PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Baseball) – Shawnee State lost two conference games to University of the Cumberlands over the weekend. The Bears finished with scores of 12-3 and 9-0 in the back-to-back games, losing each game by nine runs on Saturday at Branch Rickey Park.
SSU returned to their early-season batting struggles on Saturday after scoring 45 combined runs in the three previous games leading up to the Cumberlands doubleheader. They managed to get just three runs home in the two games, while allowing the most runs in any two consecutive games of their 2015 season (21).
In game one, Shawnee State put Derek Moore (SO/Wheelersburg, Ohio) on the mound to start. He would pitch six innings, allowing five earned runs and seven total along with his seven strikeouts. He would pick up the loss to Cumberlands' T.J. Campbell's win, who threw 7.1 innings and allowed just 3 runs on the day.
After obtaining a 3-1 lead after the first four innings, Cumberlands would extend their lead in the fifth with Jose Alonzo's 3-run shot over the left field fence. The Patriots would continue to stretch the difference with three more runs in the top of the eighth after an error allowed runners on second and third to score.
Shawnee would rally in the bottom of the eighth to score two runs. Dalton Tinsley (SR/Kokomo, Ind.) batted in Drew Haislop (SO/Oak Hill, Ohio), and Adam Turner (FR/Lansing, Mich.) hit a sacrifice fly to send Connor Wilson home. However, the effort wasn't enough, as the Bears wouldn't score any in the 9th as the final read 12-3.
The Bears managed 12 hits in the contest, but struggled to drive in the runners.
The second game was more of the same as SSU managed just three hits and no runs to show for it. Mike Watson (FR/Niles, Ohio) would get his first loss on the season after pitching just 2.2 innings and allowing six earned runs with three walks. Donovan Feenstra would get the win for the Patriots, earning his fourth win on the season after a scoreless performance in the complete game.
All nine runs were scored in the first four innings of the game by the Cumberlands. They were helped by Shawnee's pitching staff with eight walks. Mauro Olivarria (JR/San Diego, Calif.) had the lone strong performance with the bat for the Bears, as he got two hits in his two appearances at the plate.
Shawnee State will return to action on Thursday, traveling to take on West Virginia Tech Institute of Technology in East Bank, West Virginia.