Swat Baseball Splits with Dickinson, Secures No. 3 Seed in Conference Playoffs
CARLISLE, Pa. - The Swarthmore College baseball team (19-15, 11-7 CC) split a Saturday doubleheader with the Dickinson Red Devils (8-25, 4-14 CC) to secure a No. 3 seed in the Centennial Conference baseball playoffs. Swat lost game one 8-6 and won game two 15-3.
Swarthmore will now play at No. 2 Haverford on Friday, April 30th in the first round of the playoffs.
Another strong showing on the mound by freshman Dylan Jensen (4-2) led Swat to a decisive 15-3 rout of the Red Devils in game two of the twinbill. Jensen would go six innings, strike out five and give up only two hits and no earned runs.
After going down 2-0 through two innings Swat would put together a four-run third inning to go up 4-2. Junior Thomas Nakamura would hit in the first two runs for Swarthmore with a single to left field, scoring senior Jimmy Gill and freshman Rory McTear. Nakamura would then score off of a single from sophomore Mike Waterhouse. Sophomore Miles Santo would follow with a double to left field, plating Waterhouse.
Down one run in the sixth, the Garnet would tie up the game after a Dickinson error, a hit batter and a walk would load the bases to allow sophomore Anthony Montalbano to hit a sacrifice fly to right field for the RBI.
The Red Devils would fire right back in the bottom half of the sixth with two runs of its own off of three hits and would hold Swat in the seventh to pick up the game one win.
Waterhouse would lead the Garnet at the plate going three-for-three with an RBI and a run scored.
Swarthmore hitters would light up three Red Devil's pitchers in game two, racking up 20 hits and scoring 15 runs. Freshman Rory McTear would pace the Swat offense, scoring three runs and going four-for-five with an RBI.
The Garnet wouldn't waste anytime putting runs on the board jumping out to an early 3-1 lead in the first inning after only three innings.
In the fourth inning Swarthmore would break it open, scoring four runs off of four hits. McTear would spark the big inning with a single to center to put runners in scoring position. Montalbano would then knock in the first run of the inning with a single down the right field line. Nakamura would follow with an RBI single of his own, plating McTear.
Montalbano and Nakamura would pull off a double steal putting them on second and third to set up a sacrifice fly to score Montalbano. Nakamura would plate the final run of the inning off of a single from Santo.
The offensive momentum carried into the fifth inning as the Garnet would bat around and rack up another six runs and six hits. Sophomore Michael Cameron, senior Wiley Archibald, McTear, Montalbano, and Waterhouse would all hit and score in the inning. Senior Jimmy Gill would also hit an RBI single to center field.
Swarthmore would add two more runs in the sixth inning to make it 15 and would hold Dickinson to three runs in the game.
Montalbano would finish with four hits, three runs scored and an RBI and Waterhouse would knock in four runs.
The Swarthmore baseball team returns to the diamond on Sunday April 25 as it host Centenary. Play is set to begin at 1 PM.