After the Shippensburg University baseball team split the first two games of a weekend series against Le Moyne College, the Raiders swept the second doubleheader on Sunday, propelling them to a 3–1 series victory over the Dolphins at Fairchild Field.
After a10-inning, one-run loss in the opener of Friday afternoon’s doubleheader, SU responded in a big way in the second game, taking an 11–5 decision over the Dolphins.
The Raiders lost the first game 2–1 after grabbing a 1–0 lead in the bottom of the first and holding it until there were two outs in the top of the seventh, when Le Moyne tied the game sending it into extras before winning the game with another run in the top of the 10th.
Senior Tom Bush fell just short of a game shutout, when he gave up the game-tying single in the seventh. Bush finished his day giving up four hits and striking out seven.
Freshman Marcus Shippey then entered in relief and got the third out with a swinging strikeout. Shippey also pitched the eighth and ninth innings, giving up a single and a walk in the eighth, then retired the next five batters.
As the tie-game continued into the 10th inning, Austin Bartley came in to pitch. After Bartley allowed a single, Le Moyne center fielder Pat Wiese doubled down the right-field line for the game-winning RBI.
In Game 2, the Raiders were backed by junior starting pitcher, Pat Kregeloh. SU answered Le Moyne with an 11–3 lead after three innings. Kregeloh drove in a game-high four runs. The versatile Kregeloh also earned the victory on the mound and now leads the team with 15 RBIs this season.
Freshman shortstop Mike Marcinko and junior center fielder Michael Douglas each had two hits, an RBI and a stolen base.
In Sunday’s Game 1 affair, Shawn Patterson started on the mound for the Raiders. The junior had a solid outing that allowed two hits and zero runs in five innings, while striking out five for his third win of the season. The Raiders won 9–¬¬¬6.
A grand slam from senior left fielder Simon Beloff was the highlight of a seven-run second inning.
After obtaining a 9¬–0 lead after two innings, the Raiders held on for the victory.
Sophomore Nick Massetti made his first career start on the mound in Game 2 and left the game after four innings with the lead. He gave up eight hits and two earned runs. Freshman Kyle McClintock came in to relieve in the sixth and earned his first career victory.
Le Moyne tied the game at 6–6 with two runs in the top of the fifth inning, but SU responded with two runs on a sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth for the 8–6 win.
Shippey closed out both wins and earned his first career save after giving up two leadoff singles. The final two outs came on strikeouts with both base runners in scoring position.