The Johns Hopkins baseball team dropped its Division III College World Series opener against No. 1-ranked Washington University, 9-3, on Friday at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The Bears (33-4) scored six runs after two outs in the eighth inning to snap a 3-3 tie to pull out the victory.
Hopkins, which pounded 13 hits, rallied twice to get the game tied before the St. Louis-based team broke it open in the eighth.
Trailing 2-0 to start the seventh, shortstop Dai Dai Otaka (2-for-5, one run, one RBI) had a run-scoring triple with two outs and then tied the game on Matt Ritchie’s double for Johns Hopkins.
Down 3-2 in the eighth, the Blue Jays loaded the bases with one out but could only muster one run on a sacrifice fly by David Harding.
The Blue Jays, seeded eighth in the eight-team field, fall to 15-6 and will go to the losers’ bracket in the double-elimination tournament. They’ll return to action at 10 a.m. Saturday to take on the Adrian-St. Thomas loser.
The Regional Tournament MVP, A.J. King went 3-for-5 in the contest, marking his third career College World Series three-hit game. King became the first JHU freshman to register a three-hit game in the CWS in 2019.
Otaka’s triple in the seventh inning was the first triple hit by a Johns Hopkins player in 2021.
Johns Hopkins’ Jared deFaria went 2-4 in the contest, reaching base in his 16th straight game and has now picked up a hit in 14 of his last 16 contests.
Eight of the nine Blue Jay starters registered a hit in the contest and all nine reached base for the Blue Jays.
Johns Hopkins’ Peter Schaefer added five more strikeouts to his season total, putting him at 78. That number is tied for 10th-most in a single-season by a Hopkins pitcher.
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