Red Devil Sweep Wittenberg to Start Season 5-0
(Auburndale, Fla.) – The Dickinson baseball team improved to 5-0, sweeping a double-header from Wittenberg University on Sunday. The Red Devils rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning to claim the opener, 7-5, and erupted for six runs in the top of the seventh to cap a 12-2 win in the nightcap.
Dickinson jumped out to an early lead on Sunday morning, scoring three runs in the first inning. Ryan Dolan (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Germantown Academy) led-off with a single and stole second base. Back-to-back, RBI doubles from Hank Sanders (Wellsville, Pa./Northern) and Steven Haynes (Mt. Kisco, N.Y./Horace Greeley) put the Devils on the board.
Joe Tursi (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) recorded an RBI with a sacrifice attempt that led to an error in left field, scoring Haynes for a 3-0 lead.
The Devils added a pair of unearned runs in the second. Mitch Helmandollar (Glenolden, Pa./Interboro) reached on an error and Dolan added another single. Helmandollar came around to score on another RBI for Sanders. Dolan tallied another stolen base and came in on a throwing error to give the Devils a 5-0 advantage.
Wittenberg answered with four runs on four hits in the fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run double from David Moore. The Tigers capitalized on an error and a sacrifice bunt, scoring once in the top of the sixth, to tie the game, 5-5.
Tursi led-off the bottom half of the inning with a single and stole second. Helmandollar later doubled with two outs, to score Tursi and Conor Foote (Narbeth, Pa./Lower Marion) to put Dickinson back on top, 7-5.
Sophomore Garrett Kurtz (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) came on for the final inning to close the door and earn the save. Senior Ryan Kramer (New Vernon, N.J./Morristown Beard) posted his second win of the season, recording eight strikeouts in a six-inning effort, improving to 2-0 on the year.
The Red Devils blew open the nightcap in the seventh inning behind a strong, complete game effort from junior left-hander Harley Moore (Deltaville, Va./Middlesex). Moore went seven innings, recording six strikeouts and allowing just one walk and two runs.
Haynes and Tursi both singled and scored in the first inning to put the Devils up early, 2-0, as sophomore Matt Primavera (Erdenheim, Pa./Chestnut Hill) launched a triple to score both runs.
Another two-run double by Wittenberg's Moore, tied the game in the bottom of the third. Dickinson answered in the fifth, taking advantage of three walks to score three runs. Sam Wachs (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) drove in one run while Haynes added another RBI double to a strong start for the junior infielder.
Helmandollar singled in the sixth and scored a lone run off a sacrifice fly from Tursi. Things only got worse for the Tigers in the top of the seventh as the Devils pushed across six more runs, all unearned for a final of 12-2.
Five walks and a hit batter proved to be the catalyst as the Tigers struggled on the mound.
Dolan, Sanders and Haynes each recorded a pair of hits in game two while Dolan and Haynes each scored twice. Primavera drove in three runs while Helmandollar scored twice on the night.
The Red Devils look to carry the momentum into Monday. They face The College of New Jersey at 3:30 pm.