Weinhold's arm leads Alvernia to victory in Misericordia Regional opener
MOOSIC, Pa. -– Junior starter Mike Weinhold went eight innings and struck out seven and fourth-seeded Alvernia (34-9) scored six runs in the fourth inning on its way to a 10-5 win against fifth-seeded Johns Hopkins (36-9) Wednesday morning in the NCAA Division III Baseball Regional at PNC Field.
Weinhold improved to 9-1 on the season and pushed his single-season record for strikeouts to 104. He opened the day with a swinging strikeout and faced the minimum through the first three innings. He struck out two in the second inning to reach 100 for the season.
The offense gave Weinhold a run in the first inning when Chris Ray ripped a double to left, and scored when Matt Patterson delivered an 0-2 single up the middle.
They plated two more in the second. Brian Witkowski reached on a bunt single that scored Richie Ricciardi and Leon Stimpson tagged a double down the line to drive in Cody Younker.
Hopkins got its first hit and scored its first run in the fourth. The first two batters reached on bloop singles to the opposite field and Weinhold issued his first walk to load the bases. Jeff Lynch popped out to second for the first out of the inning then a single and a walk pushed in a pair.
Weinhold locked in after the walk and recorded back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.
Having pulled within a run at 3-2, the Jays didn't get the shutdown inning they needed.
Chris Burns started the inning with a single up the middle and Witkowski drew a walk. Stimpson then ripped a double off the wall to plate both runners.
The Crusaders tacked on four more runs in the inning to push their lead to 9-2.