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College Baseball: HCC's hitting heats up in nightcap to earn doubleheader split with Southern Maryland

March 27, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • Hagerstown Community College's Terrell Thompson, right, gets congratulated by teammate Drew DeShong, left, after scoring on Tuesday to tie the first game of a doubleheader with College of Southern Maryland. The teams split the twinbill.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — While Tuesday may have been on the chilly side, the Hagerstown Community College baseball team’s bats managed to warm up for at least part of the afternoon.

The Hawks bounced back from a 10-2 loss in the opener by pounding out an 11-4 victory in the nightcap to gain a split of a Maryland JuCo Conference doubleheader with the College of Southern Maryland.

“It was two completely different games,” HCC coach Scott Jennings said. “It was like night and day for us. In the first game, they just outplayed us. They had better hitting, better pitching and better defense. In the second game, we came out and played our game. We did a great job. We hit the ball a lot better.”

HCC (16-11, 3-2) erupted for a pair of four-run rallies in the first two innings of the second game, and then added a three-run fourth to finish off Southern Maryland (8-16, 2-8).

The Hawks’ first-inning rally was late developing, starting when Eric Schanzenbacher was hit by a pitch with two outs.

Cole Sellers followed with a single to center and Dylan Dunn walked to load the bases, setting up Chris Kulik’s base-clearing triple to center. Kulik scored on Drew DeShong’s single to center.

“After losing the first game, it was very important that we came out and jumped on them in the beginning of the second game,” Jennings said.

Trevor Haupt walked and Terrell Thompson doubled to left to begin the second-inning rally. Schanzenbacher drove in a run with a one-out single to left, followed by Sellers’ two-run double to left. Sellers took third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.

Sellers started the fourth-inning rally by drawing a one-out walk before Dunn singled to left. Kulik completed a five-RBI game by scoring both runners with a two-run double to center.

Kulik scored on Andrew Zeger’s two-out single.

HCC starting pitcher Dylan Schaeffer gave up four runs in six innings of work to earn the win. Dakota Deshong pitched a scoreless seventh inning of relief.

“Dylan Schaeffer held them down,” Jennings said. “It was a gutsy effort.”

Southern Maryland starting pitcher David Sapp allowed one hit and one earned run in five innings of work to win the opening game. Jonathan Nagy finished with three hits and two RBIs, while Mitchell Seifert drove in three runs for Southern Maryland.

Jacob Kenney got two of HCC’s four hits, including an RBI single in the fifth. Thompson scored HCC’s other run in the third on a dropped throw from the outfield.

Southern Maryland 10, HCC 2
Game 1
So. Maryland    100    027    0    —    10    11    3
Hagerstown    001    010    0    —    2    4    4
Sapp, Bauer (6) and Seifert. Chrzanowski, Knupp (6), Dunn (6) and Torres. WP — Sapp. LP — Chrzanowski (5-1).
HCC 11, Southern Maryland 4
Game 2
So. Maryland    101    101    0    —    4    9    1
Hagerstown    440    300    x    —    11    10    0
Funkhouser, Nagy (3), Willoughby (5) and Seifert, Carman (5). Schaeffer, Deshong (7) and Haupt. WP — Schaeffer (2-2). LP — Funkhouser.

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