The Shippensburg University baseball team rallied late, but could not overcome a six-run deficit in its matchup with non-conference opponent Shepherd University, losing 6-4.
Through six innings, it appeared Shepherd had the game well in hand, as it built itself a 6-0 lead. Shippensburg’s bats came alive in the top of the seventh inning, though, and headed into the final frame, it had brought itself within three.
Shippensburg came to bat in the ninth with the score now 6-3. Its first two batters, Jack Goertzen and Cash Gladfelter, both reached base, but the ensuing two batters both created outs. With one out left to spare, Dalton Hoiles came to bat and ripped a single to score Gladfelter from second. Now down just two, the Raiders hopes were left on Nick Spangler. Spangler worked the count, but ultimately struck out looking.
Shippensburg matched Shepherd’s total of 12 hits in the game, but could not cash in in some key situations. Sophomores Hoiles, Grant Hoover and Spangler combined for seven of those hits.
Both Shippensburg and Shepherd stranded 10 runners in yesterday’s game, but Shippensburg’s four errors proved to be the difference.
Senior Seth LeFever’s loss is his first decision on the year. He gave up three runs in three innings of work.
Senior Kyle McClintock had a scoreless outing in 3.2 innings of work.
Shippensburg will face East Stroudsburg in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference doubleheader this Friday at 1 p.m. at Fairchild Field.