by Greg Knowlden, sports information student assistant
CITY, PA, April 19, 2002 -- The Grove City College baseball team (6-11, 6-4 PAC)
whipped visiting Washington & Jefferson College on Friday, 17-3, using a
five-run fourth inning to break the game open and a seven-run eighth to close
Sophomore starter Greg Grupp (Harmony, PA/Slippery Rock) struck out 10 in eight innings, earning the victory with a masterful pitching performance. Grupp retired 16 of 20 Presidents in the middle innings and surrendered only seven hits.
A trio of Wolverines had three hits, and sophomore 2B Jake Cuthbert (Belle Vernon, PA/Belle Vernon) went 4-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored. Cuthbert is hitting .667 (14-for-21) in his last five games. Sparkplug freshman RF Michael McMillen (Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny) made the most of his third start of the year, scoring three times and driving in three on his first career home run for the last of his three hits. Senior LF Mike Volchko (Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) belted his second homer of the season, singled twice, and scored three runs.
Freshman DH Joel Diller (Hartville, OH/Marlington) had a 3-for-5 day before giving way to junior Steve Navarro (Gilbertsville, PA/The Hill School) who blasted a pinch hit three-run homer in the eighth inning for his third of the year. A two-out error in the eighth frame led to Navarro and McMillen’s shots. Junior C Matt Skipper (Canton, OH/Canton South) doubled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to a dozen games.
Grove City will travel to Washington, PA to play a doubleheader against the Presidents tomorrow afternoon in a key PAC showdown.
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