YORK, Pa. - The Hood College baseball team won the first game of the championship round against Arcadia 6-3 but the Knights outslugged the Blazers in the decisive game of the double-elimination tournament 25-12.
Hood went 32-11 on the season and finished as the MAC Commonwealth runner-up in just the fourth season of the program.
Cam Esposito had five hits in nine at-bats over the afternoon to run his season record total to 71 for the year. He drove in three and scored three times. Alex Staton stole three bases and scored three runs. Daniel Shepherd hit his first career home run in the championship game. Wayne Baldwin had three hits in that game and Brooks Warrenfeltz drove in a pair. Jordan Patterson earned the win in the first game with four strikeouts in six innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits. Jahlin Jean-Baptiste pitched three hitless innings for the save.
Hood 6, Arcadia 3
- With Hood facing elimination, Patterson and Jean-Baptiste held an offense averaging over eight runs per game in check.
- The Blazers trailed 2-1 before scoring five times in the sixth inning. A bases-loaded, one-out single by Brad Sawyer knocked in Esposito and Nathan Kessler to give Hood the lead. Hood loaded the bases again and Staton walked to drive in a run for a 4-2 lead. Drake Friend laid down a bunt and Arcadia threw the ball away, allowing a run to score. Joe Kroeger's sacrifice fly made it 6-2.
- The Knights scored once in the bottom of the sixth to cap the scoring.
- Hood's first run came in the top of the first. Esposito led off the game with a base hit and later scored on a groundout by Shepherd.
- Patterson improved to 5-0 with the win.
- Esposito and Sawyer had two hits each and Sawyer stole a pair of bases.
- Bryan Gillen went 2 for 4 for Arcadia.
- Jeremy Sabathne allowed six runs in 5.1 innings to take the loss.
- The win forced a seventh and final game of the tournament.
Arcadia 25, Hood 12
- Arcadia broke the game open with a nine-run top of the first.
- Gillen had two hits and two RBIs in the inning and Luke Hohenstein hit a three-run homer for the final three runs of the inning.
- After two more runs in the top of the second, Hood scored once in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI single by Warrenfeltz.
- The Knights extended the lead to 15-1 before the Blazers scored six in the bottom of the fourth. Staton singled, Friend was hit by a pitch and Warrenfeltz walked to load the bases with no outs. Baldwin drove in two with a single and a two-run double off the bat of Esposito made it 15-5. Shepherd added an RBI single before Friend drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 15-7.
- Hood scored three more runs in the sixth to pull within 15-10. Shepherd led off the frame with a home run to right field. Warrenfeltz drove in the inning's other two runs with a double to right field.
- In the top of the seventh, Sean Carew and Phil Pierfy hit solo home runs to start a four-run inning. The Knights scored once in the eighth and five times in the ninth to put the game out of reach.
- Baldwin and Esposito had three hits apiece. Shepherd, Staton and Warrenfeltz each recorded two hits. Kessler walked three times.
- Gillen, who was named the tournament MVP, had four hits and walked twice. Carew had four hits and matched Gillen's four runs scored. Hohenstein drove in five runs and Nick Ponente knocked in four.
- Sawyer took the loss, pitching the first 0.2 innings.
- Arcadia's third pitcher of the game, Connor Laigiae picked up the win with 5.1 innings of relief.
- The offenses led the way in the final game as two teams combined to use 12 pitchers in the game, each of whom was charged with at least one run.