Johns Hopkins Splits with Haverford and McDaniel
Game One Information
Score: Haverford-9, Johns Hopkins-4
Records: JHU (27-12-2), HC (26-12)
Location: Babb Field at Stromberg Stadium
Time of Game: 2:47
Pitchers of Record: Win - Stephen Ridings (6-2); Loss -- Nick Burns (6-4)
Game Two Information
Score: Johns Hopkins-5, McDaniel-0
Records: JHU (28-12-2), MC (31-10)
Time of Game: 2:10
Weather: Low 70s and partly sunny
Pitchers of Record: Win - Jacob Enterlin (6-0), Loss -- Brad Thaxton (4-3)
The Short Story
Top-seeded Johns Hopkins dropped a 9-4 decision to second-seeded Haverford in the Centennial Conference semifinals Saturday afternoon but rebounded with a one-hit shutout over McDaniel in an elimination game. Hopkins advances to the conference championship, where it will face Haverford again.
The Fords struck early when Spencer Sohmer blasted a two-run homerun over the left field fence in the top of the first. They tacked on another run in the third and then put up a three-spot in the top of the fourth to go up 6-0 on the Blue Jays. Steven Ridings meanwhile was dealing for Haverford, keeping the Hopkins' bats silent until the fifth inning when Brian Lin singled through the left side. Trailing 7-0 in the bottom of the sixth, the Blue Jays got on the board on a Raul Shah RBI single that brought Conor Reynolds home. The Fords answered with a pair in the top of the seventh and it was 9-1 Haverford. Hopkins would plate three runs in the bottom of the eighth to pull within five, but John Masella came in and shut the door for the Fords.
Needing a win to stay alive in the hunt for its 14th Centennial Conference Championship, Jacob Enterlin and Preston Betz combined to give up just one hit as Hopkins beat McDaniel, 5-0. Scoreless through two and a half, Hopkins got on the board thanks to a two-run shot from Thomas Mee. That looked it would be the only two runs to cross the plate until the bottom of the sixth when picked up three more runs to gain some breathing room. With the bases loaded, Lin hit a two-run RBI to bring in Daniel Albert and Reynolds and double Hopkins' lead. Alex Darwiche then brought in Shah on a fielder's choice to plate the final run. Betz took over from there, walking just one and sitting down nine straight Terror batters.
Johns Hopkins Team Leaders
Hits: Brian Lin (4)
Runs: Conor Reynolds (2), Raul Shah (2)
RBI: Alex Darwiche (2), Brian Lin (2), Thomas Mee (2)
SB: Conor Reynolds (3)
Strikeouts: Preston Betz (5)
Haverford Team Leaders
Hits: Ethan Lee-Tyson (4)
Runs: Ethan Lee-Tyson (4)
RBI: Nick Ott (3)
SB: Ethan Lee-Tyson (1), Zach Taylor (1)
Strikeouts: Stephen Ridings (10)
McDaniel Team Leaders
Hits: Sean Sivo (1)
Strikeouts: Brad Thaxton (2)
Johns Hopkins is now 33-12 all-time in the Centennial Conference Tournament, including 26-6 at home and 7-2 in elimination games. The Blue Jays' one-hitter versus the Green Terror is the 20th in program history and first since March 14, 2003.
Johns Hopkins and Haverford will meet in Sunday's championship game at Babb Field, with first pitch set for 12:00 pm. Hopkins must beat Haverford twice to win, while the Fords need just one win to claim the title. The two are meeting for the title for the fourth time in tournament history and first since 2011.