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Blue Jays Sweep Colby

Freshman Chris Festa
March 20, 2017

Box Score


Game One Information

Score:  Johns Hopkins 13, Colby 3

Records:  JHU (9-2), Colby (2-2)

Location:  Fort Myers, FL • Player Development Complex

First Pitch:  8:56 a.m.

Weather:  60 degrees, sunny



Attendance:  45

Pitchers of Record:  W- Nick Bodner (3-0), L- Taimu Ito (0-1)

Game One Summary

  • The Blue Jays came out quickly against the Mules, racking up five unearned runs off freshman starter Taimu Ito in the first inning. After walking Conor Reynolds and Joe Conlon Colby committed an error on an attempted double play, allowing Reynolds to reach home. The scoring continued for Hopkins as Daniel Albert, Alex Darwiche and Jon Hayden loaded the bases and TJ Gordon was hit by a pitch to send Albert home. Chris Festa followed him with his first of four hits in the game, doubling to right field to send the three Blue Jays on base home.
  • Johns Hopkins held onto the five-run lead before adding to it in the fifth inning. Hayden singled up the middle to be the first Blue Jay on base. Gordon bunted to advance Hayden to second when Festa stepped up to the plate. The freshman knocked the ball over the right field fence for his first career home run, a two-run homer increasing JHU’s lead to 7-0. Once against a Blue Jay singled to get on base, this time Nathan Davis, and Conor Reynolds drove him home with an inside the park home run to the right field corner.
  • Hopkins added another four runs in the top of the sixth inning, facing pitcher Alexander Wieder. Wider walked a pair of Blue Jays before hitting pinch hitter Zach Robbins with a pitch to load the bases. Festa added to his stellar day at bat with a two RBI single to right field. With Robbins on third and Festa on first, Davis hit a single to left field to second Robbins home. The Blue Jays loaded the bases once more as Gates Ely was hit by a pitch, and Festa rounded home on a ground out by Joe Conlon. Wieder struck out Albert to close out the inning and the Blue Jay scoring with Hopkins ahead, 9-0.
  • Nick Bodner picked up his team-leading third win, holding off the Mules through five innings. The junior gave up his first earned runs of the season in the bottom of the sixth inning before Cameron Mineo took over at the mound for the final 1.1 innings. Bodner struck out seven and walked one, and Mineo struck out three of the five batters he faced.

Game Two Information

Score:  Johns Hopkins 7, Colby 4

Records:  JHU (10-2), Colby (2-3)

Location:  Fort Myers, FL • Player Development Complex

First Pitch:  11:32 am

Weather:  75 degrees, a bit windy

Attendance:  45

Pitchers of Record:  W- Josh Hejka (1-0), L- Emery Dinsmore (0-1)

Game Two Summary

  • Tim Kutcher kicked off the scoring in game two, posting a single to send Dillon Bowman home from second base. Colby quickly countered in the top of the third. A pair of singles by Jackson Ward and Ryder Arsenault put two Mules on base, and Matt Garcia dropped a hit in right center for a two RBI triple. Garcia rounded home on a William Wessman ground out to put Colby ahead 3-1 heading into the bottom of the third.
  • Mike Eberle singled to right field and Brian Lin worked a walk to reach base. Mike Smith hit his first of two doubles in the game, sending Eberle home and Lin to third base. Bowman was the next Blue Jay to get a hit, singling to third base to drive Lin home and tie the score, 3-3.
  • The score remained knotted at 3-3 until the top of the sixth. Josh Hejka took over pitching duties for the Blue Jays, quickly racking up two outs. Matt Treveloni reached base on an error and a single by Ward advanced him to third. Another single by Arsenault sent home Treveloni for the unearned run and the 4-3 Colby lead.
  • Trailing 4-3, Johns Hopkins made a series of changes to the lineup in the bottom of the sixth. Conor Reynolds entered as a pinch hitter and worked the walk. Kutcher followed him up with a walk of is own. The Mules brought in Daniel Schoenfeld to take over at the mound, and TJ Gordon laid down a successful bunt to load the bases. Ryan Orgielewicz also came on to pinch hit, singling to left center for the game-tying RBI. Alex Darwiche was another pinch hitter for Hopkins in the bottom of the sixth and reached first base on a fielder’s choice. Kutcher rounded home on an error by the third baseman for the unearned run. Eberle and Lin hit a pair of sacrifice flies to increase JHU’s lead to 7-4.
  • Hejka closed out the game with a strikeout and a pair of ground outs to earn his first win of the season. Hejka pitched two innings, struck out two and gave up two hits. Sean McCracken started for the Blue Jays, recording four strikeouts in five innings pitched.

Today’s Team Leaders
Johns Hopkins:
Hits: Festa (4)
Runs: Hayden, Reynolds (3)
RBI: Festa (7)
Strikeouts: Bodner (7)

Hits: Ward, Arsenault (4)
Runs: Seven with (1)
RBI: Schmidt, Garcia (2)
Strikeouts: Dinsmore (5)

Inside the Box Score
Chris Festa recorded seven RBI as he hit a home run and two doubles in the first game against Colby. Festa tallied four hits in four at-bats for a pair of runs with a 1.000 batting average and a 2.250 slugging percentage.
• The Blue Jays recorded 18 RBI on the day, including a season-high 12 in the first game. Reynolds also contributed more than one RBI on the day, while 11 JHU players in total batted in at least one.

What it Means
• Johns Hopkins swept the Mules in the teams’ first meeting, earning a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series between the teams.
• With a 10-2 record, the Blue Jays have won 10 of their first 12 games of a season for the 11th time in program history.
• Without a homerun in the second game of the doubleheader, JHU concludes a four-game home run streak, including two homers in the first game of against Colby and two against St. Joseph’s (LI).

Up Next
• Hopkins will take on Vassar Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Terry Park. The Brewers are coached by former Blue Jay Matthew Righter (’04).
• JHU will play one more doubleheader during its Florida trip, facing St. Joseph’s (LI) for the second time Wednesday at 9 a.m. before playing North Central (IL) at 1 p.m.

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