BILL MORGAL (SU SPORTS INFORMATION) —The Shippensburg University baseball team had all nine of its starters record at least one hit on Sunday afternoon from Anderson Field en route to a 15-8 victory over Concord University. SU took two of three games this weekend to win the series over the defending West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion Mountain Lions.
SU and CU may have been physically cold, as the teams dodged snow flurries for the majority of the game, but the bats were certainly alive. The squads combined for 23 runs and 35 hits, with the Raiders clubbing seven extra base hits (including two home runs).
Junior left fielder Simon Beloff capped off a torrid weekend at the plate by going 2-for-5 with a home run, double, three RBIs and three runs scored. In the three-game series, Beloff was 7-for-12 at the plate with two homers, two doubles, four RBIs and four runs scored. He also reached base in seven consecutive plate appearances this weekend, a stretch that spanned from the fourth inning of Game 1 to the fourth inning of Game 3.
Junior third baseman Tyler Basso was one of three players to go 3-for-5 at the plate along with freshman second baseman Jimmy Spanos and junior center fielder David McKolosky. Basso had two doubles, a triple and three runs scored. All five of the hits he recorded this weekend went for extra bases. Spanos had an RBI, walk and two runs scored while McKolosky, who made just his second start of the season, contributed an RBI and scored one run.
Junior catcher Tyler Shover hit a two-run single in the first inning and launched a two-run home run in the third inning to give him four RBIs on the afternoon. Fellow junior Steve Sulcoski contributed RBI-singles in the first and third innings before lining out in the fourth, ending a streak of five consecutive plate appearances with singles.
Junior Cody Kulp hit a two-run double in the fifth before Beloff hit a two-run homer in the next at-bat. Senior shortstop Ben Miller set the table from the leadoff spot with two hits, two walks, a stolen base and two runs scored.
Freshman Cody Ezolt made his first career start at first base and went 1-for-3 with an RBI-single in the third inning. Senior Jimmy Miller pinch hit for Ezolt in the sixth after a pitching change and delivered an RBI-single.
SU scored three times in the opening inning and raced out to a 7-2 lead after three innings before the Mountain Lions chased sophomore starting pitcher Shawn Patterson with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore Pat Kregeloh stopped the threat and earned the victory in relief, allowing two runs in 4.1 innings of work. Senior Kody Kibler pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Raiders countered Concord’s four-run fourth by scoring six runs in the top of the fifth, a frame capped off by Kulp’s two-run double and Beloff’s two-run homer. SU added single runs in the sixth and the ninth.
SU returns home to Fairchild Field next weekend for a four-game series with PSAC Western Division opponent Gannon.
SU is and Gannon have similar records coming into the weekend.