Shippensburg University sports: Raiders honor five seniors
SU’s Raiders honor five seniors in Friday pregame ceremony
The Shippensburg University baseball team honored its seniors onFridaybefore its final games of the 2021 season, a home doubleheader against Bloomsburg. SU won the opener, 9-8, but dropped Game 2 by a 6-3 score in action at Fairchild Field.
Shippensburg (17-19, 15-17 PSAC East) and Bloomsburg (18-14, 18-14) moved up the start of the doubleheader to 11 a.m. in an effort to get the games in before the arrival of forecasted inclement weather. After some early Game 1 showers, the skies remained mostly clear until ominous clouds rolled in late in Game 2.
Rain, lightning plagued game 2
SU tied the game up in the bottom of the sixth inning. Then the sky unleashed a torrent of rain. The squalls and a lightning delay forced a calling of the game at that juncture. That reverted it to the last completed inning, making Game 2 officially a five-inning contest.
Before the doubleheader started, the pregame ceremony honored featured recognition for Kiernan Higgins (Buffalo, N.Y./Bishop Timon- St. Jude (Coastal Carolina)), Chris Horst (Enola, Pa./East Pennsboro), Kyle Lysy (Allentown, N.J./Allentown), Matt Ryan and Chase Zurawski (Reading, Pa./Wilson). In his home finale, Zurawski had three hits; he reached four times in Game 1 (2-for-2 with two RBIs, two walks).
An interesting bottom of the fourth inning in Game 1 proved decisive for the Raiders. SU trailed 6-1 entering the bottom of the fourth but scored seven runs on two just hits and also left the bases loaded. After an RBI-single by Lake Lloyd (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron), a two-run single by Jackson LoBianco (Irvine, Cal./University) and a run on a wild pitch, SU drew three consecutive bases-loaded walks with two outs to take the lead.
Kaleb Sophy (Orwigsburg, Pa./Blue Mountain) got the Game 1 win, pitching into the seventh inning. Seven runs were credited against Sophy’s ledger, but he struck out eight. It’s his fourth outing of the season with eight or more strikeouts.
After a two-run home run by the Huskies off Sophy in the top of the seventh, Noah Nabholz (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville) entered and got the final two outs to record his second save of the year.
The Game 2 loss eliminated the Raiders from playoff contention. SU finishes the season fifth in the PSAC Eastern Division.