Sports Roundup: April 8 – 15

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Mens’ Baseball

4/8/2015  — John Lim Named ECAC South Region Player of the Week

ANBURY, Conn. – Junior John Lim of the Swarthmore College baseball team has been named the Corvias ECAC South Region Player of the Week, as announced by the organization on Tuesday, Apr. 7.

Lim hit .600, slugged .700, and recorded an on base percentage of .636 as the Garnet went 4-0 with sweeps of Haverford and Gettysburg last week. The junior had multiple hits in every game and scored six runs while also driving in four.

He recorded three hits and three runs in a 14-10 win over Haverford on Thursday, which gave the Garnet its first sweep of the Fords in 15 seasons. In Saturday’s 14-inning, 10-9 triumph against Gettysburg, he scored twice and knocked four hits, including an RBI double in the bottom of the 13th to keep the Garnet alive. In the nightcap against the Bullets, Lim went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs as Swarthmore cruised to an 11-3 win.

Lim currently ranks first in the Centennial Conference in on base percentage (.495), second in batting average (.397), third in runs (23), and fourth in hits (29). The Garnet will hit the road for a rematch against Washington College on Thursday, Apr. 9 at 3:30 p.m.

4/11/2015 — Garnet Baseball Drops Pair to Johns Hopkins

SWARTHMORE, Pa. – The Swarthmore College baseball team was swept in its Centennial Conference doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 11 as it fell 9-4 and 17-2 to the visiting Johns Hopkins Blue Jays.

After falling behind in the first inning of game one, the Garnet responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Roy Walker hit a two-RBI single down the left field line to drive in Ryan Burnett and Wesley Fishburn and give Swarthmore a 2-1 advantage.

The Garnet scored again in the third behind an RBI-base hit by Scoop Ruxin and in the fifth when Ruxin scored Burnett on a double to center field. Burnett finished the game a perfect 2-for-2, drawing three walks and scoring two runs.

Unfortunately for Swarthmore, the Blue Jays’ offense came alive in the seventh and eighth innings when the team scored a combined eight runs to take the lead and ultimately put the game away. Senior Luke Alventosa fell to 1-3 with the loss and Ross Lazicky picked up the win for Johns Hopkins.

The Garnet’s struggles continued in game two and the Blue Jays capitalized with 12 runs over the first five innings. Swarthmore did not put a run on the board until the bottom of the ninth when freshman catcher Jaron Shrock used a bases-clearing double, one of his three hits in the game, to drive in Brian Kaissi and Nathan Booth.

Sophomore Brian Gibbs was credited with the loss after allowing six earned runs in four innings on the mound.

The team looks to snap its three-game losing streak when it travels to Washington College on Sunday, Apr. 12 for a conference game at 12:30 p.m.

4/12/2015 — Miller Tosses No-Hitter but Shoremen Trump Garnet

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Sophomore pitcher Aidan Miller of the Swarthmore College baseball team threw the first Garnet no-hitter since Steve Farneth ’00 achieved the feat in 1997, but Swarthmore fell 1-0 to homestanding Washington College on Sunday, Apr. 12 for the team’s fourth consecutive loss.

The righty struck out six and walked three in eight innings of work, but picked up his first loss of the season. Miller’s no-no is also the 13th in Centennial Conference history and the first solo since Zach Jones of McDaniel tossed a no-hitter on March 9, 2013.

Swarthmore (16-8, CC 4-6) knocked six hits over nine innings, but John Lim’s double in the fourth frame was the only extra-base hit for the Garnet.

The back-and-forth game remained scoreless for seven innings, although the Shoremen had a promising opportunity in the bottom of the sixth with a man on third and only one out. Miller escaped the jam and kept the game deadlocked by striking out the next batter and fielding a grounder to end the inning.

Washington College scored the decisive run in the bottom of the eighth after a two-out throwing error allowed a runner to score from third. In the ninth, Swarthmore managed to put Ryan Burnett, who finished with two hits, at second base with only one out, but a subsequent groundout and fly out clinched the game for the Shoremen.

Swarthmore looks to break its four-game skid when it travels to Muhlenberg on Tuesday, Apr. 14 for a game at 3:30 p.m.

4/13/2015 — Miller Named Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Week

LANCASTER, Pa. – For the second consecutive week, a member of the Swarthmore College baseball team has received a weekly honor from the Centennial Conference as sophomore Aidan Miller was named pitcher of the week, as announced by the league office on Monday, Apr. 13. Junior John Lim was tabbed as the conference player of the week for the period ending Apr. 6.

In Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Washington College, Miller pitched the 14th no-hitter in Centennial Conference history and the first Swarthmore no-no since Steve Farneth ’00 blanked Haverford in 1997. He struck out six in the complete-game effort and retired the side in order on three separate occasions. This season, Miller leads the Garnet with his 2.17 earned run average and is limiting opponents to a batting average of .140 in his six appearances.

4/14/2015 — Late Runs Sink Baseball at Muhlenberg

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A 4-4 game between the Swarthmore College baseball team (16-9, CC 4-7) and Muhlenberg ended in a 6-4 defeat for the Garnet after the Mules scored one run in both the seventh and eighth innings to clinch the contest.

