FREDERICK, Md. - The Hood College baseball team defeated Messiah 3-2 in the opener before the Falcons escaped with a 7-1 win in the nightcap.
Nate Luscombe pitched a complete game in the opener. The sophomore limited Messiah to just five hits and two walks, striking out five. Hood got a solid start from Brad Sawyer in the second game. The freshman went 4.2 innings and allowed just one hit, a fifth-inning bunt single. He allowed two runs, walking five and striking out eight.
The Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth doubleheader was played at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium.
HOOD 3, MESSIAH 2
- Luscombe and John Griffitts both pitched complete games, but Luscombe came out on top for his second win of the year.
- Hood did all of its scoring in the third inning. After the Falcons went ahead 1-0, the Blazers loaded the bases with no one out. Jordan Patterson drove in a run with a RBI ground out to tie the game. Hood took the lead on a play where Messiah tried for the force out at home, but the slide of Quinn Fulton jarred the ball loose. A sacrifice fly by Dylan Johnson extended the lead to 3-1.
- A solo home run by Ben Wilson in the sixth made it a one-run game, but Luscombe prevented any further damage for his third complete game of the year.
- Patterson doubled and walked in the game.
- Griffitts took the loss.
MESSIAH 7, HOOD 1
- The game started out as another pitcher's duel between Sawyer and Brandon Shirk kept the opposition off balance.
- The Blazers struck first. Cam Esposito tripled to lead off the bottom of the first and scored on a ground out by Greenberg. The leadoff triple was the only hit Shirk allowed in the complete game win, although he did issue four walks and hit another batter.
- Sawyer, meanwhile, cruised through the first four innings. After a bunt single and a walk in the fifth with one out, a two-run single by Kyle Shoen gave Messiah the lead.
- Four more runs in the sixth and another in the seventh put the game out of reach.
Hood travels to Penn St.-Mont Alto for a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, April 19.