Westminster slugfest takes zip out of Liberty, 13-3 Baseball

April 08, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

With three walks, five hits and eight runs, Westminster certainly enjoyed its first inning yesterday against Liberty.

No. 15 Westminster sent 12 men to the plate and scored eight runs in the first, and the Owls coasted to a 13-3 victory over visiting Liberty in a Carroll County and Central Maryland Conference game.

The game was stopped with two outs in the bottom of the fifth when the Owls increased their lead to 10.

Westminster (3-1 overall, 2-0 in County, 2-0 in CMC) quickly set the tone in the bottom of the first. Jason Magin walked (he did it again later) and stole second, and Todd Dorsey singled him in. Adam Pfeiffer then doubled in Dorsey for a 2-0 lead after three batters.

Paul Reter and Brian Parker later added RBI singles, and two runs scored on wild pitches. No. 9 batter Todd Dickensheets then cracked the big blow, a two-run triple to right-center that increased the lead to 7-0 and finished Liberty starter Doug Coppeler.

"I just went with it," said Dickensheets, who finished 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. "[The eight-run lead] loosened us up too much."

Westminster coach Carl Rihard agreed that his team let up a bit after the first, but still liked the inning.

"We had a good inning there, there's no doubt about it," said Rihard. "We had guys on base, we had timely hitting, and we were able to run a little."

Liberty (0-2, 0-2, 0-2) rallied after that, scoring three unearned runs on just one hit in the fourth inning. Chris Devins, Josh Gursky and Eric Tupis all scored, increasing the lead to 8-3. The Owls, however, added two in the fourth and three in the fifth to end it.

"You take an eight-run first inning, and that's hard to overcome," said Liberty coach Bryan Harman, who protested the game during the eight-run inning because of a Westminster lineup card that had two players slotted for left field.

Liberty had trouble at the plate, finishing with only two hits overall. The Lions hit only four balls out of the infield in their five at-bats.

Westminster starter Chris Archambault pitched well, but struggled with his control. He went three innings plus one batter, but walked six and had thrown more than 70 pitches when Rihard pulled him after Eric Priddy walked to start the fourth.

"[Archambault] has got a lot of pop," said Rihard. "He's got a very live arm."

Brian Dayton made his first appearance of the season after that for Westminster. Two Owls errors hurt him and let the three runs score, but Dayton settled down after that, retiring the last five he faced.

Devins was the Liberty bright spot. He relieved Coppeler in the first and threw effectively over 2 2/3 innings, mixing his pitches well and keeping Westminster off-balance.

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