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Bowman's Homer in the 10th Gives JHU a 4-3 Win Over #1 Cortland St.

Dillon Bowman hit a walk-off in the tenth
Dillon Bowman hit a walk-off in the tenth
March 4, 2018

Box Score

 Lauren Dellipoali
By Lauren Dellipoali
Athletic Communications Assistant
The Basics
• Score: #17 Hopkins - 4, #1 Cortland St. - 3 (10 innings)
• Records: JHU (3-2) o Cortland St. (4-4)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Babb Field at Stromberg Stadium
• Pitching Decision: W - Josh Hejka (2-0) • L - Frank Vesuvio (0-1)
• The Short Story: Leading off the bottom of the 10th in a 3-3 game against top-ranked Cortland St., Dillion Bowman launched the Frank Vesuvio pitch over the right-field wall to give the Johns Hopkins baseball team a 4-3 victory in extra innings on Sunday afternoon.

How it Happened
• The Red Dragons got on the board first in the fourth inning as Garrett Heaton scored on an error.
• JHU responded in the bottom of the inning as Zach Jaffe led off the inning with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chris DeGiacomo.
• Cortland got right back in the lead in the fifth on an RBI by Heaton which scored Nate Budge, and the Red Dragons extended their lead to two runs in the sixth on an RBI by Budge. Josh Hejka came into relieve Alex Ross with two outs in the inning, and stranded the Cortland baserunners, getting Antonio Pragana to ground into a fielder's choice.
• DeGiacomo walked and Mike Smith was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the sixth to put runners on first and second for Alex Darwiche, who doubled to left to score DeGiacomo and bring JHU to within one at 3-2. Chris Festa then singled home Smith to tie the game.
• Cortland got two hits off Hejka in the top of the ninth, however, the righty got Mathew Personius to fly out to end the inning and keep the game tied at three.
Mike Ainsworth walked in the bottom of the ninth and was pinch run for by Bradley Parsons, but Parson would be stranded at first as the two teams would need extra innings to decide the game.
• Hejka retired the Red Dragons in order in the top of the tenth and Bowman stepped up to the plate to lead off the bottom of the inning and took the pitch by Frank Vesuvio over the right field wall to give the Blue Jays an exciting 4-3 win.

Team Leaders
Johns Hopkins:
Hits: Five players with one
RBI: Four players with one
Strikeouts: Alex Ross 9

Cortland St.:
Hits: Budge - 2
RBI: Two with one
Strikeouts: Mike Harrington - 4

What it Means
• This is the second-straight season that Hopkins has defeated SUNY Cortland via a walk-off home run. Last season Mike Smith won the game for the Blue Jays with a homer.
• JHU is now 2-4 against Cortland having won the last two meetings.

Inside the Box Score
• Ross went the first 5.2 innings allowing just three hits and three runs (one earned). He struck out nine batters and gave up four walks.
• Hejka was great out of the pen, pitching 4.1 innings allowing just three hits and no walks. He struck out four Cortland batters.
• Jaffe, Darwiche, Festa, Mike Eberle and Bowman had all the Blue Jay hits in the game.

Up Next
• Hopkins is right back at it tomorrow for another non-conference game against Messiah tomorrow at 3 pm at Babb Field.

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