The Shippensburg University baseball team split Friday afternoon’s doubleheader matchup against the Mansfield University Mountaineers, winning Game 1, 8-2, and losing Game 2, 6-5.
In Game 1, Shippensburg’s offense completely dominated from start to finish. In the second inning, Pat Kregeloh got things started by hitting a home run down the infield line. Junior Steve Sulcoski then drove in another run after Matt Shover hit an RBI single, giving SU a quick, early 2-0 lead.
The bats continued to shine into the third when Tyler Basso scored off of a Jimmy Spanos fly out. Eric Herman also scored in the inning. After Herman stole second base, Cody Kulp hit an RBI triple, giving the Raiders a commanding 4-0 lead. At the end of the inning, Kulp drove in another run, and the Raiders finished the inning with five runs.
MU quieted the Raiders’ bench in the next inning. Dylan Woodworth scored a run when Matt Fisher slammed a triple to right field.
The Raiders put the “W” in the bag in the sixth inning. Kregeloh, Sulcoski and Shover drove in three more runs, giving the Raiders the victory in Game 1, 8-2.
The Raiders got off to another early start in Game 2. Immediately in the first, with Herman on first, Spanos nailed a homer, giving Shippensburg a 2-0 lead.
Jimmy Miller put up another SU run in the second.
However, MU started to rally in the third. Woodworth made it to second on a shortstop throwing error. Then Jon Moser doubled down the right field line, driving Woodworth in to cut SU’s lead to two. Moser scored later, cutting the lead to one.
In the sixth, MU’s Jon Taddeo was driven in after he hit a leadoff double, tying the game at three each. MU took the lead for the first time in the same inning thanks to Nolan Milliman. Jordan Miller and Stephen Stopper drove in two runs.
SU attempted to rally back in the seventh inning.Hollingsworth struck out looking to end the game.
Mansfield would take the split, 6-5.
SU’s next home game will be Wednesday against Wilmington (Del.)