Ship U: Baseball sweeps Lock Haven, two games

The Shippensburg University baseball team rallied in both of its games on Saturday to complete a series sweep of Lock Haven, defeating the Bald Eagles by scores of 6-1 and 9-5 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division action at Watkins Field.

Shippensburg (13-17, 8-4 PSAC East) totaled 23 hits in the doubleheader, but 20 of those hits came in the fifth inning or later of each game. SU trailed 1-0 through four innings of Game 1 (seven-inning game) and 3-0 through six innings of Game 2 (nine-inning game).

Junior Lake Lloyd (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) had four hits, including a key three-run double in Game 1. Graduate Matt Shilling (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon (Harford C.C./Liberty) had four hits, including a double and an RBI. Redshirt-sophomore Justin Byler (Lititz, Pa./Warwick (Delaware/Louisburg)) had two hits, including a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning in Game 2.

The Raiders will be back on Wednesday for a single game against Frostburg State at 3 p.m.

Game 1: Shippensburg 6, Lock Haven 1

Lock Haven (7-19, 1-11) took the lead in the second inning with an unearned run on a fielder’s choice. It was the only blemish against junior Noah Nabholz (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville), who threw a complete game and allowed just three singles and a walk while striking out three in an efficient 76-pitch effort.

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SU scored three times in the fifth and the sixth to take control. In the fifth inning, freshman Carter Hinds (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) tied it with an RBI-single. Senior Ben Werkheiser (Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy (Delaware)) gave the Raiders a 3-1 lead with a two-run double.

Lloyd hit a bases-clearing, three-run double in the sixth to create the final score of 6-1. Sophomore Joe Barbera (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt), Hinds and Shilling each finished the game with multiple hits.

Game 2: Shippensburg 9, Lock Haven 5

Shippensburg trailed for much of the game and did not score until the seventh inning. Graduate JuJu Cason (East Arcadia, N.C./North Brunswick (Belmont Abbey)) got the Raiders started with a triple to right field and was brought home on an RBI-single by Lloyd that made the score 3-1.

SU tied the game in the top of the eighth inning after an RBI-double by Shilling and an RBI-single by Byler, but the Bald Eagles retook the lead with two outs in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run home run by Joe Shannon.

The resilient Raiders scored six times in the top of the ninth inning to come from behind and win. Sophomore Andrew Chronister (Dover, Pa./Dover Area) hit a two-run double to tie it at 5-5 as Werkheiser and junior Justin Darden (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) scored almost simultaneously on a bang-bang play at home plate.

Cason then snuck in a single that gave the Raiders a 6-5 lead. Lloyd added another run on an RBI-double and then Byler hit a no-doubt two-run home run to cap the scoring.

Sophomore Gabe Stotler (Warfordsburg, Pa./Southern Fulton) started on the mound for the Raiders and threw six innings, allowing three runs on four hits with one strikeout. Sophomore Jackson LoBianco (Irvine, Cal./University) came in as the relief pitcher and threw two innings, allowing two runs on three hits. Sophomore Kaleb Sophy (Orwigsburg, Pa./Blue Mountain) got the final three outs, including two via strikeout. 

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