The Shippensburg University baseball team’s hot streak was stopped in its tracks in the first game of a doubleheader against the visiting Bloomsburg Huskies losing 11-5.
BU struck first in the first inning, when the bases were loaded. Tom Bush, walked outfielder Brad Smith, driving Jarrod Kramer home for a 1-0 lead. However, the Raiders were able to limit the damage to just one run.
After a first inning of no production, the Raiders’ bats shined in the second. Pat Kregeloh scored first after Tyler Shover nailed a double deep to center field. Then, Shover scored after an error by first baseman Tom Richards. Another RBI hit by Jimmy Spanos padded SU’s lead. However, SU’s four-run second inning vaporized.
The fifth inning saw the beginning of a BU comeback. Ravel and Kramer set the stage for Nickolas Eversole, who hit a huge double for the Huskies, which allowed both Kramer and Ravel to score, cutting SU’s lead to just one. Eversole scored after Smith’s double deep to center field.
Things only got worse for the Raiders in the sixth. With Schroeder on third, Vince Smarrelli hit a fielder’s choice RBI. Kramer reached second after an error, and Schroeder scored to give the Huskies the lead once again, 5-4.
Shortly after, timely hitting by Meyer, Kramer, Smarrelli, Kurucz, and Eversole gave BU a solid 10-4 lead.
SU added one more run when Shover homered in the sixth, but were unable to rally for the victory.
Nick Massetti pitched the final four outs of the game, striking out two and allowing no runs.
SU will play host to West Chester this Friday.
SU’s next home game is April 7, when the Raiders host the Rams at Fairchild Field at 1 p.m. Game 2 will be at 3 p.m.