Crawford, Offense Lead Swarthmore to Split with Bates
SWARTHMORE, Pa. - An offensive onslaught and an ace-like performance from senior starter Kyle Crawford helped the Swarthmore baseball team to a doubleheader split with the Bates Bobcats on Sunday. The Garnet dominated Game 1, winning 13-0, before falling 7-2 in the second game.
Crawford was nothing short of brilliant, scattering five singles through a seven-inning complete game shutout, striking out five and walking just one. He now sports a 4-0 record and an impressive 3.24 ERA on the season.
Sophomore left fielder Nicko Burnett, junior right fielder Tim Kwilos, senior third baseman Mike Waterhouse, and junior centerfielder Rory McTear were offensive highlights for the Garnet over the course of both games. Burnett picked up four hits in total, scoring four runs and driving in three, Kwilos recorded three hits and three RBIs, Waterhouse drove in a pair of runs in Game 1, and McTear earned a pair of hits and knocked in three in both games combined.
The outpouring of scoring started in the third for the Garnet, when senior second baseman Anthony Montalbano singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Burnett walked, and Waterhouse plated Montalbano with a single. Kwilos then doubled home Burnett and Waterhouse to give the Garnet a 3-0 lead.
Swarthmore tacked on three more in the fourth on a 3-run homer by Burnett, his fourth of the year. McTear singled in a run in the fifth to stretch the advantage to 7-0.
The offense really hit its stride in the sixth, as the Garnet added six runs to break the game open even further. After two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs, Waterhouse walked to force a run in; Kwilos then singled for his third RBI of the day. Senior Miles Santo, pinch-hitting in the DH slot, doubled in two more to bring the score to 11-0. A sac-fly and an error on the third baseman would plate the Garnet's final two runs of the game.
In Game 2, the Garnet fell behind in the third as the Bobcats staged a three-run rally with two outs. Swarthmore scratched its way back into contention in the fourth, as McTear singled home Kwilos and Burnett, but Bates added three more in the fifth and one in the sixth to down the Garnet, 7-2.
Freshman Dylan Jeffers struggled through four innings, allowing five earned runs and nine hits. He was relieved by junior Zach Weiner and senior Adam Hardy, who allowed a run each, and junior Sean Mangus, who pitched around a pair of singles to record a scoreless seventh.
The Garnet returns to action on Tuesday, traveling to Lower Gwynedd to take on Gwynedd-Mercy College. First pitch is set for 3:30 pm.