Johns Hopkins Handles Swat Baseball in Doubleheader Sweep
BALTIMORE - The Swarthmore College baseball team (16-10, 2-6) continued its mid-season struggles on Saturday, getting swept in a doubleheader by defending Centennial Champ Johns Hopkins. The Garnet dropped the first game 6-3 after hanging tight into the late innings, and lost Game 2 by a 13-3 score.
Game 1 saw the Garnet fall behind 2-0 in the first inning, but senior starter Zach Weiner (pictured) battled to keep the Blue Jays to just one more through the next six frames.
Swarthmore fought back late in the game, scoring one in the seventh on junior centerfielder Rory McTear's RBI single, and twice to tie in the eighth on a sac fly and a Kwilos single.
In the bottom of the eighth, however, a two-out error opened the door for three Hopkins runs, sealing Swarthmore's fate at 6-3.
In Game 2, the Garnet was victimized by a seven-run Hopkins sixth, which turned a 3-1 score into a 10-1 blowout. Senior starter Ignacio Rodriguez struggled, allowing eight runs (seven earned) in four and a third.
No Swarthmore batter had more than one hit in the second game. A second inning run scored on a single by senior catcher Miles Santo; another in the sixth came across on a double from freshman Trevor Shepherd; and the Garnet's third and final run scored on a seventh-inning error.
Hoping to right its ship, Swarthmore returns home on Tuesday to face Muhlenberg. First pitch is set for 3:30 pm.