(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson baseball team suffered its first loss of the season, dropping a see-saw battle with visiting Messiah College in the home opener at MacPhail Field in Tuesday afternoon.
The Falcons struck early, pushing a run across in the first inning. Josh Sauffley double to move Adam Janney to third. Janney came in to score as Colin Fry grounded out to the right side to put Messiah on the board.
The Red Devils answered in the bottom of the second. First-year Adam Quine (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) drew a walk and moved to second on a fielder's choice. He came around to score on an RBI single from senior Luke Besse (Marston Mills, Mass./Barnstable).
The Falcons came back with a run in the top of the third to retake the lead. Janney singled, stole second and moved to third on a ground out. He scored when Fry singled down the left field line for a 2-1 advantage.
The Red Devils produced two runs with two outs, in the bottom of the fifth to take a 3-2 lead. Senior Ryan Dolan (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Germantown Academy) singled to start the rally, followed by back-to-back walks to Robbie Thompson (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill) and Matt Primavera (Erdenheim, Pa./Chestnut Hill) to load the bases.
Senior Phil Werner (Potomac, Md./St. Andrew's) tallied an RBI, reaching on an error to score Dolan for the tying run. Quine came through again, knocking a single into left center to score Thompson and put Dickinson on top, 3-2.
The Red Devils looked to be in good shape until the top of the eighth inning. An error and a single put two runners on for the Falcons. That set the stage for a three-run shot over the left field fence by A.J. Steindel to give Messiah a 5-3 lead.
The Devils looked for a two-out rally in the bottom half of the inning as Max Brown (Annapolis, Md./McDonogh) doubled and Dolan singled, but Brown was thrown out at the plate with a strong relay by the Falcons.
Primavera and Quine singled in the ninth, but the Devils were unable to plate any runs to close the gap.
Steindel led Messiah (3-3), going 4-for-4 on the day. Drew Betz earned the win, going 4.1 scoreless innings, recording four strikeouts.
Quine drew two walks and finished 2-for-3 on the day with an RBI and a run scored. Primavera walked twice and went 1-for-3 while Thompson drew four walks, adding a stolen base and a run scored. Dolan went 2-for-5 with one run scored. Primavera recorded 14 putouts and a pair of key assists. He made a fantastic play at first base to prevent at least one run from scoring in the fifth.
Sophomore Billy O'Neil (South Deerfield, Mass./Deerfield Academy) went 4.2 solid innings in the start with Mo Felt (Wheeling, W. Va./The Linsly School) coming on in relief. First-year Ian Brink (Williamstown, Mass./Mount Greylock) suffered the loss, despite a strong effort as well.
The Red Devils slip to 4-1 on the season. The game against Penn State Harrisburg, scheduled for tomorrow, has been postponed to Thursday afternoon at 3:00 pm.