In their 2024 season debut, the Shippensburg University baseball team secured a commanding 10-5 win over Carson-Newman on Friday at the Silver Diamond Baseball Complex, leveraging a strong early game offensive that saw them scoring eight runs across the first two innings. Weather conditions led to the postponement of Game 2 in the initial inning.
Shippensburg showcased a robust performance, tallying 10 runs from 13 hits with a minimal field error. The team’s pitchers collectively conceded five runs on 10 hits. Senior standout Austin Baal delivered an impressive 3-for-4 at-bat, including a walk and netting four RBIs. Morgan Wyatt contributed significantly with a three-run homer in the opening inning.
Noteworthy performances also came from Senior Andrew Chronister and Junior Carter Arbuthnot, both securing two hits in five at-bats. Chronister added an RBI and a run, while Arbuthnot doubled and crossed home twice.
Graduate player Ryan Gleason made a strong start, allowing just one run over four innings, with Freshman Conner Barto earning the win after a two-inning relief appearance where he surrendered two runs. Senior Ethan Miller and Sophomore Brenden Anderson each pitched a scoreless inning, further stifling Carson-Newman’s offense.
The game’s early momentum was set by Junior Carter Hinds, whose opening single and subsequent steal led to a series of scoring plays, highlighted by Baal’s two-out RBI double and Wyatt’s significant three-run homer. Despite a brief rally from Carson-Newman, Shippensburg maintained control, with additional runs in the sixth and eighth innings cementing their victory.
The teams aim to resume play with two seven-inning games scheduled for the following day, weather conditions permitting.