May 23, 2010
TRENTON, NJ - The Johns Hopkins baseball team won the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship with an 8-3 win over #13 Kean Sunday afternoon. The Blue Jays will now compete at the DIII NCAA College World Series in Grand Chute, WI. The win is the 43rd of the season for Hopkins, compared to just five losses, breaking the school record for wins which was set by the 2008 NCAA Runner-up squad. Kean finishes its season at 39-12.
Hopkins will face #6 Heidelberg at 4:30 pm CT on Friday, May 28 in its first game of the World Series. Heidelberg won the Mid-East Regional Tournament.
Coach Bob Babb is now just one win away from his 900th career win. Babb and the Blue Jays will be making their third College World Series appearance with a third place finish in 1989 and a second place finish in 2008. This is the first Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship for Hopkins, as both other championships were won in the south regional.
The Blue Jays are now 11-2 over the last three years in NCAA games in which they could be eliminated.
Alex Eliopoulos (Arlington, VA/The Heights School) pitched eight innings to improve to 10-0 on the season. He had 12 strikeouts, his career-high, while allowing three runs on three hits and only walking one batter. Eliopoulos was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament, earning two wins in four days.
Ryan Scherich (Torrance, CA/Canyon) came in with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and induced a double play and struck out the last batter of the game looking.
Greg Harbeck (Glen Ridge, NJ/Montclair Kimberley Academy), who earned the win against Rowan, was named to the All-Tournament Team as well as Dave Kahn (New Hyde Park/Herricks) and James Teta (Centereach, NY/Sachem).
Teta went 3-for-4 with two runs scored while Chris Huisman (Davidsonville, MD/Archbishop Spalding) had three hits and two RBIs. Kahn and John Swarr (Radnor, PA/Conestoga) had two hits in the game as well. Ken Gregory and Lee Cavico each had two hits for the Cougars while Eddie Jennings had two RBIs on a home run.
Matthew Bernardi (Lake Forest, IL/Lake Forest) reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the first inning for the Blue Jays. Bernardi then stole second base and scored on a Chris Huisman (Davidsonville, MD/Archbishop Spalding) single off of a diving second baseman's glove. Huisman went on to score on a single by Jesse Sikorski (Syracuse, NY/Christian Brothers Academy), again just past the diving second baseman. Swarr also had an RBI single in the inning to score Kahn, who reached on a single. The Blue Jays would score one more run on an error by the Kean catcher on a Blue Jay double steal.
Kean scored two in the third inning on a home run to left by Jennings which also scored Cavico. The Blue Jays added a solo run in the fourth inning when Teta hit a triple to right field and was awarded home plate after getting tangled up with the Kean third baseman.
Hopkins added three runs in the sixth inning to make the score 8-2. Lee Bolyard (Burke, VA/Lake Braddock) hit a double to left center to score Swarr. Bolyard then scored on a single by Teta, who in turn scored on a single by Huisman. Kean plated one run in the ninth inning.
Ryan Zamorsky took the loss for the Cougars by allowing seven runs, four earned, on nine hits in 5.1 innings of work. Zamorski had six strikeouts and no walks in the game.
Hopkins returns to action on Friday against Heidelberg.