Hopkins' Comeback Bid Falls Short
Score: Keystone 5, #24 Johns Hopkins 4
Records: Keystone (1-0, Johns Hopkins (0-1)
Location: Babb Field at Stromberg Stadium in Baltimore, MD
Weather: 46 degrees,
Pitchers of Record:
W- Jesse Arnold (1-0)
L- Carter Burns (0-1)
S- Yeison Andujar (1)
How it Happened:
- The Giants opened up the scoring before a hit or out was recorded in the game. Julian Lanfranco led the contest off with a walk and Billy Nelson was then hit by a pitch. Hopkins catcher Ryan Orgielewicz attempted to pick Lanfranco off second base, but the Giants’ second basemen took off for third. JHU was able to get Nelson out in a rundown between first and second base, but it came at the cost of a run as Lanfranco rounded third and scored.
- Keystone got back to back doubles from Nelson and Alex Herceg to lead off the top of the fourth inning and double its lead to 2-0.
- Conor Reynolds walked, stole second and eventually scored on a sac fly from Mitch Weaver to plate the first Blue Jay run of the season and cut the squad’s deficit in half.
- After Keystone added a run in the top of the fifth to make it 3-1, they doubled their lead to 5-1 in the sixth when Chris Triano sent a blast over the left field wall.
- Hopkins cut the lead to 5-3 after seven innings with an RBI groundout from Jon Hayden and heads up base running from Raul Shah, who took off from third base when teammate Tommy Mee found himself in a rundown between first and second base.
- It looked like Hopkins would tie it in the bottom of the eighth when the Blue Jays had the bases loaded and nobody out, still trailing 5-3. Daniel Albert made it 5-4 with an RBI single, but the Jays were not able to get any closer as a hard line drive off the bat of Mitch Weaver was hit right at Keystone first baseman Louis Reyes.
- Hopkins had one final chance to tie it in the bottom of the ninth when Reynolds found himself at the plate with a runner on second and two outs, but the junior popped up to shortstop to end the game.
Other JHU Highlights:
- The Jays drew eight walks in the loss, including three by Orgielewicz and two each from Reynolds and Hayden.
- Nick Bodner and Josh Hejka both had impressive debuts out of the bullpen. Both pitchers each threw a scoreless inning and struck out a pair of batters.
- Orgielewicz threw out a pair of Giants on the basepaths.
Hits: Lin, Albert, Shah (1)
Runs: Lin, Reynolds, Smith, Shah (1)
RBI: Albert, Weaver, Hayden (1)
SB: Reynolds , Hayden (1)
Strikeouts: C. Burns (6)
Hits: Herceg, Reyes (2)
Runs: Five with (1)
RBI: Triano (2)
SB: Lanfranco (1)
Strikeouts: Baez (4)
- Saturday’s loss was the first for Hopkins in a season opener since 2005.
- It is just the third time the Jays have been defeated on Babb field, JHU drops to 14-3 at home since the field was established last year. Two of those losses have now come in home openers.
- Hopkins and Keystone have now played four times, with each team winning two.
Up Next: Hopkins returns to Babb Field tomorrow at 2:30pm against SUNY New Paltz. The Hawks are coached by Matt Righter, a former Johns Hopkins baseball player and assistant coach.