After a 3–1 weekend series victory over Le Moyne College, the Shippensburg University baseball team was streaking higher and higher in the NCAA Division II polls.
That placement just got higher as SU overcame a shaky Game 1 loss and pounded Catawba College 14–4 in the nightcap, helping the Raiders soar to No. 9 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and solidify its No. 1 spot in the NCBWA Atlantic Region Poll.
Kyle McClintock was roughed up early on as the Indians (22-7) pelted him for four runs in the first two innings — three of those coming in the first inning. Julio Zubillaga and Cameron Beard provided the offense early on for the Indians as the duo singled in two of CC’s runs in the bottom of the first.
Centerfielder Ethan Satterfield added a run in the second inning when he knocked an 0–2 offering to left field, scoring Dylan Richardson.
McClintock settled down from there. The lefty allowed two hits and zero earned in the next two innings while Pat Kregeloh took advantage of shoddy defensive play by the Indians to bring the Raiders to within two in the top of the sixth.
CC kept the Raiders grounded. RBI singles by Keaton Hawks and Chris Dula gave the Indians two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. CC’s Ryan McClintock shut the door on the Raiders in the top of the seventh to preserve the victory for the Indians.
John Tuttle picked up the victory for the Indians as he scattered four hits in 5 1/3 innings, allowing two earned and walking two.
The Raiders utilized a six-run third inning and a four-run fourth inning to vault themselves over CC in the nightcap of the doubleheader as they cruised to a 14–4 victory.
Kregeloh went 2–5 with five RBIs, including two long bombs in the third and fourth inning, aiding the Raiders to the doubleheader split.
Rich Michaud picked up his first victory of the season as he went five innings, giving up five hits, four earned while striking out two. Austin Bartley pitched well in relief, scattering three hits in two scoreless innings.
SU took advantage of fielding miscues by the Indians in the third inning as Cal Hogan and Cody Ezolt both scored on a blunder by Catawaba’s shortstop Dylan Richardson. The error kept the Raiders rally going and set up Kregeloh’s two RBI blast to left field. Simon Beloff culminated the six run inning with a double to left field that scored Cody Kulp.
Kregeloh homered again in the following inning, this time brining in three RBIs that gave the Raiders the breathing room they needed.
Kulp, Shover and Jimmy Spanos brought in the rest of SU’s runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Shover finished the game 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Michael Douglas led the team with three runs scored.
The Raider are back in action Friday when it returns to PSAC action with an away doubleheader at East Stroudsburg University starting at 1 p.m. The Warriors (6–3) are coming off a doubleheader sweep against Dowling College and are winners of five of their last six games.
For a recap of the weekend series against Le Moyne click here.