Nick Delp tossed a four-hitter and improved to 4-0 on the mound as Calvert Hall (9-2, 3-2) topped Loyola, 6-2, at Carlo Crispino Stadium on Tuesday afternoon in MIAA A Conference baseball action.
Delp again had pin-point control. He has now fanned 23 batters in 29 innings of work this season for coach Lou Eckerl, and his ERA stands at 1.40.
“I was relying on my curve-ball and I was hitting my spots,” said the junior right-hander.
The Hall (9-3, 3-2) broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third with a four-run rally, keyed by Tyler Webster’s three-run triple. The Dons (4-6, 2-4) answered with two runs in the top of the fourth, when center-fielder Stetson Cox singled, pitcher Chris Girken doubled, and designated hitter Johnny Schouten got an RBI single. The Dons got their second run on a fielders choice off the bat of Conor Barnes.
The Hall got two more runs off of Girken in the fourth, when David Gately singled, Justin O’Neill tripled, and Rodriguez singled.
Manny Rodriguez had three hits for the Hall, and he had a RBI and scored a run. Rodriguez said, “Our work ethic has changed. We’ve been going at it harder. We came in this morning at 7 o’clock to get some swings in, and it worked today.”
Rodriguez had kind words for Girken’s job on the mound. “(Chris) Girken is a really good pitcher. He locates well, he knows where to place the ball; he had a pretty good game.”
The Hall has an important home and home series coming up with Gilman. The Hounds will host the Cardinals on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. and Calvert Hall will entertain Gilman on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in Towson.
“Two huge games that could get us into the playoffs,” said Delp.
NO. 2 CALVERT HALL 6, LOYOLA 2
LOY 000 200 0 — 2 4 1
CH 004 220 x — 6 8 0
Girken and Dinoto; Delp and Finn
3B: CH-Webster, O’Neill.