Baseball Drops Critical Home Doubleheader to McDaniel, 4-3 and 11-3
SWARTHMORE, Pa. - Despite a four-hit day from senior second baseman Anthony Montalbano, the Swarthmore College baseball team (18-12, 4-7) was done-in by costly errors and silent bats, dropping a pair of games to the McDaniel Green Terror by 4-3 and 11-3 scores on Saturday.
Montalbano picked up three hits in the first game, including a double, and a single in Game 2. Junior centerfielder Rory McTear earned two hits in Game 1 and another later in the afternoon.
The Garnet appeared poised for victory in the first game, carrying a 3-0 lead into the 6th and a 3-1 lead into the seventh thanks to four McDaniel errors and an admirable pitching performance by senior Ignacio Rodriguez.
However, seventh-inning defensive lapses opened the door for a three-run McDaniel rally, capped by a two-out bases-loaded double, which turned the Swarthmore lead into a 4-3 deficit. Swarthmore put runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth, but ultimately fell by the one-run margin.
In Game 2, the Garnet once again took an early lead, going up 2-0 in the fourth thanks to a McTear sac fly and some apt baserunning. The Green Terror tied the score in the 5th, however, and blew the game open with eight runs in the seventh inning, thanks in part to three consecutive Swarthmore errors in that frame alone.
Junior starter Ramsey Walker (pictured) pitched well in defeat, allowing just two earned runs in six and a third.
Swarthmore will attempt to jump back into Centennial playoff contention on Tuesday, as Ursinus comes to Clothier Field. First pitch is set for 3:30 pm.