By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
BREWSTER, M.A. - The Whitecaps were able to pick up their third straight victory, but it was not pretty.
After five innings of play, the Whitecaps were being no-hit by Eric Reyzelman from Harwich. When a new pitcher came in for Harwich it was game on for the Whitecaps, who ended up winning 4-0, plus it always helps when Whitecaps pitcher Mason Barnett (Auburn) throws a gem himself.
“The key to this game was to keep it at 0-0 and get to their bullpen, and that is exactly what we did because that pitcher was very good,” manager Jamie Shevchik said.
Picking up in the bottom of the sixth inning, the struggling Porter Brown (TCU) doubled to lead off the inning. Brown then came across to score the opening run of the game. He scored on a Will Simpson (Washington) sacrifice fly.
In the bottom of the seventh Spencer Jones (Vanderbilt) put the cherry on top. He hit a three-run home run to give the Whitecaps a 4-0 advantage and what would end up being the final score.
“I was just looking for a fastball to drive, and when I hit it, I went I think that has a chance,” Jones said. Jones was covered in cold water after teammates Zach Neto and Dale Stanavich were pouring it on him for his home run.
Again, the key to victory for the Whitecaps was their pitching.
Starting pitcher Mason Barnett (Auburn) went 4.1 innings, recorded six strikeouts, allowed three hits, and no runs.
This performance comes after a not-so-good one against Orleans in his last outing.
“It was one of those things where you try and forget about your last start and come in fresh for your next one,” Barnett said.
Hunter Owen (Vanderbilt) and Griffin Green (Virginia Tech) both came in relief and closed the door on the Mariners.
Even though the Whitecaps have won three straight, there is a loss coming out of the weekend.
Colin Davis (Wofford), who leads the team in hitting, will no longer be with the Whitecaps because of the MLB Draft. Davis will most certainly get drafted, and the Whitecaps wish him all of the luck in the world.
The Whitecaps now (9-5-2) and are in sole possession of first. They will have two home games in a row against Y-D, both starting at 5 p.m.