Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Nymeo Field

Nate Luscombe
Nate Luscombe

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. 


  • 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. 


  • 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. 

Up Next

Hood travels to Penn St.-Mont Alto for a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, April 19. 

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