RELEASE DATE: 4/23/10
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Mansfield splits with East Stroudsburg to earn No. 3 seed in PSAC East – Jenkins and Taddeo deliver two-out, two-run singles in top of seventh in opener win
EAST STROUDSBURG – Glen Jenkins and Jon Taddeo each delivered back-to-back two –run, two-out singles as Mansfield rallied for six runs in the top of the seventh—five of them coming with two outs -- to stun East Stroudsburg 6-5 in the opening game of a regular season-ending doubleheader at East Stroudsburg Mitterling Field Saturday
The win clinched the No. 3 seed from the PSAC East in the upcoming PSAC Championship Tournament.
Mansfield dropped the nightcap in an almost equally exciting 5-4 game which allowed East Stroudsburg to claim the final playoff spot from the PSAC East.
In the opener, East Stroudsburg ace Christian Saveri was almost unhittable over the first six innings allowing just a leadoff double to Matt Hamilton in the fourth. Trailing 5-0 going into their final at-bat, Mansfield got a leadoff single from Kevin Miller who advanced to second on a ground out by Mike Hartz. A single by Chris Coleman moved Miller to third and Lance Ratchford came in to run for Coleman.
Dan Chevalier singled in Miller to break up the shutout with Ratchford moving to second. Seth Tressler struck out swinging for the second out of the inning with both Chevalier and Ratchford moving up a base. Dylan Woodworth then walked to load the bases before Jenkins singled to drive in Chevalier and Ratchford.
With Woodworth on third, Jenkins stole second b before Taddeo singled to drive in both runners and give Mansfield a 6-5 lead. Colin Kelly replaced Saveri and got Hamilton to fly out to center to end the inning.
Bernard Johnson entered the game for Mansfield in the bottom of the seventh taking over on the mound from Zach Ullrich who had relieved Mansfield starter Bryan Wilde in the fourth. Ullrich had held East Stroudsburg to no runs and just two hits over 2.1 innings before giving way to Johnson.
Johnson got Jake Griesemer to fly out to right for the first out of the inning and the got Evan Cain and Zak Tupper to pop up to earn his fourth save of the season.
Hamilton was the only Mountaineer to have more than one hit going 2-4 with a double. Ullrich picked up the win to improve to 4-0 on the season.
In the nightcap, East Stroudsburg jumped on Mansfield starter Andy Young for three runs in the first, two coming on a Jason Kelmer home run, and added another run in the second.
Mansfield got a run in the third when Jenkins led off the inning with a double and later scored and got two more in the fourth on another double by Jenkins to pull to 4-3. The Mountaineers tied the game in the fifth when Kevin Miller singled and stole second before advancing on a throwing error and then scoring on a ground ball by Hartz.
East Stroudsburg retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth on a run scoring double by Carey Zimmerman and Brian Earnst retired the Mountaineers in order in the top of the seventh to preserve the win and earn East Stroudsburg the final playoff spot.
Jenkins went 2-2 with two doubles and two RBI for Mansfield with Kevin Miller and Tressler each getting two hits. Chris Coleman singled in both games to extend his hitting streak to 22 games.
Mansfield now advances to the PSAC playoffs in Johnstown this week when the Mountaineers will play California at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday in the tournament’s opening game at Point Park.
West Chester is the No. 1 seed from the East followed by Kutztown, Mansfield and East Stroudsburg. IUP won the PSAC West with California finishing second, Mercyhurst third and Slippery Rock fourth.
Mansfield finishes the regular season with a 32-16 overall record, the Mountaineers most wins since posting a 41-14 mark in 2002.
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Mansfield (32-15, 13-1- PSAC East):
Bryan Wilde, Zach Ullrich (4) (W, 4-0), Bernard Johnson (7) (S-4) and Glen
East Stroudsburg (25-18, 10-13 PSAC
East): Christian Saveri (L, 4-4), Colin Kelly (7) and Nico Delerme
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Mansfield (32-16, 13-11 PSAC East): Andy
Young, Joel Worthington (L, 2-3) and Glen Jenkins
East Stroudsburg (26-18, 11-13 PSAC
East): Ryan Beck, Colin Kelly (6) (W, 4-3), Brian Earnst (7) (S-1) and Brendan