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Stevens Defeats Hopkins, 5-4

Chris Festa went 2-4 with two runs scored in the game.
Chris Festa went 2-4 with two runs scored in the game.
March 11, 2018

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 Lauren Dellipoali
By Lauren Dellipoali
Athletic Communications Assistant
The Basics
• Score: Johns Hopkins - 4, Stevens - 5
• Records: Johns Hopkins (4-4) • Stevens (4-4)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • Babb Field at Stromberg Stadium
• Pitching Decision: W- Charlie Ruegger (1-1), L - Alex Ross (0-2), S - Joseph Deitz (1)
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins baseball team went into the fifth inning with a 3-0 lead, however, Stevens was able to score two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth as the Ducks held on for the 5-4 win on Sunday afternoon.

How it Happened
• The Blue Jays got on the board first as Frank Clara doubled to right and was knocked in by a single from Tim Kutcher.
• Three straight singles from Chris Festa, Alex Darwiche and Nathan Davis loaded the bases for Mike Eberle who legged out an infield single as Festa crossed home to put JHU up 2-0.
Nick Burns didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning when, with a runner on third, Ambrose Consol homered to right to tie the game at two. The Ducks would follow with two singles, but Burns was able to get out of the inning without allowing any more runs.
• Stevens took the lead in the sixth on a two-RBI single from Nathan Zuckerman. A sacrifice fly from Matthew Pasko put the Ducks up 5-2.
• JHU got a run back in the bottom of the inning as Festa singled to center and was knocked in by an Eberle single.
• Down one heading into their final at-bats, the Blue Jays began their rally in the ninth. Chris DeGiacomo walked and Dillon Bowman walked to put runners on the corners with two outs. Bowman swiped second to put the go-ahead run in scoring position. After going up 2-0 in the count, Kutcher was intentionally walked to load the bases, however, Joseph Deitz got Mike Smith swinging to end the game.

Team Leaders
Johns Hopkins:
Hits: Kutcher (3)
RBI: Eberle (2)
Strikeouts: Burns (3)

Hits: Zuckerman (2)
RBI: Consol, Zuckerman (2)
Strikeouts: Charlie Ruegger (7)

What it Means
• The Ducks now hold a 4-0 record against Hopkins. The two teams renewed playing last season after having not played each other since 1936.

Inside the Box Score
• Hopkins totaled 15 hits in the game.
• Kutcher went 3-5 in the game to lead the team with three hits while Eberle and Clara each had two hits in the game.
• Burns went five innings allowing three hits and two runs (one earned). He struck out three and walked one.
Harrison Folk pitched 1.2 innings of perfect relief out of the pen for Hopkins. Preston Betz followed Folk with two innings allowing just one hit.

Up Next
• Johns Hopkins will head to Florida for its spring break trip in Fort Myers. JHU will take on SUNY-Plattsburg on Thursday, March 15 at noon.

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