilford) with a two-out, two-run single to left field in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the Shoremen up, 3-1.
The Beacons threatened in the seventh by getting runners on first and third with no outs but Washington junior Joe Kearney-Argow (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) got out of the jam by retiring the next two batters. The Beacons had a runner on first with two outs in the bottom of the ninth when Todd Ezold singled to left field, but Tyler Kirwan was thrown out by Washington freshman left fielder Matt Christopher (Kennett Square, PA/Unionville) when trying to go from first to third on the play.
Normoyle and Christopher each went 2-for-4 in the game for Washington and were the only players from either team with multiple hits in the game. Normoyle also stole two bases in the game to take over sole possession of the school record for career stolen bases with 68. The previous record of 66 was set by Jay McEvoy from 2002-05. Normoyle's record-breaking 67th steal came in the third inning.
Kearney-Argow got the win for the Shoremen, allowing one run on seven hits and no walks while striking out five batters in seven innings of work. Senior Steve Cameron (Laurel, MD/Reservoir) worked a perfect eighth inning before senior Shane Mattingly (Ellicott City, MD/Centennial) came on in the ninth and picked up the save.
The last time the Shoremen ran off nine straight wins was in the final season for former head coach, the late Ed Athey. Athey's long-time assistant Al Streelman took over the team following his retirement. Streelman will be retiring at the end of this season.
The Shoremen continue play in the RussMatt Central Florida Baseball Invitational tomorrow with a 3:30 p.m. game against Hamilton in Winter Haven.