FAIRFIELD — Never quit. Never give up. No matter the score, as long as there is still a chance, a team has hope.
Washington lost Monday’s first baseball game to Southeast Conference foe Fairfield 15-2 and trailed 9-5 at the top of the seventh inning in the second game.
With two outs and a runner on, Mitchell Driscoll got the first hit and then Brant Stout singled. Cade Hennigan doubled. Luke Turner singled. Brady Knutson was hit by a pitch. Trevor Quigley doubled. Ethan Patterson, who had started the inning with a walk singled. Seven runs scored for a 12-9 lead.
Chase McDole took the mound and struck out the first two batters, gave up a walk, then fanned the third out for the win.
“Credit to our guys for not walking away and fighting for the split here,” Washington coach Nathan Miller said.
If the Trojans had swept, they would have a three-game lead with six to play.
Instead the Trojans have a 7-3 SEC record and the Demons are 8-4.
“They still hold their own destiny and if we both win out, they’re going to be a game ahead, that’s just how it is,” Miller said. “We’re just focused on getting better every day and our hope is to be playing the best baseball we can going into that final week and lead it into the postseason.”
While McDole ended the night on the mound, he also was the first game starter and gave up six runs in the loss.
“We just weren’t very competitive on the mound,” Mille said. “We hit five guys and walked six against a team that’s an excellent hitting team and when they space in their hits like they did, you’re going to get thumped.”
The Demons had just two hits in the first game.
“We needed to step into the box with confidence and look for a ball to drive,” Miller said. “We watched too many fastballs for 13 innings, fastball after fastball got us behind in counts and finally in the last inning we decided to jump on it and we drove it.”
Fairfield hit six home runs on the night, four in the first game.
“They capitalized on several mistakes that killed us,” Miller said. “We had an error that would have ended an inning get followed by a three-run jack on the next pitch. We had bases loaded twice with less than two outs and got three total runs.”
Washington (11-4) hosts Williamsburg (7-13) today.