Red Devils Split With #17 Roanoke to Open 2018

Red Devils Split With #17 Roanoke to Open 2018

(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/ 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.

Ben Carter (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area) doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Pat Davis (New Providence, R.I./Morristown-Beard) to put the Red Devils up, 6-4, in the sixth.

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.