FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Washington’s baseball team wrapped up a successful spring break trip with a 12-4 come-from-behind victory over Franciscan on Saturday.
The Shoremen won eight of their nine games in Florida to improve to 11-4. Saturday’s win was their seventh in a row.
Washington pushed six runs across the plate in the last of the sixth to break a 4-4 deadlock with Franciscan (Ohio).
Back-to-back doubles from Chris Kramedas and designated hitter Dylan Nepert drove in what would prove to be the winning and insurance runs. Ryan Zwier’s infield single brought it another run and Aaron Deutsch’s two-out double to left chased home the locals’ ninth and 10th runs.
C.J. Gillmer’s two-out single in the eighth scored Brandon Hoffman, pinch running for Zwier (double), and Deutsch, who reached on a two-out free pass and swiped a base, to account for the final tally.
Ethan Osgood picked up his second win of the season. In four innings of relief, the junior right-hander allowed one run on two hits. He struck out two batters and did not issue a walk.
Alex Bendzlowicz and John Grill (two strikeouts) finished. Collectively, over the final three innings, they scattered two hits and faced only 10 batters — one over the minimum.
Three runs were charged to starter Jonah Frankel, a sophomore right-hander who worked two full innings. He gave up three hits and the only walk for the Shore staff.
Washington led 16-7 in hits, including eight doubles. Max Hammond, Max Ruvo, Zwier and Gillmer (three RBI) each had two hits. Ruvo leads the club in hits (25), RBI (22), triples (6), stolen bases (9), batting average (.490) and slugging percentage (.902).
The Shoremen had to play catch-up after the 3-8 Barons scored three times in the top of the second inning.
Hammond’s double to right-center in the last of the third scored Gillmer, who reached on a dropped strike three to lead off the inning.
The rally stalled, however, as Hammond was picked off at second and Kramedas, who doubled with one away, was left on base when the batters behind him grounded out and popped up, respectively.
In the Shoremen’s fourth inning, Joe Otto and Jack Klingman doubled back-to-back and Joe Curtin and Gillmer singled in succession — all with one out — as Washington pulled into a 3-3 tie.
The locals took their first lead in the bottom of the fifth on Otto’s sacrifice fly to center that scored Max Ruvo, who led off with an infield single.
Franciscan’s Joshua Costello (leadoff double) scored on a throwing error with one away in the top of the sixth to level the score at 4-4.