Sophomore Steven Matos-Torres finished 3-for-4 and shortstop Wesley Fishburn had a hit in his 20th consecutive game this season. Ryan Burnett and Scoop Ruxin each recorded two hits and one RBI on the afternoon.

After surrendering the first four runs of the game in the second inning, Swarthmore clawed its way back with three in the top of the third frame. Senior Danny McMahon led off with a double and freshman Cal Barnett-Mayotte followed up with a walk. Fishburn’s single to center scored McMahon and subsequent groundouts by Burnett and John Lim drove in Barnett-Mayotte and Fishburn, respectively.

Neither team scored over the next three innings, but Swarthmore knotted the game at four apiece with a run in the seventh. With Lim and Burnett on second and third, Ruxin knocked a single to center to bring Burnett home and tie the game.  Unfortunately, a costly fielding error with two outs in the bottom of the frame allowed Muhlenberg to regain the lead and the Mules added an insurance run in the eighth frame.

Nathan Booth was charged with the loss and falls to 1-1 on the season. The team remains on the road for a nonconference game against Immaculata on Wednesday, Apr. 15 at 3:30 p.m.

4/15/2015 — Baseball Drops Non-Conference Game to Immaculata

IMMACULATA, Pa. — A midseason slump continued for the Swarthmore College baseball team as the visiting Garnet (16-10) fell 9-2 to Immaculata on Wednesday, Apr. 15. Swarthmore finds itself in the middle of a six-game losing streak after starting the season 16-4.

Sophomore shortstop Wesley Fishburn and freshman catcher Jaron Shrock each collected two hits and David Wolfson brought home a run in his only at bat.

Immaculata used four runs over the first three innings to gain a lead it never relinquished. Although the Garnet got on the board in the fifth inning when Fishburn drove in freshman Joe Jackson with a single up the middle, the Mighty Macs scored the next four runs to put Swarthmore in an 8-1 hole. Wolfson’s double in the eighth frame scored Roy Walker, who pinch ran for Ryan Burnett, but it was too little, too late for the Garnet.

Freshman Sam Alofsin picked up the loss in his first start of the season after allowing five runs, four of them earned, in five innings on the mound.

Swarthmore returns to Clothier Field to host DeSales on Thursday, Apr. 16 at 4:00 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse

4/8/2015 — Women’s Lacrosse Routs Widener, 15-4, on the Road

CHESTER, Pa. – Seniors Elyse Tierney and Sara Lentricchia each factored into five goals to lead the Swarthmore College women’s lacrosse team to a 15-4 rout of Widener on Wednesday, Apr. 8 at Edith R. Dixon Stadium.

After the teams traded goals in the opening five minutes, Swarthmore took control of the game by scoring four of the next five. Freshman Taylor Chiang most notably netted her first goal when she was set up by classmate Kathryn Restrepo at the 11:08 mark. A free position goal by Widener’s Meghan Garvey made it 8-4 in favor of the visitors at recess.

Swarthmore completely dominated the second half by netting seven goals and keeping the Pride off the scoreboard for the entire frame. Elyse Tierney led the way with three tallies, while senior Elizabeth Bachman, junior Lizzie Kolln, sophomore Briana Narzikul and Lentricchia also found the back of the net during the stretch to provide more than enough insurance for the Garnet to win their final non-conference game of the season.

Connie Bowen picked up the victory between the pipes for Swarthmore by making 12 saves, while Widener’s Megan Dunn turned away 10 shots in the loss. Senior Samantha Reichard, juniors Tazmin Bailiff Curtis and Antonia Violante as well as freshman Christina Labows were also among the many players on defense that limited the Pride to just four goals in the game.

4/11/2015  — Women’s Lacrosse Falls to Third-Ranked F&M

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Swarthmore College women’s lacrosse team was dealt a 15-3 setback by #3 Franklin & Marshall on Saturday, Apr. 11 at Tylus Field.

Franklin & Marshall (12-1, CC 5-0), which has been ranked as high as first in the nation by the IWLCA this season, opened the game with six straight goals. Brittney Jorgenseon scored twice while Grace Saliba recorded a goal and two helpers during the stretch.

Junior Lizzie Kolln put Swarthmore on the board at 9:07 and freshman Taylor Chiang found the back of the net a few minutes later, but the Diplomats answered with two goals and took a 9-2 lead into recess after getting a buzzer-beating marker from Paige Moriarty.

Swarthmore struck first in the second half when senior Elyse Tierney scored an unassisted marker to bring the Garnet within six in an attempted rally. The Diplomats, however, quickly regained control again and finished the game by netting another six unanswered.

Kaitlin Hardt picked up the victory in goal for F&M, which outshot Swarthmore 36-11 and forced the visitors to commit 27 turnovers. Junior Connie Bowen made 10 saves for the Garnet in the loss.


The above recaps were provided to The Daily Gazette by the Swarthmore Athletics Communications Office.

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