PIKEVILLE, Ky. (Baseball) – Adam Turner (FR/Lansing, Mich.)'s grand slam in the seventh inning of the third and final game of the weekend versus the University of Pikeville lifted the Shawnee State baseball team to a 5-1 victory over the home squad, to complete a three-game sweep of UPike in Mid-South Conference play at Johnnie LeMaster Field.
Shawnee State opened with a 9-5 victory over Pikeville in the opening game of the doubleheader, scoring seven runs in the final three innings of the victory.
Trailing 3-2 through six innings, Connor Wilson tied the contest quickly with an RBI double to plate Blake Maines (SO/Burlington, Ky.), who led off the seventh with a walk. Mauro Olivarria (JR/San Diego, Calif.) followed with a single, and scored on an error a few batters later. JT Boggs (FR/South Shore, Ky.) completed the inning with a double of his own to plate Mason Wisner (SR/Bay Village, Ohio) and Drew Haislop (SO/Oak Hill, Ohio).
The Bears played add-on in the ninth, scoring three more runs to make it 9-3. Wisner opened the frame with a single and, with two outs, Boggs doubled again to score a run. Following an HBP to Turner, Mike Watson (FR/Niles, Ohio) doubled to score two more and send SSU way ahead.
UPike managed a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame, but back-to-back fly ball outs put the game away for reliever Jacob Waters (JR/DeWitt, Mich.), who earned his third save of the season. Brandon Bonar (JR/Chillicothe, Ohio) grabbed the victory in four innings of relief, allowing just three hits and no runs while striking out four.
Game two was much quieter offensively, as neither team scored in the opening three frames. UPike got on the board first when – after a leadoff single and two stolen bases from Josh Bailey – Cody Chagnon lifted a sacrifice fly to left.
The Bears responded immediately when Wisner blasted a homer to lead off the fifth inning. A scoreless sixth set up the final inning heroics from Turner.
Olivarria began the frame with a one-out double and Wisner walked to put runners on first and second. An error allowed Dalton Tinsley (SR/Kokomo, Ind.) to load the bases with one away with Turner coming to the plate. The freshman blasted the ball over the fence to knock in all four.
SSU starter Mike Watson worked through a leadoff single in the seventh to put the game away, 5-1. Watson went seven complete, allowing just the one earned run on four hits. The freshman struck out a pair and walked just one to earn the first victory of his college career.
The Bears are back in action in non-conference play versus Bluefield College on Tuesday for a twinbill set for 4 p.m. SSU returns home for a single game with West Virginia Tech on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.