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Johns Hopkins Wins Second Straight

Sean McCracken retired all six batters he faced to earn his first career save.
March 13, 2016

Box Score

Game Information
Score:  Johns Hopkins 5, Bethel 2
Records: Johns Hopkins (3-5-1), Edgewood (0-1)
Location: Player Development Complex; Ft. Myers, FL
Time of Game: 2:47
Weather: 78 degrees, sunny
Attendance:  85
Pitchers of Record: W- Jake Enterlin (1-0)
                               L- Nate Averill (0-1)
                               S- Sean McCracken (1) 

How it Happened:
- JHU set the tone early as the Jays scored a pair of runs in the top of the first. Conor Reynolds led the inning off with a walk and Brian Lin followed with a single. The runners moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly from Mitch Weaver and an RBI single off the bat of Raul Shah.
- Jake Enterlin then took the mound and continued the momentum, as the senior captain struck out the side in the home half of the first inning on just 11 pitches.
- The Eagles cut their deficit in half during the bottom of the fourth. Nick Lehner led things off with a single and then stole second. A pair of ground balls to second base moved Lehner over to third and brought him in to score.
- Hopkins was able to get the run back in the top of the sixth as they took advantage of an error by the Eagles’ centerfielder Andrew Lauritzen. The error came back to haunt Edgewood when the runner came around to score on an RBI single from Alex Darwiche.
- The Jays increased their lead to 4-1 in the top of the seventh when Tommy Mee led off with a walk and scored later in the inning on an RBI single from Weaver.
- Edgewood scored its final run of the contest in the bottom of the seventh . The Eagles began the inning with three straight singles, but Hopkins was able to get out of the jam allowing just one run.
- Hopkins added an insurance run in the top of the ninth to make it 5-2. Jake Rogers got hit and TJ Gordon, who came into the game to pinch run for Rodgers, stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Mee. Gordon scored later in the inning when Reynolds got in a run down and was able to keep it going until his teammate crossed home plate.



Other JHU Highlights:
- After three straight singles to lead off the bottom of the seventh, the JHU defense was able to nail a pair of Eagles on the basepaths. First, Harrison Folk picked a runner off second base and Weaver followed it up by throwing out an Edgewood runner trying to steal second.
- The Hopkins pitchers combined to strike out nine Edgewood hitters.
- Folk and Sean McCracken, two freshmen, pitched well over the last six innings. Folk allowed two runs in four innings of work and McCracken retired all six batters he faced to earn his first-career save. 

Team Leaders:
Johns Hopkins:
Hits: Lin, Darwiche (2)
Runs: five with one
RBI: Weaver (2)
SB: five with one
Strikeouts: Enterlin (5) 

Hits: Nunn (2)
Runs: Lauritzen, Nunn (1)
RBI: Bogucki, Tucker (1)
SB: Appino, Lauritzen(1)
Strikeouts: Averill (3) 

The Facts:
- JHU improved to 4-0 all-time vs. the Eagles.
- The Blue Jays have now won two in a row for the first time this season.
- Enterlin, who gave up just one hit in three innings of work, earned the 16th mound victory of his career.
- Sunday marked the second consecutive game where the Hopkins defense did not make an error.
- Weaver has a team-best six RBIs this season.
- The nine strikeouts by Hopkins pitchers tie the second most this season. 

Enterlin’s Take: “It felt good to finally get back out there and contribute to a nice team win. Our hitting is coming along and our defense and pitching have both improved as well. I’m excited to see where we can go from here.” –Jake Enterlin

Up Next: Hopkins returns to action tomorrow when it looks to improve the win streak to three. The Jays will square off against Wooster with first pitch scheduled for 3 pm in Ft. Myers.