Baseball Split Smashes Playoff Hopes

The Dickinson baseball had a turbulent week to end their season; recording wins against Muhlenburg by a score of 7-6, Washington College 9-8 and Johns Hopkins 7-6. The Red Devils also fell to Penn St.-Harrisburg and Washington College, as well as recording a battling to a rare tie with Muhlenburg due to weather. The Red Devils finished the season at 22-12-1 but failed to make the playoffs because their in-conference record was 8-9-1.

The week began with a Monday affair against out of conference foe Penn State-Harrisburg. Dickinson opened the scoring in the bottom of the second when Luke Besse’s RBI groundout scored Jake Band from third. PSU-H answered quickly however, scoring two runs off of 3 hits and an error in the top of the third, claiming a 2-1 lead. In the top of the fifth inning the Nittany Lions added to their lead with 3 runs off of a pair of hits and 2 errors. The Red Devils would fight back in the bottom of the frame with RBIs from Henry Milano and Rich Hopkins, bringing the score to 5-3. Harrisburg, however, would add an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning, putting their lead at 3, where the game would end 6-3.

Dickinson then had an away-home battle against Muhlenburg with the first leg played on Tuesday. The 7-6 victory for the Red Devils included good, opportunistic hitting and solid pitching. Both Hank Sanders ’14 and Joseph Tursi ’14 posted 2 hit, 2 RBI nights, and Mike Adams ’15 scored two runs to go along with an RBI of his own on a solo shot to left. Garret Kurtz ’16 threw 6 innings surrendering 4 hits, and an unearned run while fanning 6 batters.

The second leg of this contest was played Friday night at home in constant rain. After falling into a 1-0 hole early, the Red Devils exploded with 5 runs in the bottom of the first inning off of 4 hits and an error. Muhlenburg would continue to chip away however, and after 7 innings the game stood at 6-6. At this point, the umpire determined that the game was no longer playable due to weather, and the game ended in a controversial tie, as the weather was appearing to actually let up for the first time all night. Brian McCloud ’16 posted a 2 RBI night, and Sanders was the only Devil with multiple hits. Ryan Kramer ’14 and Tyler Clauson-Wolf ’15 combined for 11 Ks in an impressive tandem.

On Saturday the Red Devils travelled to Washington College for a double header against the Shoremen. In the first leg, Dickinson’s bats were very hot, as the Red Devils totaled 14 hits on the game. The 9-8 victory over Washington was highlighted by 2 home runs for the away side, a 2 run shot from Mike Adams in the first, and another 2 RBI dinger from Rick Hopkins ’17 in the 9th.  The pitching combination of Harley Moore ’15, Matt Cowell ’17 and Christian Acosta ’17 threw 11 strikeouts, with 6 coming from Moore and 4 from Acosta.

The second game was not short of any offense either as both teams combined for 22 hits. The Red Devils would fall 9-8 on the night, in large part due to a 7th inning grand slam from the Shoremen. The Red Devils would fight hard despite this grand slam, as 5 different players recorded multiple hits on the night, including 5 doubles. To go along with the stellar hitting, the Red Devils didn’t give up a single error in the nightcap. The Shoremen’s bats, however, would prove too much in the end.

The season ended Sunday at home with a final Centennial Conference game against the Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins. With only bragging rights on the line, Dickinson showed tremendous grit throughout the game. After back to back controversial calls against the Red Devils, pitcher Garret Kurtz was ejected for arguing a bit too enthusiastically with the umpire. Christian Acosta, however, was terrific in relief with 8 innings and only one earned run. The Devils climbed to an early 3-0 lead, but would fall behind 4-3 in the top of the fourth. The theme of the night for Dickinson proved to be resilience, as the Red Devils clawed back to gain a 5-4 advantage with an RBI double from Sanders and a run from Stephen Haynes ’15 during a pick off attempt from Hopkins. The game would go into extra innings, and in the twelfth frame the Blue Jays took a 5-6 lead off of an RBI sac fly. The Devils would once again climb back however as a run was scored from a throwing error passed first base, bringing Haynes home, setting up Joseph Tursi for the walk off RBI single, ending the Red Devils season in dramatic fashion.