March 17, 2013

BASEBALL SWEPT IN DOUBLEHEADER BY #16/10 SHIPPENSBURG, 9-6, 8-6

Shippensburg, Pa. – Catcher Tyler Shover had three hits, scored three runs and drove in four runs to lead #10/16 Shippensburg University to a doubleheader sweep of the Le Moyne College baseball team on Sunday afternoon at Fairchild Field. The Raiders jumped out to a 9-0 lead and held on for a 9-6 win in the opener and then recoded an 8-6 victory in the nightcap.

Shippensburg took advantage of a Le Moyne error in the first inning of the opening game to score two runs. Center fielder Michael Douglas reached on a fielding error by the shortstop with one out. Shover then tripled to right center to plate Douglas. First baseman Pat Kregeloh followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to plate Shover.

The Raiders added seven runs on six hits in the second inning. Right fielder Cody Kulp doubled down the left field line with one out and came around to score on a single to center by designated hitter Dan Wimer. After the second fly out of the inning and a single through the left side by shortstop Mike Marcinko, Douglas singled to center to drive in Wimer. Shover then singled up the middle to plate Marcinko from second. After a walk by Kregeloh to load the bases, left fielder Simon Beloff blasted a grand slam to right field.

Le Moyne broke through with three runs on just one hit in the top of the sixth inning. Graduate student designated hitter Matthew Ciraco (White Plains, N.Y./Perkiomen School) was hit by a pitch, junior left fielder Nate Reynolds (Johnson City, N.Y./Maine-Endwell) walked and junior center fielder Pat Wiese (Fayetteville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Senior right fielder Kody O'Connor (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) was then walked to force in Ciraco. Following a pitching change, freshman first baseman Pat Wright (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) singled to right field to drive in Reynolds. Senior catcher Brian Stinson (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) was then hit by a pitch to force in Wiese.

The Dolphins added three more runs on two hits in the top of the seventh inning. For the second straight inning, Ciraco was hit by a pitch to start the frame. After a strikeout and a walk by Wiese, O'Connor doubled to right center to drive in Wiese and Ciraco. Following another pitching change and a wild pitch, Wright singled to right field to plate O'Connor. Marcus Shippey then got a pair of fly outs to end the game.

Senior righty Casey Cannon (Manasquan, N.J./Saint Rose/Delaware) took the loss on the mound for the Dolphins after giving up nine runs (seven earned) on 10 hits over six innings, while striking out four batters. Shawn Patterson earned the win after tossing five scoreless innings, while striking out five. In addition to Wright's two hits and the double by O'Connor, freshman third baseman Dylan Swetman (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) had Le Moyne's other two hits.

The Dolphins struck first in the nightcap with two runs on one hit and an error in the opening inning. Ciraco led off the game with a single to left field and then stole second with two outs. After O'Connor and Wright walked to load the bases, Swetman reached on a throwing error by the shortstop that allowed Ciraco and O'Connor to score.

Shippensburg answered with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the first. Following singles by Marcinko and Douglas to start the frame, Shover singled up the middle to drive in Marcinko. After a double steal by Douglas and Shover, Kregeloh lifted a sacrifice fly to left to knock in Douglas. Two batters later, Kulp grounded out to shortstop to plate Shover.

The Raiders added two runs on two hits and a Le Moyne error in the second inning. Third baseman Cal Hogan singled through the left side with one out and then stole second. After Marcinko singled through the right side, Hogan scored on a throwing error after Marcinko stole second. Marcinko then scored on a sac fly by Douglas.

The Dolphins got one run back in the top of the third as Wright launched a home run to left field to lead off the inning.

Shippensburg got the run back in the bottom of the third on one hit and a Le Moyne error. After Kregeloh reached on a throwing error to open the frame, Beloff doubled down the right field line to drive in Kregeloh.

For the second straight inning, the Dolphins got a run on a lead-off home run, this time by graduate student second baseman Vincent Redmond (Ithaca, N.Y./Lansing/Garrett College).

Le Moyne evened the score at six apiece in the fifth inning on three hits and an error. Swetman singled to third base with one out and took second on a single to right center by freshman shortstop Brett Charbonneau (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker). After Swetman took third on a failed pickoff attempt, he scored on a groundout by freshman catcher Trey West (Fairport, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit). Redmond then singled up the middle to knock in Charbonneau with the game-tying run.

Shippensburg regained the lead with two runs on one hit and one Le Moyne error in the sixth inning. Second baseman Jimmy Spanos led off with a double to left center and came around to score on a throwing error by the pitcher as Hogan reached on a fielder's choice. After a Le Moyne pitching change with one out, Hogan scored on a sac fly to right by Shover.

Wright and Swetman registered back-to-back singles to start the seventh inning and moved up a base on a sac bunt by Charbonneau, but Shippey recorded a pair of strikeouts to close out the game.

Sophomore right-hander Conor Nolan (Syracuse, N.Y./Corcoran) suffered the loss out of the bullpen after giving up three unearned runs over three and one-third innings. Kyle McClintock earned the win out of the bullpen after retiring all three batters he faced in the sixth inning. Shippey picked up his first save of the season by tossing the seventh inning. Swetman and Redmond each had three hits in the game, while Ciraco, Wright and West had two hits each.

Le Moyne (6-10), which scored at least six runs and lost for the second and third time this season after only losing one regular season game last year when scoring at least six runs, opens defense of its Northeast-10 Conference championship on Saturday at home against last year's runner-up, Franklin Pierce University, at 1:00 p.m.