Gilman outlasts Spalding, 14-9

April 27, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

It was obvious from the very beginning -- a 90-pitch first inning -- that a marathon was in order.

No. 9 Gilman (10-2) outlasted Archbishop Spalding, 14-9, in a 3 1/2 -hour endurance test yesterday at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.

The host Cavaliers (3-6) committed seven errors and left 13 men on base and still only lost by five runs.

Gilman needed only nine hits with only two players, catcher Peter Bogue and third baseman/pitcher Jason Mersey getting two hits to score 14 runs.

Gilman scored six runs in the first and looked as if it might be done with Spalding in five innings, but the Cavs answered with three of their own and the marathon was on.

Freshman Jared Vogt started for Spalding, had control problems and ended up throwing 50 pitches in the first inning. Vogt walked three, struck out one and gave up four hits in the first.

Gilman's Jason Mersey doubled in the third run, and that was to be the only extra-base hit for the Greyhounds. Spalding second baseman Mike Angelo committed two errors on one play, kicking a grounder and then throwing it away for the first two runs.

Brent Pollard (3-for-5, four RBIs) homered over the fence in left to lead off the game for Spalding.

Later Vogt walked with the bases loaded and Angelo's fielder's choice made it 3-0 as Gilman starter Misha Goberman threw 40 first-inning pitches.

Spalding handed Gilman four more runs in the third without the Greyhounds getting a hit. Vogt, who came out after the third with 94 pitches thrown, hit two batters and walked two more while first baseman Andy Canterna let a grounder go through his legs for two runs.

"That's the kind of stuff we've been doing most of the year," said Spalding coach Tom Lind, whose team committed 11 errors Friday in a 20-0 loss to Mount St. Joseph.

"Jared hits a couple batters and we don't catch the ball. Losing one of our top pitchers to academic ineligibility has really hurt us, because Jared is only a freshman."

Junior Rick McKeldin relieved Vogt in the fourth inning and gave up an unearned run in the fifth on an error by Vogt at third, and three more unearned runs on Pollard's two-base error in center field in the sixth.

Lind was happy that his team didn't quit as it narrowed the gap to 11-5 in the fifth and scored four times in the sixth. Pollard singled in two in the fifth, and Zerhusen started the sixth with a triple.

RBI singles came from Vogt (2-for-4), Angelo, Pollard and Matt Brady (2-for-3) in the sixth.

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