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Baseball Upends Limestone for its First Opening-Day Sweep

302sports 385 Feb 17

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Goldey-Beacom notched its first season-opening victory in team history and then completed its first opening-day sweep in program annals, 2-1 and 5-1, at Limestone in Gaffney, SC.

The Lightning in game one struck in the top of the first inning.  Brian McCourt (Huntingtown, MD) had a leadoff single, but was erased on a fielder's choice from fellow senior Ivan Solis (La Chorrera, Panama).  The latter took second on a groundout from Justin Hill (Sussex Tech) and scored on a two-out double from fellow senior Tevin Thomas (Dover).

Benjamin Huber homered in the second to bring the Saints level, 1-1, but Lightning answered in the fourth.  Senior Cole Collins (Sussex Tech) and sophomore Mason Maxwell (Newfield, NJ) each drew one-out walks and junior Jeff Gillis (DMA) followed with an RBI single.

Derwood, MD junior Jake Heskett (1-0) made it hold, striking out six over four innings and allowing one run and three hits.  Senior Brandon Ferrie (Royersford, PA) tossed the final inning for the save and Collins ended with two hits.

Huber and Trace Whetsell each collected two hits for Limestone.  Marcus Johnson (1-2) was tagged for two runs and six hits over six innings despite seven strikeouts.

Goldey-Beacom in game two plated three runs in the top of the third courtesy of just one hit, a leadoff single from sophomore Marshall Awtry (Conrad).  McCourt had a sacrifice fly, freshman Garrett Musey (Millville, NJ) drew a bases-loaded walk and Maxwell followed with a hit by pitch.

The Lightning in the seventh got two insurance markers for the final.  McCourt crossed home on a wild pitch that turned into a throwing error and Musey lined an RBI single.

Wilmington, DE junior Trevor Jump (Mt Pleasant) (1-0) allowed just one run and six hits over 4 2/3 innings with three strikeouts for the Lightning (2-0).  Awtry closed with two hits.

Anthony Alejandro (0-2) gave up three runs, two hits and four walks over 2 2/3 innings for the Saints (1-8). 

The Lightning and Saints conclude their four-game series Sunday with a noon doubleheader, also in Gaffney, SC.