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Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Haverford

Mike Eberle hit a three-run homer in game two to tie the game at three.
Mike Eberle hit a three-run homer in game two to tie the game at three.
April 14, 2018

Box Score

 Lauren Dellipoali
By Lauren Dellipoali
Athletic Communications Assistant
GAME ONE
• Score: Johns Hopkins 8, Haverford - 1
• Records: JHU (19-9, 8-1 CC) • Haverford (13-14, 6-3 CC)
• Location: Haverford, PA • Kannerstein Field
• Pitching Decision: W – Alex Ross (2-3) • L – Livingston (2-3)
• The Short Story: Alex Ross pitched seven strong innings of shutout baseball as the Johns Hopkins baseball team defeated Haverford 8-1 to extend the Blue Jay’s winning streak to nine.

How it Happened
• JHU got Ross an early 1-0 lead as back-to-back singles from Tim Kutcher and Chris DeGiacomo put runners on the corners and a Zach Jaffe sacrifice fly scored Kutcher to put the Blue Jays up 1-0.
• Ross got into trouble in the bottom of the inning as a single and wild pitch put a runner on second with one out. Ross then picked off the runner at second, however, a walk and wild pitch put another runner in scoring position with two outs. The senior lefty then got a groundout to end the frame.
Mike Smith doubled to right center in the second and scored on an Austin Sacks single to put JHU up 2-0.
• Haverford got back-to-back two-out singles in the second, but Ross got Sam Partee looking to escape the inning.
• The Blue Jay bats came alive in the fourth as Hopkins scored four runs on four hits. Sacks led off the inning with a single and then stole second. Dillon Bowman then singled and advanced to second on the throw home, which kept Sacks at third. Kutcher followed with a double to left to plate Sacks and Bowman. DeGiacomo then took the 2-2 pitch over the right-field wall to put JHU up 6-0.
• A hit by pitch and a walk to the first two Haverford batters of the fifth started a small Fords’ rally, but Ross would have none of it as he got the next three outs to keep the shutout intact.
• Johns Hopkins gave Ross two more runs to work with in the top of the sixth as Kutcher scored on an error and Eberle knocked in Alex Darwiche to make the score 8-0.
• Ross retired the Fords in order in the sixth and after a hit by pitch with one out in the seventh, Ross got a flyout and a fielder’s choice to get out of the inning.
• Haverford got a run in the bottom of the ninth but the Blue Jays took game one by an 8-1 margin.

Inside the Box Score
• Ross went seven innings allowing no runs on four hits. He struck out eight and walked two. For the season Ross has an ERA of 1.83 which is second in the Centennial and has a conference-leading 58 strikeouts.
• DeGiacomo led JHU with three hits in game one while both he and Kutcher added two RBI in the game.
• Seven Hopkins players registered multiple hits in the game as the Blue Jays outhit the Fords, 17-6.
Jack Bunting came in and pitched the final two innings allowing two hits, one walk with one strikeout.
• With his single in the eight, Darwiche reached 100 hits for his career.

GAME TWO
• Score: Johns Hopkins – 8, Haverford - 13
• Records: JHU (19-10, 8-2 CC) • Haverford (14-14, 6-4 CC)
• Pitching Decision: W- Herring (1-0) • Nick Bodner (2-1)
• The Short Story: Two four-run innings by Haverford helped the Fords avoid a doubleheader sweep as they defeated JHU 13-8 in game two.

How it Happened
• Haverford struck first in the second inning as Mike Schwarze hit a home run to give the Fords the 1-0 lead.
• The Fords took advantage of some fielding miscues in the third to take a 3-0 lead.
• DeGiacomo walked to lead off the fourth and advanced to second on a Jaffe bunt single. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and came around to score on a Mike Eberle homer to right which tied the game at three.
• Haverford responded with four runs in the fourth to go up 7-3.
• A Bowman single and Kutcher double to open the fifth put two runners in scoring position with no outs. DeGiacomo followed with a walk to load the bases for Jaffe who singled home Bowman to make the score 7-4. An Eberle sacrifice fly later in the innings made the score 7-5.
• The Fords had their second four-run inning of the game as they went up 11-5 in the sixth and added two more in the seventh to take a 13-5 lead.
• Hopkins rallied in its last at-bats, sending nine men to the plate. Robby Faris led off the ninth with a single and Nick Li was hit by a pitch to open the inning. Both runners advanced on a passed ball and Faris scored Hopkins’ sixth run on a Pete Manny sacrifice fly. With the bases loaded, Mike Ainsworth worked a walk to make the score 13-7. Stone Streeter later worked another bases-loaded walk to make the score 13-8. That would be the last of the Blue Jay runs as the Fords got out of the inning and held on for the 13-8 win.

Inside the Box Score
• Jaffe and Sacks led Hopkins with two hits in the game while Eberle led the team with three RBI.
• Seven different Blue Jays recorded a hit in the game.
Brandon Fremin recorded his first collegiate hit in the game.

What it Means
• The Blue Jays nine-game winning streak came to an end.
• Hopkins is now 80-28 all-time against Haverford.

Up Next
• Johns Hopkins returns to Babb Field on Tuesday, April 14 for a 3:30 game against Franklin & Marshall.

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