Eastern Tech survives late scare, beats Patapsco

Murray's 4 RBIs help Mavericks to 10-9 win

April 08, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Eastern Tech's Kevin Murray slugged his team to a nine-run lead over Patapsco, then replaced the starting pitcher for the final two innings of a wild 10-9 Baltimore County East Division win.

And what a relief Murray was.

The sophomore left fielder went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, including a three-run homer in the first inning, to lead the visiting Mavericks' 13-hit attack. Kenny Bolyard was 2-for-5 with two runs scored for Patapsco (3-1, 1-1 league), which rapped 10 hits.

In an earlier 5-4 victory at Eastern Tech, Patapsco had built an early 5-0 lead before holding off the Mavericks.

Yesterday, however, Eastern Tech (3-3, 1-1) led 9-1 after a six-run fourth-inning, and 10-1 going into the bottom of the sixth.

"I fought off some foul balls and waited for my pitch," said Murray, whose sixth-inning RBI single gave the Mavericks their game-winning run. "I tripled against them the last time. I just play good against them."

In the bottom of the sixth, Murray replaced starter Brett Waskiewicz, who struck out two batters, walked three and scattered seven hits to improve to 2-1.

The Mavericks' defense had committed just two errors through the first five innings. But it nearly collapsed behind Murray, with four errors over the last two innings.

Dan Blubaugh's bases-loaded, two-run single also keyed the Patriots' five-run sixth.

Up 10-6 with two men on and no outs in the seventh, Murray struck out Eric Lloyd before walking the bases full. Murray got the next batter on a fielder's choice before yielding first baseman Derek LaRussa's two-run single that made it 10-9.

Fortunately for Murray, shortstop Josh Kenney ran to his left to shag Scott Cornell's drifting pop-up behind second base to end the game.

"What a relief it is to be out of this," Murray said. "I was told to finish the game off, but I let in a few runs."

Waskiewicz tripled to spark the Mavericks' six-run fourth inning, where they turned all three of the Patriots' errors into scores. Jeff Gutowski knocked in Waskiewicz, and both Jose Barbosa and Matt Fritsch contributed run-scoring hits, the latter, a two-run double.

Ahead 3-0 in the third inning, Eastern Tech botched a double-steal attempt with one out and runners on first and third. Lloyd, Patapsco's catcher, got the lead runner at the plate before starter Shane McGlaughlin struck out the final batter.

Patapsco tried to get it going in the home third on consecutive singles by Jerry Hehring and Greg Hopper, but Waskiewicz retired the next three batters.

"We were trying to win it with one swing instead of getting guys on base and getting runs over the plate," LaRussa said. "We didn't start playing until the fifth or sixth inning."

Pub Date: 4/08/99

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