This weekend the Shippensburg University baseball team dropped its three-game series with Catawba College.
The Raiders struck first in the first inning when graduate Matt Shilling doubled to left center and allowed fellow graduates Jordan Yoder and Juju Cason to score. The runs gave the Raiders an early 3-0 lead.
In the second inning the Raiders extended their lead when freshman Carter Hinds scored off an RBI double. The hit extended the Raiders lead to 4-0.
In the fifth inning, the Raiders added another run onto their lead when senior Ben Werkheiser tripled to center field. Shilling scored on the play to extend the Raiders lead to 5-0.
In the bottom of the fifth the Indians struck back scoring three runs in the inning. The runs cut down the Raider lead to 5-3.
The Indians got a run closer in the sixth inning when Dawson Painter hit a home run. The run cut down the lead to 5-4. In the bottom of the seventh, Dylan Wilkinson hit a single to the outfield scoring one. The hit tied the game at five and sent the game to extra innings.
Neither team was able to score until the 10th inning when Cameron Mills hit a single to right field which allowed Davis to score, and the Indians defeated the Raiders 6-5 in extra innings.
On the mound for the Raiders Zegna allowed five hits and four runs in six innings of work in the first game of the series.
The Indians struck first in the second game of the series when Mills stole second on a throwing error by the Raiders. The error allowed a run to score and put the Indians on the board 1-0. In the fifth inning the Indians struck again on a Raiders defensive error as a passed ball extended the Indians lead to 2-0.
In the sixth inning, junior Justin Darden homered to right field which cut the lead down to 2-1. The Raiders were not able to tie the game and would fall to the Indians 2-1.
On the mound Kaleb Sophy allowed four hits and two runs and struck out five batters in six innings of work for the Raiders.
In the third game the Indians shut out the Raiders. The Indians got on the board in the third inning when Levi Perrell flew out to center field allowing Carlos Lara to score, making it a 1-0 lead for the Indians.
In the seventh inning Catawba added another run to their lead when Luke Spiva singled to right field scoring a run. Later in the inning Spiva scored after a field error at second base which gave the Indians a four-run lead. The Raiders were shutout in the final game 4-0.
The Raiders are back in action on Feb. 18 for a three-game series with Lenoir-Rhyne University.