Saturday, April 22, 2006
Talkin' Baseball 4/22
Since today's slate of Conference doubleheaders has been washed out ... let's take a look around the Centennial at the latest baseball buzz ... how would you like to throw a two-hit shutout with nine strikeouts and not have it be the best mound performance of the day? ... Franklin & Marshall's Matt Metsch threw a gem in the Diplomats' 5-0 win against Swarthmore, but Gettysburg's Brian Spicer did him one better ... the Bullet senior tied a school record with 17 strikeouts as Gettysburg shut out #12 Johns Hopkins, 4-0 ... Spicer (pictured), who struck out the side in the third, sixth and eighth innings, scattered six hits in improving to 5-1 ... Muhlenberg battled back from a 6-1 eighth-inning deficit to tie Dickinson, 7-7 ... both teams had opportunities in the extra stanzas, as the Mules had the bases loaded in the 10th, while the Red Devils loaded them in the 11th with one out but failed to produce the winning run ... Washington also came from behind from a 4-1 deficit with six outs remaining to defeat McDaniel, 8-5, in 10 innings ... Mike DeBartolome's bases-loaded double in the 10th keyed a four-run rally for the Shoremen ... Haverford kept its postseason hopes alive, scoring nine times in the final three frames to down Ursinus, 12-5.
F&M holds a half-game lead on Johns Hopkins in the race for the top seed for the May 5-6-7 Conference tournament. Dickinson and Ursinus are tied for the No. 3 spot, three games behind the leaders, while Muhlenberg trails that pair by a half-game. Haverford's hopes are still flickering at six games back. Standings
The ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Magazine Mid-Atlantic Regional Poll has two Centennial representatives - Hopkins and F&M.
1. TCNJ (23-4), 2. Johns Hopkins (22-4-2), 3. Rowan (20-9), 4. Franklin & Marshall (21-8), 5. William Paterson (19-9), 6. Montclair State (15-10-2), 7. Rutgers-Newark (17-12), 8. Pitt-Bradford (19-8) and Arcadia (20-10).
Posted by Steve at 11:04 AM