The Shippensburg University baseball team’s performance in Game 1 resembled the weather at Fairchild Field as the Raiders edged the Golden Rams of West Chester, 3-1, Saturday afternoon.
Things were quiet offensively for the first three innings. Nick Umberger provided another stellar outing for the Raiders, striking out five players through the third inning, and then three more throughout the game.
SU’s bats came alive in the fourth, when Simon Beloff and Cody Kulp both scored to give the Raiders a 2-0 lead. Cody Kulp doubled down the infield line and a Simon Beloff walk. Pat Kregeloh drove in both runs after an error by the Rams shortstop allowed Kregeloh to advance to second.
The Golden Rams cut the lead in half in the next inning. Matt Baer singled, Josh Heyne drove a single in through the left side, and Reid Pulford hit one to center field. Baer singled in the sole run for the Rams.
SU scored one more run in the sixth. Matt Shover was walked, stole second and ran home when Kregeloh singled to center. SU then extended its lead, 3-1.
The Golden Rams tried one more time to get within range in the seventh. Justin Lamborn hit a double to right field, but it would not help the Rams.
The Raiders defense finished them off, taking the first game in the doubleheader by the final tally of, 3-1.