#21 Blue Jays Win Slugfest Against Shoremen, 10-7

#21 Blue Jays Win Slugfest Against Shoremen, 10-7

Teams Combine for Seven Homers as Washington Socks Four and Hopkins Launch Three

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting #21 Johns Hopkins hit one fewer home run this afternoon than host Washington College, but the guests came away with a 10-7 win over the hosts on Thursday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park in Centennial Conference baseball action.  The Blue Jays, who went deep three times, improve to 23-9 overall and 9-3 in the Centennial, while the Shoremen, who went yard four times for the second time in 2019, drop to 23-10 and 5-7 respectively.       

#21 Johns Hopkins 10 Washington College 7

How It Happened
- The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the second inning on a grand slam home run to left field by Bradley Parsons with one away that also scored Nate Davis, Chris DeGiacomo and Tim Kutcher.
- In the bottom of the second, Ryan Colbert got the Shoremen on the board with two away as he cracked a three-run long ball to right field that plated Luke D'Ostilio and Tommy Buckman to trim the Johns Hopkins lead to 4-3.
- In the top half of the third, Chris Festa and Davis led off the frame with solo home runs to give Hopkins a 6-3 edge.  Festa homered to right and Davis went deep to center.
- Jack Kingman socked a one-out solo blast over the fence in left-center in the bottom of the fourth for Washington to trim the visitors' lead to 6-4.
- Hopkins scored a pair of unearned runs in the top of the sixth to take an 8-4 lead.  With one away, Mark Lopez doubled to left-center to chase in Tim Kutcher to give the Blue Jays a three-run lead and with two outs, Lopez came around to score on a base hit up the middle by Mike Eberle.
- Washington responded with two in its half of the sixth to trim the deficit to 8-6.  D'Ostilio homered to right with one away to reduce the lead to three and with two away Colbert singled to right to drive in Buckman to erode Hopkins' lead to two.
- In the bottom of the seventh, the Shoremen had the go ahead run at home plate in Ryan Zwier, but Hopkins pitcher Josh Hejka got Zwier to hit into a double play to end the inning and keep the score at 8-6.
- The Blue Jays got two runs in the top of the eighth as Davis doubled down the left field line to drive in both Lopez and Matthew Richie with one away to push their lead to 10-6.
- Ben Ruvo launched the Shoremen's fourth homer of the game over the fence in right field with one away in the bottom of the ninth to cut the lead to 10-7 and provided the final margin.

For The Shoremen (23-10, 5-7 CC)
- Hitting: Colbert (2-for-4, four RBI to set career-best, home run), Ben Ruvo (3-for-4, home run), Buckman (2-for-4, two runs), D'Ostilio (two runs, home run), Kingman (home run), Zwier (2-for-4), Chris Baker (2-for-5)
- Pitching: Billy Benson (loss 2-1, four innings, six hits, six runs, six earned, two walks, four strikeouts)
- Washington had 13 hits and drew one walk while leaving four on base. 
- The Shoremen had three errors in the game, leading to three unearned runs for the Blue Jays.

For #21 Johns Hopkins (23-9, 9-3 CC)
- Hitting: Lopez (3-for-5, two runs, RBI), Davis (2-for-2, three RBI, two runs, three walks), Kutcher (two runs), Eberle (2-for-5, RBI), Parsons (four RBI, grand slam home run), Festa (home run)
- Pitching: Sean McCracken (win 5-2, 5 1/3 innings, 10 hits, six runs, five earned, zero walks, five strikeouts), Hejka (save 4, 2 2/3 innings, one hit, one run, one earned, zero walks, one strikeout)
- The Blue Jays notched 11 hits and drew seven walks as they left nine on base.
- Johns Hopkins had one error in the contest, leading to one unearned run for Washington.

Notes
- Colbert was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Player of the Game on the broadcast.  The freshman had his first multi-RBI game this afternoon with four.  Prior to today he had nine RBI which came in nine different games this season.
- Washington went yard four times for the second time in 2019 as they hit four homers in a 13-2 victory over Northwestern (Minn.) on March 12.

Up Next
4/20 v. Muhlenberg (2) – 12:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference Twinbill)
- Games were moved to Chestertown from Allentown, Pa. due to the expected forecast.
- If Saturday's doubleheader is postponed, the two teams will play at Muhlenberg on April 28 in Allentown.