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Hubinger records three hits

Joey Hubinger (c) 2021 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Joey Hubinger (c) 2021 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

THE FACTS
Johns Hopkins (2-3, 2-3 CC) 5, McDaniel (0-5, 0-5 CC) 3 (Game 1)
Johns Hopkins (3-3, 3-3 CC) 9, McDaniel (0-6, 0-6 CC) 1 (Game 2)
What: Centennial Conference (CC) baseball doubleheader
When:
Saturday, Apr. 3
Where: Baltimore, Md.

THE SKINNY STORY
Johns Hopkins broke a 2-all deadlock with a sixth-inning home run in the first game to key a sweep of McDaniel. The Blue Jays took the opener 5-3 before completing the sweep, 9-1.

THE LEADERS
Joey Hubinger (West Milford, N.J./West Milford) recorded three hits in the twinbill to lead the Green Terror.
• Nate O'Brochta (Hornell, N.Y./Avoca) allowed just one baserunner with four strikeouts in the final two innings of game two.

FOR THE FOES
• A.J. King went 4-for-4 in game two to lead Johns Hopkins, which had 13 base hits in the contest.

THE REST OF THE STORY
• In the second inning of the opener, James Ingram doubled to lead off the frame before a Dai Dai Otaka single put runners at the corners for Johns Hopkins. A wild pitch allowed Ingram to score for a 1-0 lead.
Joey Hubinger singled to left with a one out in the top of the fourth before stealing second. After a Jack Valentine (Hockenssin, Del./Sanford) walk, a fielding error loaded the bases. A Tyler Yohn (Dillsburg, Pa./Northern York) sacrifice fly plated Hubinger to tie the game before another error in the frame also allowed Valentine for score for a 2-1 advantage.
• In the home fifth, a pair of free passes in the form a hit batter and walk put runners on first and second to open the inning. A Jared deFaria one-out single plated Dillon Bowman to tie the game.
• Ingram doubled to lead off the sixth before a one-out Jack Walters home run to the short porch in right field gave the hosts a 4-2 lead.
• An Isaiah Winikur lead off homer stretched the lead to 5-2 in the seventh.
• Hubinger drew a one-out in the eighth before Valentine was hit by a pitch. A two-out Yohn single to center cut the deficit to two but a strikeout kept it right there.
• With two on and two out in the top of the ninth, Wyatt Copeland came on with a full count and need just one pitch to get a called strike three and earn the save.
• In game two, Winikur hit his second long ball of the day with a two-out dinger in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead.
• Sam Frank led off the second with a double before A.J. King singled. A two-out, three-run home run from Mark Lopez stretched the lead to 4-0.
• The first five batters of the third reached base to spark a four-run frame that made it an 8-0 game.
• A Winikur one-out walk and singles from deFaria and King gave Johns Hopkins a 9-0 lead.
• Three straight walks to start the top of the eighth loaded the bases and forced a pitching change. After a strikeout, Santino DeFilippo (Shelton, Conn./Shelton) poked a pinch-hit single through the left side to score Connor Uhrig (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) and break up the shutout.

THE INSIDE STORY
• This was the first since 1980 that the two long-time rivals have been in a true doubleheader.
• Joey Hubinger and Austin Goudeaux (Elkton, Md./Bohemia Manor) each had two hits in the opener.
• The pinch-hit base hit for Santino DeFilippo in the eighth inning of game two was the freshman's first career hit and RBI.
Harry Romano (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo) also had his first collegiate knock with a pinch-hit single in the ninth.
• Four Blue Jays pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts in game one.

NEXT UP
McDaniel returns to action in a doubleheader at home against Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. The first game of the doubleheader begins at 12 p.m.