(Roanoke, Va.) – The Dickinson baseball team broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the ninth inning and held on for a 5-3 win to split a double-header with Roanoke College on Saturday afternoon. The Maroons, who advanced to the 2017 DIII College World Series, is ranked 17th in the NCBWA/D3Baseball.com preseason national rankings.
The Red Devils had a solid start in the opener, but Roanoke pushed across seven runs over the sixth and seventh innings on the way to a 12-6 decision.
The hosts plated three runs in the bottom of the first to get things started. Dickinson rallied with four runs in the fifth to lead, 5-3, in game one. Senior Robbie Thompson (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill) singled in one run and classmate Jonathan Chudacoff (Highland Park, Ill./Berkshire School) doubled down the line to score two in the inning.
Roanoke came alive with three in the sixth, four in the seventh and one in the eighth to claim the opener.
First-year designated-hitter Alex Cohen (Newtown Square, Pa./Penn Charter) led the Devils at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI, run scored and a walk.
Game two proved to be more of a pitching and defensive battle with sophomores Ethan Collins (Elmer, N.J./Arthur P. Schalick) and Tommy Koide (Morristown, N.J./West Morris Mendham) combining for 14 strikeouts before senior Reid Collins (West Harford, Conn./Kingswood Oxford) came on to close in the bottom of the ninth to earn the win.
Thompson singled in a run to put Dickinson on the board in the first inning of game two. The Maroons countered with lone runs in the second and third, to pull in front, 2-1. Junior Ryan Fuscaldo (Phoenixville, Pa./The Haverford School) doubled in a run to tie the game in the fourth.
Thompson drove in another run in the top of the seventh to pull Dickinson even once again, 3-3.
Carter started off the ninth with a walk and came in to score on an RBI from Chudacoff. First-year Brendan Pell (Delran, N.J./Penn Charter) reached on a bunt single and came in to score on an error.
The Red Devils held with solid pitching from Collins and a remarkable play by shortstop Max Brown (Annapolis, Md./The McDonogh School) to get the first out of the inning.
Pell went 3-for-4 in game two, scoring twice while Thompson, Chudacoff and Fuscaldo all added a pair of hits in the nightcap.
The Red Devils start the season 1-1, earning a win over the top-20 ranked Maroons. They are scheduled to travel to Juniata College next Friday for a 3:00 pm start.