Winning Streak Comes to a Halt as Widener Defeats Baseball 12-1
CHESTER, Pa. - The Swarthmore baseball team's nine-game win streak came to an end on Wednesday, as the Garnet (11-3) could not overcome an early deficit and fell 12-1 to the 320 rival Widener Pride.
Junior right fielder Tim Kwilos led the Garnet offense with three hits and drove in the team's only run. Senior second baseman Anthony Montalbano picked up two hits, and sophomore Cody Ruben, senior first baseman Spencer Ross, junior centerfielder Rory McTear, freshman shortstop Danny McMahon, and freshman Scoop Ruxin earned one base hit apiece.
Senior starter Ignacio Rodriguez struggled in his first outing since the Garnet's return from spring break, allowing five earned runs in three innings including a first-inning home run that put Swarthmore in an early 2-0 hole. Junior Sean Mangus and freshman Colton Aho were bright spots out of the bullpen, throwing a scoreless inning each.
Swarthmore's offense was not quite stifled, as the team combined for ten hits and collected three walks, but Garnet batters left 13 runners on base and failed to bring home any of its runners save for an RBI single from Kwilos in the third.
The Garnet will look to get back on a winning track on Sunday, as it hosts Bates for a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 12:30 pm.