Devils Break School Season Home Run Record in Sweep

Devils Break School Season Home Run Record in Sweep

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - The Dickinson baseball team pushed their win streak to four games and brought themselves right back into the thick of the Centennial Conference playoff race with a huge doubleheader sweep of the Ursinus College Bears winning by scores of 7-5 and 4-0 on Saturday afternoon at Thomas Field. The Red and White also made some history in the second game when Cole Hare recorded his seventh home run of the year and the team's 26th for the campaign which broke the record for most team homers in a season set in 2012.

Game One - DEVILS 7, Ursinus 5

Pitching Decision

W - Matt Spind (1-2) | L - Connor Bogansky (0-2) | S - Beau Dana (4)

Inside the Game

Ursinus started the game strong scoring twice in the opening frame against Thomas Marshman. After two quick outs, Solomon Griffith doubled then scored when Jakob Cantor singled right behind him. Tim Pyne continued the rally for the home side with the second double of the inning scoring Cantor. Marshman allowed nothing else as he got Nick Diaz to flyout to retire the side. 

Neither team could put much together in the way of an offensive attack over the next few innings as the game remained 2-0 into the fifth. After Dickinson was set down in the top-half the Bears got a single by Peter Balos prior to a two-run shot by Griffith extending the margin to 4-0 through five.

Dickinson made their mark in the top of the sixth with a walk and a hit batter leading to an RBI single for Hare. That meant the end of the day for home starter T.J. Snyder as David Morgan entered the contest. The first man to face him was Matt Torres and he smoked a two-run two-bagger to center making it 4-3 still with no outs. A base hit for Luke Jackson put men on the corners for Cole Benner who plated one with a double to knot the score. Bogansky became the third pitcher of the inning and got the first out, but then allowed a sac fly to Ryan Thompson to give DC a 5-4 edge. Spind took over for Marshman in the bottom-half of the frame and surrendered the tying run giving up two singles and a sac fly sending the game to the seventh locked up 5-5.

Two Red Devil singles in the eighth by Jackson and Benner followed by a sac bunt for Pat Harrington to move both runners into scoring position. The fourth Bears arm entered in the form of David Kratz who was greeted with a two-run single by Thompson to give DC their first lead of the game 7-5. Dana went to the mound for the bottom of the frame looking for a six-out save. He set down the Bears in order that inning and got two quick strikeouts in the ninth. However, consecutive singles and a swipe of second moved the tying runs into scoring position for Cantor. He was no match for Dana as he watched strike three go by to end the ballgame.

Game Two - DEVILS 4, Ursinus 0

Pitching Decision

W - Ethan Hamilton (4-3) | L - Kieran Hollander (1-4)

Inside the Game

After a scoreless first two innings, Dickinson got the ball rolling in the third as Kenny Tagliareni worked a two-out walk and then advanced to second on an error which brought Tom Gannaway to the dish. He would reach on the second error of the frame for the Bears allowing Tagliareni to stroll home for the 1-0 lead. Hamilton continued to mow down the opposition in the home-half as he set the Bears down in order aided by two strikeouts. 

The Devils added to their advantage during the ensuing inning as Lukas Atsalis drew a free pass, before being driven home when Hare blasted the Hollander offering over the center-field wall to stretch the margin to 3-0. Ursinus picked up a two-out single in their half, but Hamilton got Cantor to pop-up ending any kind of threat.

The game entered the eighth inning with both teams trying to put together some kind of rally as both team's bats had gone somewhat quiet over the last three innings. A double from Atsalis was the last pitch that Hollander would throw as Luke Verga came in from the bullpen to battle Hare. He greeted the new pitcher with a knock to left placing men on the corners for Torres who delivered a sac fly to center scoring Atsalis for the 4-0 advantage through seven and a half. Alex Bouchard took over on the mound for Hamilton to kickoff the home-half and gave up a one-out single but got a strikeout and flyout to retire the side. Dickinson went down in order during the top of the ninth setting the stage for Bouchard to complete the sweep which he did with flying colors putting the Bears away one-two-three.

On Deck

Dickinson (19-14, 7-7 Centennial) will attempt to continue their climb back into the Centennial Conference playoff race on Tuesday when they head to Westminster, Maryland to begin their two-game series with the Green Terror of McDaniel College. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.