Shippensburg University’s baseball team swept the Lock Haven Bald Eagles this weekend to extend its winning streak to six games.
SU (11-17, 8-4 PSAC) opened up the series on Friday with a lopsided 22-2 win behind a 21-hit outing. The Raiders scored their most runs in a game in five years.
Junior Justin Darden and senior Ben Werkheiser each hit two home runs and batted in six runners.
Darden hit a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth and hit a two-run bomb in the seventh, with both homers coming off the first pitch of the at-bat.
Werkheiser smashed two three-run homers in back-to-back innings in the fifth and the sixth.
Fellow sophomores Joe Barbera and Andrew Chronister each went 3-4 with two runs scored, with Barbera adding two RBIs. Graduate Juju Cason had three RBIs.
Junior Lake Lloyd and redshirt-sophomore Justin Byler each had two hits, an RBI and a two runs scored.
Redshirt-junior Nick Zegna picked up the win and improved to 4-3 on the season after allowing just one run on seven hits in seven innings. Zegna had four strikeouts.
Redshirt-freshman Brock Piper finished the game on the mound with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
On Saturday, the Raiders squared off with Lock Haven in a doubleheader and won both games to complete the series sweep.
LHU took an early lead in the second inning of Game One on a fielder’s choice but it would be the only run the Bald Eagles scored in the contest.
Junior Noah Nabholz threw a complete game allowing just three hits and a walk on just 76 pitches.
SU scored three runs each in the fifth and sixth innings to take control of the game. Freshman Carter Hinds got it started with an RBI-single in the fifth, followed by a two-run double by Werkheiser.
Lloyd hit a bases-clearing three-run double in the sixth inning to make it 6-1, which was the final score of Game One.
In Game Two, the Raiders trailed most of the way and did not score until the seventh inning of the game. Lloyd got the scoring started with an RBI-single after a Cason triple.
SU tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the eighth inning after an RBI-double by graduate Matt Shilling and an RBI-single by redshirt-sophomore Justin Byler.
The Bald Eagles would respond though with a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to give them a 5-3 lead.
The Raiders would then score six runs in the top of the ninth to secure the come from behind victory 9-5.
Chronister smacked a two-run double to tie the game at 5-5 followed by an RBI-single by Cason and an RBI-double from Lloyd.
Byler put an exclamation point on the ninth inning rally with a no-doubt two-run home run to cap the scoring.
Sophomore Jackson Lobianco got the win on the mound after throwing two innings, allowing two runs on three hits.
The Raiders will return to the field on Wednesday for a game against Frostburg State at Fairchild Field at 3 p.m.