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SU Baseball Secures Dramatic Extra-Inning Victory Against Pitt-Johnstown, 8-7

In an action-packed home opener, the Shippensburg University baseball team clinched a thrilling 8-7 victory over Pitt-Johnstown in an 11-inning game at Fairchild Field. The dramatic win came after a tense bottom of the 11th when the Raiders capitalized on a UPJ error with the bases loaded.

Key players for Shippensburg included sophomore Mike Heckman, who had an outstanding game going 3-for-4, driving in four runs and scoring twice, and junior Carter Hinds, who matched the hit count and walked twice, contributing significantly to the team’s offense.

Shippensburg, now with a 2-3 record, rallied to overcome a challenging start after Pitt-Johnstown took an early lead. The Mountain Cats surged ahead with four runs in the first inning, but the Raiders quickly narrowed the gap in their half of the inning, ending it with a close 4-3 score.

The game saw multiple lead changes, with Shippensburg initially seizing the advantage in the second inning before Pitt-Johnstown reclaimed it in the fourth. However, Shippensburg’s resilience shone through, tying the game and then taking a lead in the seventh inning, setting the stage for the dramatic finale.

Freshman Ryan Novakowski delivered an exceptional performance from the mound in the final innings, holding off Pitt-Johnstown and setting the stage for the Raiders’ eventual win. His efforts were crucial in keeping the game within reach and enabling the walk-off opportunity.

The deciding moment came after Justin Byler’s one-out double in the 11th inning followed by Heckman’s single and an intentional walk to Austin Baal loaded the bases. Gio Calamia’s ground ball induced a critical UPJ error, allowing Byler to sprint home with the game-winning run.

The Raiders will look to build on this exciting win as they prepare for their next games against Pitt-Johnstown, scheduled for Sunday at Fairchild Field.


Pamela K Coyle 1949-2024

Pam received her Master’s degree in library science from Clarion University in 1978. She never lost her love of reading or her enthusiasm for libraries.

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Candie worked in the Prothonotary’s office at the Fulton County Courthouse, and later at Irving Accounting and U.S.A. Cartage in Williamsport, MD.

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