RELEASE DATE: 4/24/07
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Mounties Sweep Lock Haven at Shaute
MANSFIELD – The Mountaineers rallied for a four run seventh inning to steal a win away from Lock Haven in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon before cruising to the sweep with a 11-4 win in the nightcap.
Mansfield head coach Harry Hillson decided to toy with the lineup entering game one allowing his "younger guys," as he said, a chance to play. The lineup consisted of all underclassmen with the exception of senior Nick Grove who started on the mound for the Mountaineers.
Lock Haven got on the board first in the top of the second inning with just one run before opening the game up in the third inning with three runs to take a 4-0 lead.
Mansfield responded in the bottom of the third getting one run back but could not garner any more run production until the bottom of the seventh inning.
Trailing 4-1 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, the Mountaineers rallied, taking advantage of a crucial Lock Haven error to tie the game at 4-4. Nate Grove stepped to the plate and ripped the game winning liner into right-center field as Chris Miller trotted in to seal the 5-4 victory.
Freshman Zach Ullrich entered the game in relief of Grove in the top of the seventh inning and picked up his first collegiate victory on the mound after throwing a hitless seventh inning. Grove went six innings allowing three earned runs on just four hits.
Nate Grove was 2-of-4 with an RBI while Chris Miller recorded two RBI in the first contest.
Game two would prove to be all Mountaineers after the first inning.
A scoreless first gave way to a four run Mountaineer second inning which Mansfield followed with four more runs in the third inning to take a 8-0 lead into the fourth inning.
Errors continued to plague the Bald Eagles who allowed two more runs in the fourth inning to trail 10-0. Lock Haven would add four runs in the fifth inning before Ullrich entered the game again and shut down the Bald Eagle charge.
The Mountaineers scored 11 runs in the contest, only five of which were earned as the Bald Eagles committed four errors.
Freshman Shane Ryan picked up his second win of the season on the mound after allowing four runs on six hits. Zach Ullrich took over in the fifth inning and allowed no runs on two hits to close out the contest.
Drew Bair, a first year Mountaineer, picked up his first hits in a Mansfield uniform as he led the team in game two going 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBI and a run scored. Ryan Giblin was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored while Lance Miller brought in three runners on 1-of-3 at the plate. Ryan Wyland recorded the other Mountie RBI.
With the sweep, Lock Haven becomes the first PSAC team Mansfield has taken all four contests from this season as the Mountaineers improve to 16-18 overall.
Playoff hopes are still alive for the Mountaineers who will have to take at least two games from the second ranked team in the Nation when they square off against Kutztown at home on Friday and on the road at Kutztown on Saturday. The Mountaineers will also need help by East Stroudsburg losing games against West Chester.
Mansfield is back in action on Friday for a doubleheader with Kutztown at Shaute Field. Game one is scheduled for 1:00 pm.
Lock Haven 013 000 0 4-4-2
Mansfield 001 000 4 5-7-3
Lock Haven (11-24): Eric Christensen, Justin Miller (7) (L, 0-5), Derek Fisher and Travis Ruane.
2b – Strouse, Sharrar RBI – Sharrar-2, Petro
Mansfield (15-18): Nick Grove, Zach Ullrich (7) (W, 1-1) and Justin Baer, Scott Erickson (7)
RBI - Chris Miller-2, Nate Grove, Chris Coleman
Lock Haven 000 040 0 4-8-4
Mansfield 044 201 x 11-8-2
Lock Haven (11-25): Karstetter (L, 1-3), Jon Miller (3), Derek Fisher (4) and Smith.
2b – Smith RBI – Barmecky-2, Petro, Palko
Mansfield (16-18): Shane Ryan (W, 2-2), Zach Ullrich (5) and Scott Erickson
2b – Drew Bair RBI - Drew Bair-3, Lance Miller-3, Ryan Giblin-2, Ryan Wyland