’Locked-in’ Rowe leads ’Jacks to sweep
Rowe, Correa tie school records in Game 2 rout of PGCC
LARGO Joel Rowe went 2-for-4 with three RBI as Chesapeake College defeated Prince George’s Community College, 9-2, Tuesday in the first game of a baseball doubleheader.
And then Rowe really got going.
The freshman from Clear Spring (MD) High went 5-for-5 to tie a single-game school record for hits as the Skipjacks (4-2 overall, 2-0 Maryland JuCo) overwhelmed PG, 21-1, in Game 2. Rowe also drove in four runs and scored four times in the nightcap.
"Joel was absolutely locked in," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski. "Even the outs he hit were hit hard."
"I was just seeing the ball well and picking out my pitches," said Rowe. "The team is coming along well. The bats are starting to get hot. We’re improving each day."
Rowe, who became the 10th Chesapeake player to have five hits in a game, wasn’t the only Skipjack to tie a school record in the Game 2 rout. J.D. Correa went 3-for-5 with a record-tying three doubles while scoring twice and driving in two runs.
Szymanski was pleased with his team’s 22-hit attack in Game 2 after putting up just six hits and benefiting from nine walks in the opener.
"We came out a little more focused than we were in the first game and we started to get our timing down," said Szymanski.
Nik Nowottnick was the story in Game 1, pitching five no-hit innings while striking out four. Nowottnick allowed one walk, which provided PG with its only base runner during his pitching stint.
"I just always try to throw as many strikes as I can, get ground balls, keep the defense busy," said Nowottnick.
"Nik was really hitting his spots well, had excellent velocity and changed his speeds effectively," said Szymanski.
Spencer Gillis pitched the final two innings in Game 1, giving up two runs on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
Eight Skipjacks had multi-hit games in the nightcap. Matt Schotanus, who scored three times in the opener, joined Rowe and Correa with three hits in Game 2 while scoring three more runs.
Kam Stewart and Kevin Beaver each had two hits and drove in three runs. J.D. Donalds, Ricky Brady, and Casey Joseph also had two hits apiece.
Ryan Nichols (2-0) won the nightcap, striking out 10 with no walks while allowing just one unearned run on four hits in four innings. R.J. Angermier pitched the final inning of the five-inning game and retired six of the seven batters he faced while giving up a walk.
"The pitching and defense were excellent," said Szymanski. "We hadn’t played in a while because of the weather. It was good to get outside and prepare for our trip."
The Skipjacks flew to Florida Wednesday for their eight-game Spring Break trip. They open play with doubleheaders Friday and Saturday against Kishwaukee College and Brookdale Community College, respectively.
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