April 10, 2004
Baltimore, MD - The top-ranked Johns Hopkins baseball team used seven-inning complete games from seniors Jeremy Brown (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh) and Matt Righter (Clarion, PA/Lawrenceville Prep) to sweep a doubleheader from Franklin & Marshall, 5-4 and 9-3, Saturday afternoon.
The Blue Jays, who improved to 24-0 overall and 9-0 in the Centennial Conference, took the early lead in the opener by scoring twice in the first inning. Senior Rob Morrison (Malibu, CA/Loyola) singled with one out and advanced to third on a double by junior Paul Winterling (Glenelg, MD/McDonogh). Junior Mike Durgala (Annandale, VA/Thomas Jefferson) then singled home Morrison, and senior Brian Morley (Tappan, NY/Don Bosco Prep) followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Winterling.
The Blue Jays added a run in the second when senior Craig Cetta (Randolph, NJ/Randolph) hit his first home run of the season, but the Diplomats answered in the third as Dan Hanecak belted his first homer of the year to make it a 3-1 game.
Sophomore Corey Gleason (Binghamton, NY/Binghamton) hit his third long ball of the season in the fourth to put Hopkins up 4-1, but F&M pushed across three runs in the fifth to tie the game. Gary Kruger opened the inning by reaching on an error by JHU senior shortstop Tim Casale (West Hempstead, NY/Chaminade) and advanced to third on a double by Scott Haft. After a pop out, Hanecak doubled to score Kruger, and after a ground out to the mound, Haft and Hanecak each scored when Chris Smith reached on an error by Blue Jay junior third baseman Mike Spiciarich (Syosset, NY/Chaminade).
The game remained deadlocked until the bottom of the seventh, when Casale doubled with one out and scored the winning run on a single by Morrison.
Brown improved to 6-0 on the season after allowing five hits and one earned run while striking out eight and not walking a batter. Diplomats reliever Jeremy Knox took the loss and fell to 1-1 on the year.
Hopkins again scored in the opening inning of the nightcap, as Casale led off with a single, stole second and third, and scored on a single by Winterling. The Diplomats tied the game in the top of the second when Haft singled, advanced to second on a single by Cory Caruthers, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out by Eric Milavsky.
However the Blue Jays got the run right back in the bottom of the second to take the lead for good. Gleason was hit by a pitch with one out, and after he moved to second on a Spiciarich single, he scored when senior Bryan Eberle (Frederick, MD/Urbana) reached on an error by Smith at shortstop.
Hopkins tacked on another run in the third when Durgala led off with a double, advanced to third on a ground out by Morley and scored on a sacrifice fly by Cetta, and put the game away with six runs in the fifth.
Morrison walked to lead off the inning and scored when Winterling belted his sixth home run of the season. Durgala was then hit by a pitch, and after a strikeout, he moved to second when Cetta reached on an error by Smith. Durgala then scored when Gleason singled to right, and Cetta came home while Gleason moved to third when Diplomats first baseman Gordie Eck threw the ball into the F&M dugout trying to nail Durgala at the plate.
Gleason scored the fifth run of the inning on a wild pitch, and Spiciarich walked to force a Diplomat pitching change. Spiciarich then advanced to second when Eberle reached on an error by Kruger at third, moved to third when Casale was hit by a pitch and scored on a passed ball.
F&M got two runs back in the sixth when Dan Weber doubled and scored on a homer by Haft, but the Diplomats could get no closer as they fell to 16-11 overall and 8-3 in the conference.
Righter allowed five hits and three earned runs while striking out eight to improve to 3-0 on the year, while F&M starter Ted Serro fell to 3-1 after allowing four earned runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings of work.
The Blue Jays look to remain unbeaten Tuesday when Hopkins hosts McDaniel at 3:30 p.m.