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SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – The Shippensburg University baseball team dropped an 18-9 decision to Pitt-Johnstown on Tuesday in a nine-inning game at Fairchild Field.

Shippensburg (6-11) allowed a season high in runs and could not overcome an early deficit, as Pitt-Johnstown (11-5) scored five runs in the second, three in the fourth and five in the fifth to gain a lopsided advantage.

Sophomore Tony Vavaroutsos (Toronto, Ontario/Mary Ward Catholic) hit an RBI-triple for SU’s only run of the first seven innings. In the eighth, senior Zack Zoller (Royersford, Pa./Spring-Ford) hit a two-run double and redshirt-freshman Andres Garcia (Rahway, N.J./Union County Vo-Tech) was hit by a pitch with bases loaded in a three-run frame.

The Raiders scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on a collection of singles, bloops and ducksnorts.

Freshman Joe Barbera (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) entered as a reserve midway through the game and finished with three of SU’s 10 hits. Senior Jacob Pollock (Stafford, Va./Mountain View) had a two-run single in the five-run ninth inning.

Pitt-Johnstown had 12 hits, including a three-run homer to left-center field in the second inning by Isaiah Kearns. The Mountain Cats also drew 16 walks and were hit by seven pitches.

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Shippensburg hosts Wilmington at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Fairchild Field.

Photos by Bill Smith/Shippensburg University

Bill Morgal is sports information director at Shippensburg University

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