E. Tech routs No. 1 Dulaney, 11-1

Murray's four-hitter stops error-prone Lions

Baseball

April 20, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It wasn't top-ranked Dulaney's game from the start. Instead, it was Kevin Murray's day, as No. 10-ranked Eastern Tech thumped the visiting Lions, 11-1, yesterday in Essex.

Murray (2-1), a 6-foot, 185-pound senior right-hander, begged coach Kenny King earlier in the day to pitch after the coach told him that the team was better defensively with him in center field.

"This was the game I really wanted to pitch because it's my senior year and it's like your dream to pitch against the No. 1 team," said Murray, who threw a four-hitter with three walks and five strikeouts on 93 pitches.

"When I told him he wasn't going to pitch, he said, `Coach I'm pitching today,' " said King, whose club knocked off Dulaney, 4-3, last year.

The Mustangs (6-2) erupted for seven runs in the sixth to chase Dulaney starter Dave Gobeli and end the game via the 10-run rule.

"It was a team loss today," said Dulaney coach Mark Truszkowski, who ran the team in place of head coach Ron Audlin. Audlin is being treated for prostate cancer but is expected back today.

The Lions (7-2) got hints early that it wasn't going to be their day.

"We got down 3-0 and our lineup didn't produce," said Truszkowski, who was JV coach at Eastern Tech two years ago.

First, the Lions' bus was late for the 3:45 game, which had been rained out twice previously. The Lions arrived around 4 p.m., warmed up and took a hurried infield practice before the first pitch around 4:22 p.m.

Gobeli was stranded at second base in the top of the first inning after a two-out double off Murray.

Tech leadoff hitter Phil Michael reached in the first inning on the first of what would be five errors by the Lions, but Gobeli got the next two batters with Michael on third base.

Cleanup hitter Jimmy Thomas then bounced one back to Gobeli, and it looked like the inning would be over. Instead of not even thinking about Michael and going right to first base for the final out, Gobeli looked the runner back.

The hesitation may have broken the focus of first baseman Trevor MacMeekin, who dropped Gobeli's low throw to give the Mustang a 1-0 lead. Thomas then stole second and took third on an errant throw by catcher Scott Headd.

Designated hitter Nick Bonadio singled Thomas home, and the 5-9, 220-pound Bonadio lumbered around the bases to make it 3-0 when junior Brandon Berlett golfed one over the left fielder's head for his first of two doubles.

Leading 4-1 in the sixth, Eastern Tech scored seven runs, five charged to Gobeli, to put the game away.

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