Senior Ben Werkeiser had two hits in the Shippensburg University baseball team's 7-6 loss to Pitt-Johnstown. SHIPPENSBURG UNIVERSITY

Shippensburg University baseball team drops road game to Pitt-Johnstown

ALTOONA — The Shippensburg University baseball team lost 7-6 to Pitt-Johnstown on Tuesday in a conference crossover game at Point Stadium.

Shippensburg (15-20) rallied from a 5-1 deficit after two innings to take a 6-5 lead, but a two-run home run in the seventh by Colin Pasone proved to be the difference for Pitt-Johnstown (15-15-1).

Junior Justin Darden (Mountain Top/Crestwood) had three of SU’s 10 hits in the game, including RBI-singles in each of his first two at-bats. Darden also hit a ball that nearly left the park with two outs in the ninth inning but failed to clear the high wall in left field, and he was thrown out between first and second base to end the game.

Redshirt sophomore Justin Byler (Lititz/Warwick (Delaware/Louisburg)) had two hits, including a double and an RBI-single in the fifth that tied the game at 5-5. Byler also scored twice.

Senior Ben Werkheiser (Doylestown/Germantown Academy (Delaware)) was 2-for-5. Sophomore Joe Barbera (Harrisburg/Bishop McDevitt) hit an RBI-single in the fourth, and sophomore Morgan Wyatt (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin (Radford)) drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth that gave the Raiders a 6-5 lead.

Graduate JuJu Cason (East Arcadia, N.C./North Brunswick (Belmont Abbey)) singled, walked, and stole a base.

Sophomore Ethan Miller (Greencastle/Greencastle-Antrim) got the start and went five innings, allowing five runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts. After some early struggled, Miller faced the minimum nine batters over his final three innings of work.

Redshirt freshman Brock Piper (Newville/Big Spring (George Mason)) worked 1.2 innings and was tagged with the loss. After a 1-2-3 sixth, Piper yielded the two-run home run to Pasone in the seventh. It was the only hit allowed by Piper, who walked two and struck out two.

Shippensburg will travel to Kutztown on Friday for a 2 p.m. conference clash with the Golden Bears

Penn State Mont Alto baseball team sweeps Penn State New Kensington

MONT ALTO — The Penn State Mont Alto baseball teamran its current winning streak to four with doubleheader wins of 5-4 and  over Penn State New Kensington earlier this week.

New Kensington put up three runs in the first inning, then pulled ahead 4-1 in the second inning on an Tallon Auth solo home run.

The Penn State Mont Alto comeback effort started in the fifth inning when Jared Pine (Mercersburg/James Buchanan) scored Brady Bigler (St. Thomas/James Buchanan) on a sacrifice fly. Pinch-hitter Collin Beech (Lititz/Warwick) scored Caiden Smith (Hagerstown, Md./Greencastle-Antrim) on a bases-loaded walk. Gavin Kissel (Chambersburg/Chambersburg Area) later scored the tying run on a wild pitch, tying the game at 4-4.

Jonathan Lentvorsky (Shermans Dale/West Perry) provided the walk-off with an RBI single, scoring Tyler Moreland (Falling Waters, W.Va./Spring Mills) . Hayden Kissel (Chambersburg/Chambersburg Area) and Zane Mack (Mount Airy, Md./Linganore) each had a team-high two hits in the opening game. Matt Huston (McConnellsburg/McConnellsburg) went the distance on the mound, striking out eight and scattering five hits.

Mont Alto carried the game one momentum into the second game, scoring eight runs on six hits.

Zach Garlin (Newville/Big Spring) pitched six strong innings, fanning nine New Kensington hitters. Jarrett Goodyear (Newville/Big Spring) provided the early offense, scoring Jared Pine on a RBI single in the first.

Mont Alto scored four runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-0 advantage. Pine hit a double to right center, scoring Brady Cullen (Harrisburg/Central Dauphin) and Dan Brundage  (Milroy/Homeschooled) to take a 3-0 lead.

Kissel recorded a sacrifice fly to push the lead to four. Michael Scott (Accokeek, Md./Bishop McNamara)  finished out the fifth by scoring Pine on a RBI single. Penn State Mont Alto went on to add three more runs in the sixth inning. Pine and Scott each had a team-high two hits. Hayden Kissel registered two RBI’s.

Shepherd baseball team splits doubleheader with No. 16 West Chester

ASTON – Shepherd University (12-13-1, 7-7-1 PSAC East) split with 16th-ranked West Chester (18-8, 7-5 PSAC East) in an away PSAC East doubleheader Monday afternoon. Shepherd posted a 5-2 victory in game one, but West Chester took the nightcap with a 15-6 win.

The Rams took a 3-0 lead in the second inning in game one with RBI singles from sophomore designated player Peyton Mason (Knoxville, Md./Boonsboro/Wilson College) and senior outfielder Tommy Gibson (Sicklerville, NJ/Williamstown/Penn State/Rowan) keying the rally.

Shepherd added a run in the fourth on a solo homer by Mason.

The Rams took a 5-0 lead in the fifth as junior outfielder Cole Daugherty (Red Lion./Red Lion) singled and later scored on a single by junior first baseman Ross Mulhall (Morgantown, W.Va./University/Gardner-Webb).

The Golden Rams plated a pair of runs in the sixth on RBI-singles by Joe Kaleck and Luke Cantwell.

Mason and Mulhall each had a pair of hits to lead a nine-hit attack for the Rams.

Graduate student pitcher Ryan Bywaters (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg/Radford) (7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 9 K, 0 BB) (1-0) earned the complete game win for the Rams. Joe Sperone (4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 5 K, 1 BB) (4-1) took the loss for the Golden Rams.

The Golden Rams used an 18-hit effort in the nightcap win.

Mason had a three-run homer and Mulhall added a solo blast to pace the Rams. Junior third baseman Ryan Haddaway (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) and Mulhall each collected three hits for the Rams.

Kyle Lazer (4.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 K, 0 BB) (2-0) gained the win for the Golden Rams. Redshirt senior pitcher Nick Trabacchi (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West/UMBC) (4.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 K, 2 BB) (2-5) took the loss for the Rams.

The Rams return to action on Friday when they travel to Millersville for a 2 p.m. game.

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