Conrad Scores Winning Run on Wild Pitch
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Sophomore TC Conrad (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) scored the game-winning run on a one-out wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning to give host Washington College a 9-8 walk-off win over visiting Swarthmore on Friday afternoon in a Centennial Conference baseball game at Athey Baseball Park in the back end of a home and home series. The Shoremen, who picked up their first conference win of the year, avenged a 12-2 Garnet win in the first game of the series two days ago at Swarthmore.
Washington College 9 Swarthmore 8 (10 Innings)
How It Happened
- In the bottom of the 10th inning, Ryan Zwier led off the inning with a four-pitch walk and was ran for by Conrad. Conrad would steal second base and after a fly out for the first out of the inning, Swarthmore pitcher Griffin Kammerer intentionally walked Evan Hirschbaum. The next hitter Aaron Barclay worked out a walk on a full count to load the bases and sent Ryan Donnelly up the plate. On an 0-2 pitch, Donnelly took a pitch that was ruled just off the outside corner for ball one. On the next pitch, Kammerer threw a pitch over the head of his catcher Jaron Schrock and Conrad was able to score without a throw to home plate to end the ballgame.
- Swarthmore scored the game's first run in the top of the first inning when with one away AJ Liu scored on a single to left field by Conor Elliott to give the Garnet a fast 1-0 lead.
- The Shoremen plated two runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead with nobody out on a two-run base hit to left by Hirschbaum to drive in both Luke D'Ostilio and Matt Tancredi. Washington would extend its lead to two runs when with two outs in the last of the second, Charlie Meder singled to right with two away to plate Gavin O'Donnell to give the hosts a 3-1 lead after two innings.
- In the top of the third inning, a two-out throwing error by the Shoremen that would have ended the frame instead allowed both Elliott and Cole Beeker to score and tie the game at 3-3.
- Donnelly would restore the Shoremen lead in the bottom of the third at 4-3 when he led off with a home run down the right field line and it ignited a five-run outburst. D'Ostilio made it 5-3 when he singled home Logan Dubbé on a hit to left and Tancredi worked out a bases loaded walk to force in Joe Lozupone to push the lead to 6-3. With one out, Hirschbaum singled through the left side to drive in O'Donnell to push the lead to four and the run scoring was capped on a fielder's choice off the bat of Barclay that drove in D'Ostilio that gave WC an 8-3 edge after three as the hosts sent 10 men to the dish.
- In the top of the sixth, the Garnet loaded the bases with nobody out. After a pair of pop outs, Beeker beat out an infield single to shortstop that scored both Shrock and Ryan Burnett to cut the lead to 8-5 with Burnett scoring from second base. The next hitter, Max Grullon singled to right-center to drive in Liu to chase Washington starting pitcher Billy Benson from the game and reduce the hosts lead to 8-6 to cap the visitors' three-run frame. Following a walk to pinch-hitter Jackson Roberts to load the bases, Shoremen hurler Mike Bartels got Matt Palmer to hit a check-swing comebacker for the third out to preserve the two-run lead.
- Swarthmore would tie the game with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh at 8-8. With one away, Liu doubled to right-center to drive in Burnett to trim the lead to 8-7 and with two outs, Beeker singled down the left field line to score Liu and knot the contest up.
- Washington had runners on the corners in the last of the eighth with outs, but Swarthmore pitcher James Rutledge struck out Donnelly looking on a full count pitch to keep the game tied.
- Palmer got a two-out single to right-center for the Garnet in the top of the 10th, but that's all the offense Swarthmore could muster in the frame as the next batter Shrock grounded out to third to end the inning.
For The Shoremen (10-14, 1-3 CC)
- Hitting: Hirschbaum (3-for-4, three RBI, D'Ostilio (2-for-5, two runs), Meder (2-for-6), O'Donnell (two runs)
- Pitching: Sean Weiss (win 1-0, 3 1/3 innings, three hits, zero runs, zero walks, two strikeouts), Benson (5 2/3 innings, nine runs, six runs, four earned, two walks, two strikeouts)
- Washington had 12 hits, drew eight walks and had one player reach via hit by pitch, while leaving 11 on base.
- The Shoremen had two errors in the game leading to a pair of unearned runs for the Garnet.
For Swarthmore (8-16, 1-3 CC)
- Hitting: Liu (4-for-5, three runs), Beeker (3-for-5, three RBI), Burnett (2-for-4, two runs), Elliot (2-for-5), Grullon (2-for-6)
- Pitching: Kammerer (loss 1-1, 1 1/3 innings, one hit, one run, one earned, three walks, one strikeout), Noah Linhart (starter, two-plus innings, nine hits, eight runs, five earned, two walks, two strikeouts), Zach Gonzalez (five inning, one hit, zero runs, two walks, three strikeouts)
- The Garnet notched 15 hits, drew four walks and had two hitters get hit by pitch as they left 15 on base.
- The visitors had three errors in the loss, leading to three unearned runs for Washington.
- Hirschbaum was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Player of the Game on the webcast of the contest.
- Tancredi extended his hitting streak to seven games with his first inning single.
- The Shoremen snapped their four-game losing streak with the win.
- It was Washington's first extra inning game of the season and the team's longest contest of the year, 3:40.
- WC has won five straight games in extra innings dating back to March 26, 2016.
4/8 @ Gettysburg – 12:30 p.m. (Centennial Conference Doubleheader)
- Shoremen and Bullets split a twinbill last season in Chestertown.