RELEASE DATE: 5/13/10
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Mounties fall
short in eight inning as they fall to West
Chester in opening round of the NCAA
Atlantic Region Playoffs
– Second-seeded West Chester took advantage
of fifth-seeded Mansfield’s mistakes early
to win 9-6 in the first round of the NCAA
Atlantic Regional on Thursday afternoon at
Owls Field at Ted Palka Park.
The Golden Rams (37-12 overall) drew six
walks and had three batters who were hit by
pitches against Bernard Johnson.
Mansfield (32-19) had a runner thrown out
trying to advance a base in the fourth,
fifth and sixth innings and hit into two
double plays. Three of the Golden Rams’
first four runs were scored on bases loaded
walks and one crossed on a sacrifice fly to
left by Kevin McGrath.
Nick Spisak, who was plunked twice in the
first three innings, put the first run
across in the third inning after being hit
in the head.
Mansfield finally got to pitcher Jordan
Lehman in the sixth inning after he cruised
through the first five innings allowing one
hit. The Mounties had five straight hits to
score three runs.
doubled and came around to score on a single
to left by Matt Hamilton.
Matt Miller added an RBI double
and came around to score on a single up the
middle by Mike Hartz, which
cut West Chester’s advantage to 4-3.
Lehman finished the game with four
strikeouts and five earned runs in 8.1
innings to pick up the win.
The West Chester bats came to life in with a
home run by Joe Wendle in the sixth and a
four run eighth inning. Spisak drove a 1-1
pitch well over the left fielders head to
drive in McGrath and Christian Cox.
Mansfield ‘s comeback bid came up just short
in the ninth inning. Jenkins was beamed by a
fastball to plate one runner and chase
Lehman from the game. With bases loaded,
Jon Taddeo had a two-run double to
center off of Joe Opalka. After that Opalka
got a strikeout looking and groundout to
second to end the game and pick up the save.
Mansfield’s Chris Coleman
extended his hitting streak to 25 games.
The winner between Seton Hill and West
Virginia State will take on West Chester at
6 p.m. on Saturday night, while the loser of
California and Kutztown will play Mansfield
at 11 a.m. in an elimination contest.
West Chester 9 Mansfield 6
Mansfield 000 003
003 6 10 0
West Chester 002 111
04X 9 11 1
Mansfield (32-18): Bernard Johnson (L, 6-4)
and Glen Jenkins
2b – Kevin Miller, Glen Jenkins, Jon Taddeo
RBI – Taddeo (2), Jenkins, K. Miller, Matt
Hamilton, Mike Hartz
West Chester (37-12): Jordan Lehman (W,
7-0), Save: Joe Opalka (9) and Bob Stumpo
2b – Nick Spisak, Josh Heyne 3b – Matt
Baer HR – Joe Wendle
RBI – Spisak (3), Kyle Orensky (2), Kevin
McGrath, Wendle, Baer, Brandon Wolfe