Andrew Houghton | 6/19/13
The Grays bullpen let them down again Wednesday, with the Baltimore Redbirds scoring three in the bottom of the ninth to win at Carlo Crispino Stadium.
The Grays had scored two in the top of the ninth to break a 2-2 tie on RBI singles by Eric Ramsey (Wake Forest) and Will Benenson (Franklin and Marshall) before reliever Chris Nee (Catholic) gave up the three spot in the bottom of the inning, with the Redbirds runs coming on a sacrifice fly and a hit batsman before the final nail in the coffin was delivered by Lee Lipinski’s walkoff single. Up until that point, the Grays had played well, scratching out a run in the second on two walks, a hit, and an RBI groundout by Jayson Yano (Stevens Tech).
Tom Murphy (Williams College) started well and pitched 4 1/3 only giving up 1 earned run. Jake Williams (George Washington) then stepped in and gave up the lead in the fifth on a two-run home run by Redbirds catcher Ian Rice. The Grays manufactured another run in the sixth, with center fielder Desmond Stegall (Grambling State) providing the RBI groundout this time to tie the game at two. That was the way it would remain until the ninth, as Grays relievers Jacob Williams (George Washington), Peyton Fuller (Troy University), and Yano combined for 3.1 innings of scoreless pitching, giving the team a chance to win it with the runs in the ninth. But it was not to be, as Nee couldn’t hold the lead and the Redbirds took the victory.
The Grays play next on Thursday, June 20, at 5:00 pm against the Youse’s Orioles at Hoy Field.