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April 29, 2012
ALLENTOWN, PA - The Johns Hopkins baseball team exploded for a season-high 16 runs to lead the Blue Jays to a 16-8 win in the opening game of the double header against Muhlenberg to secure the top seed in the Centennial Conference championship tournament next week. The Mules slipped by the Blue Jays, 12-7, in the second game Sunday afternoon.
With the double header split, the Blue Jays improved to 24-13-2 on the year and 13-5 in the Centennial Conference. Hopkins earned the top seed in the upcoming CC championship tournament for the third-straight year.
After a quiet first and second inning, the Blue Jays scored at least one run in each of the remaining seven innings. Junior Kyle Neverman got Hopkins on the board first in the top of the third. Neverman led off the frame with a triple to center field before crossing the plate when classmate Ryan Zakszeski reached on a throwing error by the Mules shortstop with two outs in the inning.
Neverman drove in sophomore Richie Carbone for the second run of the game after he was moved to third on a sacrifice from junior Adam Weiner in the fourth inning.
The Mules answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame with a two-run triple to left center from Jimmy Cody. Senior starter Lucas Henneman was able to get out of the inning with a fly ball to Carbone in center to keep the score tied at 2-2.
Junior Jeff Lynch broke the tie in the top of the fifth with a two-run shot to left center that scored senior Aaron Borenstein and gave Hopkins a 4-2 lead. Zakszeski kept the hitting going with a double to left center and after sophomore Mike Denlinger reached on a dropped third strike, both runners moved into scoring position when junior Chris Vonderschmidt grounded out to first. Weiner then reached on an infield single to the short stop that allowed Zakszeski to cross the plate and push the Blue Jay lead to 5-2.
Zakszeski continued his hot hitting for the day in the top of the sixth when he singled home Borenstein who doubled to left center earlier in the inning.
With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the sixth, senior reliever Blake Platt came out in relief of Henneman and got a shallow fly ball to center before striking out the last batter to end the scoring threat and keep the Jays on top, 6-2. Platt's appearance marked his 54th of his career, tying the Blue Jays and the conference all time appearance record.
Hopkins put up four runs in the seventh to push its lead to 10-2. Carbone, Vonderschmidt and Weiner strung together three straight singles to load the bases to open the frame. Neverman singled through the left side to plate Vonderschmidt and Carbone before junior Mike Kanen doubled down the left field line to bring home Weiner. Borenstein drew a walk to load the bases for the second time in the inning. Lynch drove a ball deep enough to centerfield to score Neverman on the sacrifice fly before the Mules could get out of the inning on a double play.
Hopkins tacked on two more runs in the eighth to take a 12-2 lead and essentially put the game out of the reach of the Mules. Weiner collected his third hit of the day with an RBI single to center to bring around Carbone. After a walk to Neverman, pinch-hitting senior J.R. Santaniello singled to right field to score Weiner.
The Mules put up six runs on five hits and an error in the bottom of the eighth to pull within four at 12-8. Muhlenberg strung together two-straight bases loaded singles for its first three runs since the third inning and added its fourth on a wild pitch before the Blue Jays could record an out. After a sacrifice fly and an RBI single for the Mules final two runs, senior reliever Aaron Schwartz got Cody to ground it back to him to end the inning.
Hopkins answered with four runs in the top of the ninth to take a 16-8 lead. With one out and runners on the corners, Carbone doubled to left center to drive home Lynch and move junior Jonathan Hettleman to third. Vonderschmidt followed with a single to right to keep runners on the corners and score Hettleman. Weiner continued the hit parade with a single to right center that brought home Carbone. After a fielder’s choice from Neverman kept runners on the corners, Santaniello singled to right field and scored Vonderschmidt for the final run of the game.
Schwartz pitched a perfect ninth inning to put the game away for the Blue Jays and solidified their top seed in the conference.
Weiner finished the game going 4-for-5 with three RBI while Carbone had a season-high five hits while driving in a run and scoring four times.
After the Blue Jays took a 2-1 in the second game on an RBI-double from Lynch and a sacrifice fly from Vonderscmidt in the fourth inning, the teams traded a four-run inning in the sixth. The Blue Jays put up their four-spot on four hits. With the bases loaded and one out, Weiner singled to center to drive home Zakszeski before Neverman reached on a fielder’s choice to score Carbone and put runners at first and third. Senior Scott Barrett doubled to center to plate Neverman and junior Chris Wilhelm and give the Blue Jays a 6-1 lead.
The Mules answered with four runs of their own on six hits in the inning. Muhlenberg strung together five-straight hits to plate its first three runs before the Blue Jays could record an out. The Mules scored another run on a two-out double to right to score Cody. After the Mules loaded the bases, junior Jared Frydman came in to pitch and got a fly ball to right to end the inning a leave the bases loaded.
Zakszeski hit his sixth home run of the season with one out in the top of the seventh, but this time it was an inside the park round-tripper to center for the first inside the park home run of the season for the Blue Jays. Hopkins held a 7-5 lead going into the bottom of the seventh.
The Mules stormed back and put up seven runs in the inning, the big blow coming on a grand slam from Brian Beck. After an RBI-triple to put the Mules up 12-7, freshman Justin Drechsel got a ground ball to end the inning.
The score would hold for a 12-7 victory for the Mules.
Henneman earned the win on the mound for the Blue Jays in the first game while Frydman took the loss on the hill in the second game.
Carbone finished the day going 6-for-9 at the plate with five runs scored and an RBI while Weiner, Lynch and Neverman each drove in four runs on the day.
The Blue Jays will return to action when they host the first round of the conference championship tournament beginning on Friday, May 4. Hopkins will host McDaniel in the opening round with the first pitch scheduled for 3 pm.