Baseball Swings to Playoff Contention Behind 10-Run Rout
Harley Moore ’15 started against Muhlenburg and struggled with his command, allowing the Mules to score four runs in five innings. However, the Red Devils struck back with a three-run bottom of the fifth to tie the game at four. After Joe Tursi ’14 singled to center field, putting Tuneski in scoring position, Andrew Sterling ’12 hit a blooper to right field, where three Mule fielders managed to nearly run into each other and failed to make the easy catch, allowing Tuneski to score. More fielding mistakes by the Mules allowed Sterling to steal second and Tursi to come home. Steven Haynes ’15 got in on the action with an RBI single of his own, scoring Sterline to tie the game. In the seventh inning, Garrett Horan ’12 gave the Red Devils the lead for good with an RBI single.
In the first of two games on April 21, Rosa got the Devils on the board in the seventh with a monster solo homerun to right field. In that same inning, Jordan Kaufman ’12 doubled down the left field line and was brought home by a Mike Adams ’15 double. Next, Tursi hit a ground-rule double to give the Red Devils their third run of the game. After a Sterling RBI groundout, Haynes came up to seemingly give the Devils the win. Haynes bombed a triple to right center field, scoring Tursi to give his team a 5-1 lead.
Ryan Kramer ’14, the starter for Dickinson, ran out of gas in the eighth after seven stellar innings and gave up two crucial runs to allow the Mules to pull within two. Mitch Helmandollar ‘15 came into the game with the bases loaded and let one run score on a wild pitch and then, gave up a two-run single that put the Shoremen ahead 6-5. A controversial call at first base ended the game instead when Dickinson threatened to tie it in the ninth.
Fighting for their playoff lives, The Red Devils were in for revenge in the second game of the doubleheader. Rosa took over, and although he only went two for six, the two hits he had were game changers. In the third inning, Rosa hit a two run homerun to extend the Red Devil lead to 6-0 after a four run first inning.
“[Rosa] has always been a producer for the team,” said Sean White ’12, who went seven innings on the mound to improve his record to 6-1. “When he comes to bat in big spots you know he is going to produce.” The Red Devils scored five runs in the fifth inning, which was capped off by a three run homerun by Steven Haynes. Going into the sixth inning, Dickinson was leading 11-5, and went on to score two in the sixth behind Adams and Tuneski. Rosa then continued his homerun streak in the seventh inning with a two run homerun over the right field fence. Adams then hit a two run homerun over the left-field fence. Horan capped it off with a homerun in the eighth.
The team ends its season on April 28, hosting a doubleheader against Swarthmore at 12:30 p.m. In all likelihood, Dickinson will need to win both to make the playoffs.