By Brian Klose
Elm Staff Writer
After a week of tough in-conference matchups, Washington College baseball continues to roll through their already impressive and historic season. Strong pitching from the Shoremen led to two victories over Centennial Conference rival Swarthmore and a split series against rival Gettysburg. The wins improved WC to an overall record of 17-6, eclipsing their win total of the 2014 season (16-20), and a Centennial Conference record of 8-2 for the second time in four years. Only the 1996 team had a better conference mark after 10 games as they opened that season 9-1 in Centennial play.
The unique schedule had the Shoremen facing Swarthmore away and at home in the middle of the week, then at Gettysburg for a doubleheader. However, due to bad weather, the second Swarthmore game was postponed to the end of the week after the Gettysburg doubleheader.
The Shoremen and Garnet have been evenly matched in recent history, going 5-5 head-to-head over the previous five seasons. In their first matchup against the Garnet of Swarthmore, defense was dominant and led the squad to an eventual 3-1 victory. Junior pitcher Dan Jarrell pitched a complete game, the first of the season for WC, while allowing only five hits to earn the win. Jarrell is a perfect 4-0 as a starting pitcher this season. He also threw a complete game against Swarthmore last season.
During the game, Swarthmore struck first with a two-out single to center to score in the bottom of the second inning. WC answered at the top of the fourth inning on a two-out base hit to left by freshman Wes Robertson to score junior Bryan Baquer to tie it at 1-1. After two and a half scoreless innings, the Shoremen took the lead, scoring twice at the top of the seventh and holding on to earn the win.
The second matchup against the Garnet was the ultimate defensive battle. Despite earning no hits, WC came out on top after taking advantage of a two-out throwing error in the bottom of the eighth inning to win 1-0.
Against Gettysburg, WC has been less consistent. The Shoremen are 4-6 against the Bullets over the past five seasons but have lost the previous four matchups.
The first game of the doubleheader in Gettysburg, Pa. proved to be an instant classic as the Shoremen, down by one heading into the final inning, scored six runs at the top of the ninth to secure the 10-6 victory over the Bullets. Freshman pitcher Nick Popolizio got his first collegiate win to improve to 1-1. He went three innings, giving up one run on three hits, walking one and striking out two.
Game two of the doubleheader was equally exciting but ultimately led to a 5-4 loss by the Shoremen after 10 innings. Sophomore Logan Dubbe opened the game with a solo home run, the second of his career.
The Shoremen return to the mound on April 17 for a Centennial Conference matchup at home against Franklin & Marshall.