Baseball beats Johns Hopkins in extra innings

Wayne Baldwin
Wayne Baldwin

BALTIMORE, Md. - The Hood College baseball team outlasted Johns Hopkins 7-5 in 12 innings in a final non-conference tune-up for the Blazers. 

Inside the Box Score

  • Daniel Shepherd entered the game in the ninth inning an finished 2 for 3 with two doubled and three runs batted in. 
  • Wayne Baldwin hit a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth. 
  • The Blazers used eight pitchers in the game. Starter Jordan Patterson allowed a two-run home run in the first but allowed only two more hits over the next five innings. He struck out seven and allowed just three hits and a walk. Tyler Volentine picked up the win and Jack Sullivan retired all three batters he faced for the save. 

How it Happened

  • Hood scored four runs in the top of the 12th inning, all with two outs and aided by a pair of Blue Jay errors to break a 3-3 tie. Trent Copenhaver walked with two outs and Cam Esposito followed with a single. Nathan Kessler hit a ground ball to shortstop, Hopkins went for the out at second but the throw sailed away. Copenhaver scored from second on the play to make it 4-3. Brad Sawyer singled to center to drive in Esposito for a two-run edge. After a pitching change, Shepherd greeted the reliever with a two-run double down the line in right field to make it 7-3. 
  • In the bottom of the 12th, pinch-hitter Nathan Davis hit a two-run homer to make it 7-5 with no outs. A single by Alex Darwiche forced Hood to make a pitching change. Sullivan came on and retired the Blue Jays' four, five and six hitters in order to lock down the save in his first appearance since early March. 
  • The score was tied 2-2 before each team scored once in the 11th. Shepherd hit a ground-rule RBI double to drive in Kessler. Hopkins answered in the bottom of the inning with a sacrifice fly by Dillon Bowman to extend the game. 
  • After Darwiche hit a two-run shot in the first to give the Blue Jays the lead, neither team scored again until the eighth. Dylan Beck singled with one out and Baldwin hit a game-tying homer, his first home run of the season. 

Notes

  • The win improves Hood to 29-9 on the season and a perfect 17-0 against teams outside the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth. 
  • Johns Hopkins dropped to 27-12. 
  • Mike Eberle and Darwiche had three hits apiece for the Blue Jays. 
  • Sean McCracken turned in a strong effort on the mound. He pitched the first nine innings and held the Blazers to three hits and three walks. Jack Bunting took the loss in relief. 

Up Next

Hood, seeded third, plays second-seeded Arcadia in the first round of the MAC Commonwealth Championships on Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at PEOPLEsBank Park in York, Pa. 

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