Hitting was infectious on Sunday afternoon as the Shippensburg University baseball team combined for 18 hits in an 11–7 victory in the final game of a three–game sweep of Concord University at Fairchild Field.
Pat Kregeloh, Jimmy Spanos and Tyler Shover led the team with two RBIs apiece as the Raiders used a four-run fourth inning and a five-run fifth inning to break away from the Mountain Lions. Shawn Patterson pitched efficiently in 6 1/3 innings to garner his second victory of the year.
The four-run fourth inning ignited a 6–3 advantage for the Raiders. Mike Marcinko got the ball rolling for the Raiders as he connected on a first pitch breaking ball to plate Cal Hogan. Spanos and Shover continued the hit parade as both came through with clutch singles, capping off the inning.
Cody Kulp’s single and a Michael Douglas sacrifice bunt aided the Raiders in a three-run fifth inning to build a commanding 9–3 advantage. Kregeloh hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to hand the Raiders a 10–3 lead heading into the seventh.
The Mountain Lions finally figured out Patterson in the seventh inning. CU combined for four hits in the inning and took advantage of a fatigued Patterson to put up four runs and bring the team within two. Shover quelled the rally by throwing out a would-be base-stealer to end the inning and push the momentum back in SU’s favor.
The Raiders struck back in the eighth inning as Kregeloh culminated SU’s scoring with a towering drive to left field that ricocheted off the foul pole for his second dinger of the year.
Kregeloh continued his impressive performance going 3–4 from the plate, knocking in two. Throughout the weekend sweep of CU, Kregeloh went 7–10 from the dish, had two RBI’s and tossed six innings to pick up his third win of the season.
Austin Bartley, Nick Massetti and Marcus Shippey all pitched well in relief allowing only two hits and zero earned runs. Shippey forced all three CU batters to ground-out to end the game.
Kulp finished the game 2–5 with one RBI.
The Raiders (7–1) will open up PSAC play when they host Slippery Rock University next Saturday for a twin bill starting at 12:30 p.m.