Matt Lopes' Game Winning RBI Allows No. 20 Wilmington Baseball to Sweep Concordia at Wilson Field
Base: #20 Wilmington 14 - Concordia 5; #20 Wilmington 5 - Concordia 4
Friday, April 11, 2014 - New Castle, DE
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The Wildcats celebrated at the plate for the second time in three games, walking off against Concordia in game two after walking off against West Chester on Wednesday. Copyright 2014; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Frank Stallworth.
Junior Matt Lopes knocked in the game winning run in game two against Concordia, allowing the Wildcats to sweep the Clippers on Friday. Copyright 2014; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Ryan Buckwheat
The No. 20 Wilmington University baseball team scored twice in the bottom of the ninth in game two against Concordia, allowing the Wildcats to sweep the Clippers, 14-5 and 5-4, in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference doubleheader on Friday afternoon at Wilson Field.
The two victories improve the Wildcats (21-4-1, 10-2 CACC) win streak to 10 straight games, not having lost since the first game of a doubleheader split at Nyack on March 28. Concordia (6-15, 2-8 CACC) held a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the ninth in game two, but gave up two two-out runs to endure the sweep on Friday.
The Clippers carried a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning in the doubleheader opener before the Wildcats broke out and tallied seven runs in the sixth and six more in the bottom of the eighth to come back for the victory.
Josh Hampton started the seven run outburst in the sixth inning, hitting his first of two doubles in the inning to lead off the rally. His second double of the inning brought two runs home, the final two of the inning for the Wildcats while Brody Tennant, Jon Castro, Mike Annone, and Frank Samluk, also knocked in runs in the inning.
The Wildcats put the first game away with another lopsided inning, putting six on the board in the bottom of the eight to break away. Josh Swirchak started the inning with a double while Matt Lopes, Sam Goines, Tennant, Jesse Long, and Christian Adorno knocked in runs in the inning to expand the Wildcats lead to 14-5 in a matter of two at-bats.
Tyler Fries took over for Nick Marics on the mound in the top of the ninth innings, shutting down the Clippers in order to secure the game one victory.
Game two of the doubleheader saw the Wildcats come back from an early 3-0 deficit, and a 4-3 deficit going into the bottom of the ninth inning to earn the sweep.
Concordia score a single run in the top of the second before tallying two more in the top of the fourth to take a 3-0 lead of Wilmington starter Jake Wersinger.
The comeback started with a two run fifth inning for the Wildcats, as Tennant started the rally with a leadoff double, followed by an RBI single by Castro. Swirchak singled in another run for the Wildcats to put the home team on the board in the fifth inning.
Samluk doubled to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning and eventually scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 3-3 before the Clippers made a rally in the top of the ninth inning.
With two outs and runners on second and third base in the top of the ninth, the Clippers took the lead with on a wild pitch before Jarrett Shaffer struck out a batter to end the top of the ninth inning.
With two outs and the bases empty, Swirchak started the last minute rally with a single, followed by a game-tying RBI double down the left field line by Hampton. Pinch hitter Matt Lopes then single through the right side, allowing Hampton to come around and score from second with the game-winning run.
Swirchak and Hampton collected five hits each in the doubleheader while Hampton finished with three RBI on the afternoon. Lopes went 3-for-5 in the first game before coming on and going 1-for-1 as a pinch hitter in the nightcap.
Tim Racek earned the win in the first game, pitching two-thirds of an inning, first to get out of the sixth inning before getting the first out of the seventh to earn the win in game one. Jarrett Shaffer gave up a run in the top of the ninth in game two, collecting three strikeouts, but was picked up by the offense in the bottom half to earn the victory.
The Wildcats travel to Bloomfield for another CACC doubleheader on Saturday, looking to go a perfect 7-0 this past week. The first game of the doubleheader on Saturday is schedule for 12 p.m. in Bloomfield, N.J.