PORTSMOUTH – Baseball scored in all but one inning to route Ohio University-Lancaster in its home finale Wednesday evening. The Bears (31-21) scored 15 times in total, while conceding just a pair of runs in the eighth inning. Shawnee State will now close out the regular season on the road this weekend with a weekend business trip to St. Catharine.
Four different players each recorded two hits for the Bears as Brandon Blackwelder (JR/Cantonment, Fla.), Devon Palmer (FR/Thornville, Ohio), Blake Maines (FR/Burlington, Ky.) and Ryan Queener (SR/Mentor, Ohio) each finished their final home games of 2014 with multi-hit performances. In total, 10 different SSU players would finish with a hit in the contest as the Bears totaled 14 base knocks for the game.
On the mound, Nolan Potter (JR/Kalamazoo, Mich.) improved to 2-0 on the year with five innings of one-hit baseball. Ryan Valentine (JR/Springboro, Ohio) came on in relief of him and went two innings while not allowing a hit. Bryan Sharkey (SR/Bedford, Ohio) and Mason Wisner (JR/Bay Village, Ohio) then finished the game with the eighth and ninth innings. In total, the Bears allowed just three hits for the game and struck out eight total batters.
Four different Shawnee State players also finished the game with multiple runs driven in. Mitchell Lendenski (SO/Loveland, Ohio) drove in two runs in the fifth inning and scored two more times over the course of the game. Maines also drove in a run on each of his hits, while Queener also added two RBI. Nolan West (SO/Olivehurst, Calif.) finished with a game-high three RBI as he drilled a bases clearing double in the seventh. Wisner scored three runs for the Bears on the evening, while Brady Hightchew (SO/Newport, Ky.) and Palmer also finished with two runs scored each.
Three different times in Wednesday's game the Bears scored three runs in an inning. After scoring in the top of the first, the Bears were held silent in the second inning. However, leading 1-0 after two full frames, Shawnee State scored three times in the third, fifth and seventh innings. It also dented the scoreboard in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings.
With the non-conference schedule behind them, the Bears will now close out the regular season this weekend at St. Catharine. Shawnee State is currently tied for second place with Cumberland University heading into the final weekend of the regular season.