Lozupone Tallies Three Hits For Shoremen In Victory
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Senior Charlie Meder (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) recorded his second career game-winning hit in the ninth inning against Haverford, this time with a two-run walk-off double to the gap in left-center field in the bottom of the frame to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 Washington College win on Wednesday afternoon in a Centennial Conference baseball game at Athey Baseball Park. Meder also had a game-winning hit in the ninth against Haverford in 2015 when he hit a grand slam in the top of the ninth inning to give WC a 5-4 road win.
Washington College 2 Haverford 1
How It Happened
- In the top of the second inning, Haverford's Harrison Burns reached third base following a failed pickoff attempt at first base with two outs. But the Fords couldn't take advantage of the error as Nick Perez popped out to shortstop to end the inning.
- Washington got runners on first and third in the bottom of the second with one out following a base hit to right-center by Joe Lozupone. However Haverford pitcher Ben Verducci tallied back-to-back strikeouts to keep the game scoreless.
- Each team had runners on second and third with two outs in the fifth inning, but both halves of the inning were ended on grondouts to the shortstop.
- Haverford scored the game's first run after there were two outs and nobody on in the top of the sixth. Will Karp singled to shallow center and stole second base. He would move to third on a wild pitch and would steal home as part of a double steal as he beat the throw of Washington pitcher P.J. Mikulus to give Haverford a 1-0 lead.
- The Shoremen got a pair of runners on base with two outs in the last of the sixth, but the inning ended when Thomas Vollaro caught the fly ball in center off the bat of Luke D'Ostilio.
- In the bottom of the ninth, D'Ostilio worked out a one inning walk and ran for by Logan Dubbé. The next batter, Matt Tancredi extended his hitting streak to 10 games on a base hit to right field and sent Dubbé to third base. On the play, Tancredi took second on a throwing error by the Fords. Following the Tancredi at bat, the Fords went to bullpen as Verducci was relieved by Patrick O'Shea to face Meder. Meder then socked a double to the gap in left-center to score both Dubbé and Tancredi to end the game and gave WC the win.
For The Shoremen (11-16, 2-5 CC)
- Hitting: Lozupone (3-for-4), Meder (two RBI)
- Pitching: Mikulus (seven innings, six hits, one run, one earned, two walks, six strikeouts), Sean Weiss (win 2-0, two scoreless and hitless innings of relief, three strikeouts)
- Washington had seven hits, drew four walks and had three players reach via hit by pitch, while leaving 11 on base.
- The Shoremen had one error in the game, but it did not lead to a Fords run.
For Haverford (12-10-1, 3-3-1 CC)
- Hitting: Burns (2-for-4)
- Pitching: Verducci (loss 0-1, 8 1/3 innings, six hits, two runs, one earned, four walks, four strikeouts)
- The Fords notched six hits and drew two walks as they left six on base.
- The visitors had one error in the loss, leading to one unearned run for Washington.
- Meder was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Player of the Game on the webcast of the contest.
- Verducci is the son of Tom Verducci, who is the senior baseball writer for Sports Illustrated and called the 2014 and 2015 World Series on FOX as a game analyst. In addition to serving as a studio and game analyst on FOX, he also serves as one on the MLB Network.
- Tancredi extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his first inning single.
- Lozupone tallied three hits for the sixth time in his career.
- The Shoremen have now won five straight at Athey Baseball Park over the Fords, dating back to a doubleheader sweep 2014.
- WC has won five straight games in extra innings dating back to March 26, 2016.
4/14 @ Haverford – 3:30 p.m. (Centennial Conference game)
- Teams are playing a home and home for the first time since 2006. The two teams played doubleheaders from 2007-16.