Barclay’s Three-Run Blast Allows Shoremen To Salvage 8-8 Tie Against Eagles

Barclay’s Three-Run Blast Allows Shoremen To Salvage 8-8 Tie Against Eagles

Homers With Two Outs and Two On In The Bottom of the Ninth

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Freshman Aaron Barclay (Crofton, Md./Archbishop Spalding) hit a game-tying three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to left-center field, for his first collegiate long ball, to help host Washington College rally from 8-5 deficit to tie visiting Eastern 8-8 on Wednesday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park in a non-conference baseball game.  The game called one batter later on a 1-0 count due to darkness.

Washington College 8 Eastern 8

How It Happened
-The Shoremen got out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a two-run double down the left field with one away.
-Washington scored three times in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-0 lead.  With one out, Charlie Meder scored on a wild pitch to take a 3-0 lead.  Two batters later, Joe Lozupone plated Wes Robertson on a squeeze bunt base hit to make it 4-0.  With two outs, Bryan Baquer had an RBI infield single to shortstop to put the hosts ahead by five runs.
-The Eagles would rally and take the lead with a six-run top half of the fifth inning.  With one out, Timmy Gorton singled to center to chase home two and cut the WC lead to 5-2.  Three batters later, Joe Grato hit a grand slam home run over the centerfield fence to give Eastern a 6-5 lead.
-Washington had the tying run in scoring position in each of the next three frames, but left four runners stranded in scoring position.
-In the top half of the eighth, Eastern scored twice to push its lead to 8-5.  Jake Bunjo came home on a one-out wild pitch to make it 7-5.  With two away, Joseph De Los Santos singled through the left side to score Angelo Kelly to put the visitors ahead by three.
-In the bottom of the ninth, Tancredi singled up the middle with one out and Robertson singled to left with two away.  Barclay then socked his first career home run over the fence in left-center field to knot the game at 8-8.
-After the first pitch to Mike Pugh was called a ball, the game was called due to darkness.

For The Shoremen (2-1-1)
-Hitting: Tancredi (2-for-3, two runs, two walks), Lozupone (3-for-5, game-high in hits with three), Robertson (2-for-3, two runs), Meder (two runs), Barclay (three RBI)
-Pitching: Sean Weiss (2 2/3 scoreless innings, one hit, two walks and two strikeouts)
-Washington left 10 runners on base, including seven in scoring position.
-The hosts had 12 hits in the game.
-Committed one error in the game, did not lead to an unearned run.

For Eastern (1-6-1)
-Hitting: Grato (2-for-4, four RBI, grand slam home run), Gorton (2-for-4, two RBI), Jake Bunjo (2-for-3, two runs scored), Andrew Boykin (2-for-4), Kelly (two runs)
-Pitching: Tyler Sterkenburg, Ian Roth and Matt Banjo (three innings combined of scoreless relief, four strikeouts, three walks and two hits)
-The Eagles had 11 hits in the ballgame and did not commit an error in the field.
-Eastern left nine men on base and hit into one double play.

Notes
-It was the Shoremen's first tie since a 9-9 draw against Virginia-Wise on March 12, 2002 in Cocoa, Fla.
-Washington assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Scott Renauro played his collegiate ball from 2009-12 at Eastern.  He was a two-time All-Freedom Conference second team selection.

Up Next
3/11 v. Neumann – 3:00 p.m. (non-conference game)
-Neumann won the last meeting in 2013 by a 16-0 score, but Washington has won 16 of the 21 all-time meetings.