Ship U:  Baseball Rallies for a Split at West Chester

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On Thursday at Serpico Stadium, the Shippensburg University baseball team played a doubleheader against West Chester. The Raiders lost game one by a score of 5-1. In game two they rallied and won just by one point. Then ending score in game two was 10-9.

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What Happened

Game 1: West Chester 5, Shippensburg 2
 
Shippensburg had its 10-game winning streak come to an end with the Game 1 loss, as the Raiders managed six hits against starter Braden Fausnaught but scratched across just two runs.
 
The two Raider runs scored on an RBI-single in the third by Justin Darden and another in the fifth by Chronister.
 
The decisive inning was the second. WCU, already up 1-0, started the inning with back-to-back singles and then a double to take a 2-0 lead. An error led to another run, and the Golden Rams added a pair of RBI-singles to make it a four-run frame and a 5-0 lead.
 
Nick Zegna threw five innings for the Raiders, allowing four earned runs and striking out four. Sophomore Ethan Miller pitched a scoreless sixth.
 
Sidearmer Dylan Howanitz retired the final seven batters for the Golden Rams to pick up a save.
 
Game 2: Shippensburg 10, West Chester 9
 
Shippensburg, functioning as the home team in Game 2, took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run single by Chronister. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Golden Rams tied it in the third and scored seven runs in the fourth to take a 9-2 lead.
 
The key to the comeback was the fact that the Raiders scored four runs with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the fourth to get back within 9-6. Graduate Jordan Yoder hit an RBI-double and scored two batters later on an error. Barbera hit an RBI-single and Ben Werkheiser hit an RBI-double to cap the inning.
 
SU added two more runs with two outs in the fifth, one on an error and another on an RBI-triple by Yoder, to make the score 9-8. In the sixth, Barbera scored on a throwing error and Werkheiser scored on a wild pitch to give the Raiders a 10-9 lead.
 
Stotler entered in the fourth inning to relieve sophomore starter Kaleb Sophy, and immediately served up a two-run home run, but then did not allow a hit until the ninth inning. Stotler retired 11 hitters in a row until yielding a leadoff walk in the eighth. He improved to 3-5 on the season, allowing just three baserunners over the course of his five innings.
 
Sophomore Jackson LoBianco entered with runners on first and second and one out in the ninth and proceeded two get a flyout and a strikeout to pick up his fifth save of the season.

Inside The Box Score

PITCHING

W: Braeden Fausnaught (7-2)

LNick Zegna (7-4)

S: Dylan Howanitz (1)

Shippensburg

BATTING

2B:Andrew Chronister 1

RBI:Justin Darden 1

Andrew Chronister 1

BASERUNNING:

RUNS:JuJu Cason 1

Joe Barbera 1

SB:Joe Barbera 1; Carter Hinds 1

CS:Justin Darden 1

West Chester

BATTING:

2B: Mike Ferrara 2

Sean Szestowicki 1

RBI: Zack Wright 1;

Mike Ferrara 2;

Sean Szestowicki 1;

HBP:Carter Hinds 1

Zack Miles 1

BASERUNNING:

RUNS: Justin Horn 1;

Keith Flaherty 1; J.R. Gifford 1; Sean Szestowicki 1; Zack Miles 1SB: John DeMucci 1CS: Zack Wright 2; John DeMucci 1

Up Next

Shippensburg is scheduled to host West Chester tomorrow for a game at Fairchild Field.

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