March 29, 2004
EWING, NJ. -- Junior designated hitter Eric Nigro (Randolph, NJ/Taft Prep) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI and four Johns Hopkins pitchers combined to scatter six hits as the top-ranked Blue Jay baseball team improved to 18-0 with an 8-4 victory over 20th-ranked College of New Jersey. The 18 consecutive victories ties the school record, which has stood since 1989.
The Blue Jays scored all eight of their runs between the fifth and eighth innings after spotting the Lions a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Brian Hickey led off the bottom of the fourth with a double and later scored on an RBI single by sophomore Chris Wilson. Freshman Gerard Heran, who had walked after Hickey's single, scored on a wild pitch to account for CNJ's other run in the inning.
The Blue Jays answered right back in the top of the fifth as senior Brian Morley (Tappan, NY/Don Bosco Prep) scored on a ground out and Nigro, who had singled, scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Corey Gleason (Binghamton, NY/Binghamton).
The Lions added a single run in the bottom of the fifth to take a 3-2 lead before the Blue Jays took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Senior Rob Morrison (Malibu, CA/Loyola) and junior Paul Winterling (Glenelg, MD/McDonogh School) both singled with one out with Winterling's single knocking home Morrison. Winterling later scored on a wild pitch and Nigro doubled home junior Mike Durgala (Annandale, VA/Thomas Jefferson), who had been hit by a pitch, to give the Blue Jays a 5-3 lead.
The Lions plated a single run in the bottom of the sixth as senior Chris Schoonhoven tripled home Wilson, but the Blue Jays put the game away with one run in the seventh and two more in the eighth.
Senior Adam Josephart (West Nyack, NY/Clarkstown South) got the win for Hopkins as he allowed four runs (three earned) and five hits in 5.2 innings. Andrew Bail (Chicago, IL/Latin School), Ryan McConnell (Lancaster, PA/Penn Manor) and Sven Stafford (Evanston, IL/Evanston) combined to throw 3.1 innings of one-hit relief to seal the victory.
Junior Vince Petrillo took the loss for the Lions, who got three of their six hits from Hickey and two more from Schoonhaven.
Johns Hopkins will return to action on Tuesday when the Blue Jays travel to Dickinson for a Centennial Conference game against the Red Devils.
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