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Baseball Drops Slugfest to Swarthmore

Harrison Burns
Harrison Burns

SWARTHMORE, Pa. – On an overcast and wet day for a ballgame, the Haverford College baseball team (16-18, 9-7 CC) was defeated by host Swarthmore (26-9, 13-3 CC) on Friday afternoon at Clothier Field, falling despite a four-run second inning. The Fords banged out 11 hits on the afternoon, including doubles from Will Karp, Ben Somorjai and Harrison Burns and a triple from Tom Phillips.

Haverford struck first against Swarthmore starter Ryan Warm in the second inning. Ethan Lee-Tyson singled and Michael Schwarze reached on an error before Harrison Burns roped a double down the left field line, plating Lee-Tyson for a 1-0 lead. With two out, Tom Phillips drove a ball into deep center field, scoring Schwarze and Burns. Karp then followed with a double into left field, bringing home Phillips for an early 4-0 advantage.

Swarthmore grabbed a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, but three singles in the third inning led to a fifth run for the Fords as Burns reached on an infield single to plate Lee-Tyson. Swarthmore had an immediate answer with an eight-run third inning, as Cole Beeker homered to help key a rally that put the Garnet up 10-5.

The Fords again had a response, striking for two runs in the top of the fourth. Karp singled with one out and Ben Furlong was hit by a pitch before a Lee-Tyson walk, loading the bases for Owen Plambeck. Plambeck reached on a fielder's choice, with two runs coming home on the sophomore's grounder to trim the Swarthmore advantage to just three at 10-7.

The Haverford offense was silenced from that point on, with a Somorjai double in the fifth inning representing Haverford's best chance in the second half of the contest. Max Kassan was credited with the victory for the Garnet, tossing 2.2 innings of one-hit relief. 

Four different Fords recorded multi-hit games, with Burns, Karp, Phillips and Schwarze all finding holes on two occasions. Lucas Greenbaum settled down the Swarthmore bats late in the game as he recorded the longest relief appearance of his career, hurling 1.2 innings and allowing just one hit. 

The Fords return to action tomorrow with a home doubleheader against Gettysburg to finish the regular season. The twinbill will get underway at 12:30 p.m. Haverford can secure an 11th straight trip to the Centennial Conference tournament with a sweep of the visiting Bullets.