(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson baseball team turned in a pair of great outings on Senior Day against #7-ranked Johns Hopkins University, but came up empty as the Blue Jays claimed a pair of 3-1 decisions.
They would not come easy however, as the Red Devils took the Centennial Conference front-runner through a 14-inning marathon before the visitors broke a 1-1 tie to survive with the sweep on Saturday.
The Blue Jays put a run on the board in the second inning as Conor Reynolds doubled in Mike Eberle. Eberle singled and scored again in the seventh as Hopkins pushed across two runs for a 3-0 advantage.
A failed pick-off allowed the senior catcher to score to cut the lead to 3-1. Sophomore Stephen Sakowicz (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) doubled in the eighth but was stranded on third for the final of 3-1.
Preston Betz and Josh Hejka combined for a four-hitter while recording seven strikeouts. Sophomore Ryan Vasel (River Vale, N.J./Pascack Valley) turned in a great effort, going the complete game. He scattered eight hits and tallied three strikeouts.
Sakowicz reached on an error on the fourth and came in on an RBI from Hopkins after moving to third on a wild pitch and base hit by Robbie Thompson (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill) to put Dickinson on the board in game two.
Mike Smith was hit by a pitch and worked his way around the bases, coming in a sacrifice fly from Alex Darwiche to tie the game in the sixth inning.
That would be the score for the next seven innings until the Blue Jays loaded the bases. They capitalized on a pair of errors to push across two runs in the top of the 14th stanza and held on for the win.
Senior Cristian Acosta (Santiago, Dominican Republic) made a surprise start, coming off the injured reserve list to throw the first two innings. He recorded a pair of strikeouts to finish with 105 in his career.
Thompson went 2-for-5 while Max Brown (Annapolis, Md./McDonogh) added a pair of singles and was hit by a pitch to reach in the eighth. Hopkins gave the Devils some hope in the bottom of the 14th, leading off the inning with a single.
The Red Devils played some outstanding defense all over the field, while Hopkins was outstanding behind the plate. He threw out the only steal attempt made in two games and made a remarkable diving catch in foul territory to keep the Blue Jays in check.
The Red Devils finish the season 20-20 overall and 7-11 in the conference.