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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Mansfield baseball wraps up Florida trip with split against Pitt-Johnstown – Mounties score four in the seventh and hang on to win nightcap 9-8

FT. PIERCE, FL – Tony Battisti drove in what proved to be the winning run with a single in the seventh inning to help Mansfield to a 9-8 win over Pitt-Johnstown in the second game of a doubleheader in Ft. Pierce Sunday morning.

Mansfield lost the opener 5-1.

Chris Zelko started and went 6 2/3 innings to pick up the win in the nightcap improving his record to 2-0 on the season.

Mansfield scored four runs in the top of the seventh on a two-run single by Cody Stinger, and run scoring singles by Chris Coleman and Battisti to give the Mountaineers a 9-2 lead.

Pitt-Johnstown rallied scoring two runs and had the bases loaded with two outs when Eric Rosenberger came in relief. UPJ’s Matt Hanley hit a grand slam to close the gap to 9-8 but Rosenberger struck out the next batter looking to end the game.

In the opener, Justin Garcia started and took the loss. Battisti, Coleman and Matt Young all went 2-3 to lead the Mansfield offense with Mike Hartz adding a double.

Mansfield is now 7-12 on the and went  6-9 in 15 games in Florida.

The Mountaineers are scheduled to host Clarion in their home opener this Friday afternoon starting at noon.


Game One

UPJ                        100         003         1              5-7-2
Mansfield               000         100         0              1-7-1

UPJ (6-1):  Ben Watkins (W, 2-0), Eric Faint (6) and Justin Demek
2b – Matt Petrowsky, Matt Staub
RBI – Staub 2, Josh Campanella, Dan Mangini, Matt Hanley

Mansfield (6-12): Justin Garcia (L, 0-4), Trevor Tellip (6), Andy Young (7) and Tony Battisti
2b – Mike Hartz                               

Game Two

Mansfield               000         041         4              9-14-3
UPJ                        000         020         6              8-4-2

Mansfield (7-12): Chris Zelko (W, 2-0), Eric Rosenberger (7) and Battisti
2b – Chris Coleman, Cody Stinger
RBI – Stinger 2, Chris Miller 2, Kevin Miller, Jared Johnson, Nate Grove, Battisti, Matt Young

UPJ (6-2): Kaleb Fleck (L), Mike Jewart (6), Ben Doak (7) and Demek
HR – Matt Hanley            
RBI – Hanley 4, Demek


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