May 29, 2010

By Bryan Rose
Special to

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. - Johns Hopkins came into the NCAA Division III Baseball Championships as the No. 1 team in the nation and the top offensive team left in the tournament, but Hopkins scored a disappointing two runs in their first game on Friday, suffering a 3-2 loss.

On Saturday, it looked as though the Blue Jays might get eliminated.

But Johns Hopkins scored seven runs in the eighth inning on the way to a 7-4 comeback win against Shenandoah, which was eliminated from the tournament.

The Hornets jumped on Johns Hopkins early, scoring a run in the second inning. Shenandoah starter Jake Yocum held Johns Hopkins off the board, throwing five scoreless innings and scattering three hits.

But in the eighth, Johns Hopkins (43-6) loaded the bases with nobody out. Jesse Sikorski gave Johns Hopkins the lead with a three-RBI double. The Blue Jays added four more runs in the inning to take a 7-2 lead.

Shenandoah (38-10) countered in their half of the inning with two runs but it was too little as Johns Hopkins starter Sam Eagleson retired the Hornets in order in the ninth to secure the win.

Eagleson collected the win, throwing a complete game and allowing just three earned runs on eight hits. He also struck out seven.

Johns Hopkins will face the loser of the SUNY-Cortland-Linfield game Sunday at 1 p.m.