O'Neil Remains Unbeaten in Red Devil Split

O'Neil Remains Unbeaten in Red Devil Split

(Auburndale, Fla.) – The Dickinson baseball team split its final double-header in Florida, squaring-off with Hamilton College on Friday afternoon. The Red Devils won the opener 5-1 and battled in the second before a late rally lifted the Continentals to a 12-8 decision.

The Devils scored in the bottom of the first of game one as Jonathan Chudacoff (Highland Park, Ill./Berkshire School) singled to score David Farnham (Atherton, Calif./Menlo School).

Farnham singled in the fifth and came in on a balk. First-year Brian Reilly (Morganville, N.J./Marlboro) tallied an RBI, scoring senior Rick Hopkins (Egg Harbor Twp., N.J./Holy Spirit) to stretch the lead to 3-0.

Max Brown (Annapolis, Md./McDonogh School) doubled to lead-off the sixth and Austin Sumners (W. Trenton, N.J./The Pennington School) hit the Devils' second inside the park homerun of the season for a 5-0 lead.

Hamilton spoiled the shutout with a lone run in the seventh inning for the final of 5-1.

Farnham went 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Brown finished 3-for-3. Hopkins and Sumners each had two hits while junior Billy O'Neil (South Deerfield, Mass./Deerfield Academy) tossed another complete game to improve to 4-0 on the season. He allowed just two hits, no earned runs and recorded three strikeouts.

Sumners reached on a bunt single and Robbie Thompson (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill) singled to set up an RBI base-hit for Hopkins to put the Red Devils on the board in the first inning of game two.

Max Matilsky (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) drew a two-out walk and came in on a single from Thompson to double the lead to 2-0 in the second. The Red Devils pulled in front 3-0 when Ben Carter (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area) singled and scored on a wild pitch.

The Continentals rallied in the bottom half of the inning, scoring five runs to take a 5-3 lead. Hamilton capitalized on some defensive miscues and a pair of triples to pull in front.

Dickinson countered with two runs on RBI doubles from Chudacoff and Carter to knot the game, 5-5. They added scores on a sacrifice fly, wild pitch and a double from pinch-hitter Alex Jacobson (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) to pull back in front, 8-5.

Hamilton came back with another big inning, using three errors to score seven runs in the sixth to claim the nightcap, 12-8.

Matilsky went 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Carter finished 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Thompson added two hits and Sumners scored twice and stole a base, drawing a pair of walks.

Hopkins scored twice with an RBI and walked twice while Chudacoff drew a pair of free passes as well.

The Red Devils move to 9-7 on the season. They return home and are scheduled to face Shenandoah University on Tuesday at 3:30 pm. 

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