(Swarthmore, Pa.) – The Dickinson baseball team split a double-header at Swarthmore College on Saturday afternoon, winning the opener, 14-8, but falling in the nightcap, 6-4.
The Devils scored one in the first inning and added four in the third and five in the fifth to take a 10-0 lead. They tacked on a pair in the sixth before Swarthmore put one across in the bottom half of the inning.
Dickinson pushed across lone runs in the seventh and eighth while the Garnet came alive with five in the bottom of the eighth and added two in the ninth for the final of 14-8.
Senior Rick Hopkins (Egg Harbor Twp., N.J./Holy Spirit) went 5-for-5 to lead the Red Devils in game one, scoring four runs and driving in four more with two homeruns and a double. First-year Max Matilsky (Bernardsville, N.J./Morristown Beard) went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a double.
Austin Sumners (W. Trenton, N.J./The Pennington School) added a two-RBI double while first-year Brian Reilly (Morganville, N.J./Marlboro) had two doubles. Robbie Thompson (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill) and Ben Carter (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing) both joined Hopkins to hit homeruns in the third inning.
Ryan Vasel (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley) earned the win, going seven innings with Tommy Koide (Morristown, N.J./West Morris Mendham) and Chris Dunn (Bethany, Conn./Fairfield College Prep) coming on in relief.
Swarthmore jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning of game two and went in front, 6-0, in a two-run homerun the fifth.
The Red Devils looked to rally as Thompson drove in Matilsky after a lead-off double in the sixth. Dickinson had a chance in the ninth, using three walks to plate three runs and cut the deficit to 6-4. They had the bases loaded with two outs but the Garnet was able to close out the game for the split.
Thompson went 4-for-4 with two RBIs in the nightcap. Ben Rappaport (Wilton, Conn./St. Luke's) suffered the loss, despite recording six strikeouts in five innings of work.
The Red Devils move to 15-11 overall and 2-3 in the Centennial Conference. They return home to face Muhlenberg College on Sunday at 1:00 pm, in a make-up from Friday.