BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Baseball) – The Shawnee State baseball team collected just a pair of hits and were unable to push a run across, as the Bears were defeated, 7-0, at the hands of the University of Pikeville in an elimination game on Friday afternoon at Bowling Green Ballpark.
SSU was unable to get anything going offensively, as UPIKE starter, Josh Bailey, went seven frames and surrendered just one hit to go with five walks. The Pikeville hurler earned the victory in the contest, his second of the season.
Shawnee State starter Mike Watson (FR/Niles, Ohio) was pitted with the loss, allowing six earned runs on five hits, two walks and seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Brandon Bonar (JR/Chillicothe, Ohio) pitched the final 2.2 frames, allowing one unearned run on four hits.
Pikeville got on the board first in the fourth inning, when Jacob DiThomas opened the frame with a leadoff single. Following a sacrifice bunt, Cody Chagnon singled to center to give the eighth-seeded Bears the lead. After a stolen base from pinch runner Scottie Whitaker, Nicolas Gonzales singled to right-center to bring home another run.
The score remained at 2-0 until the seventh, when UPIKE put the game away with a four-spot. The big knock came with the bases loaded and one run already across. Eric Tucker launched a double down the left field line with two away, clearing the bases and extending the Pikeville lead to sixth.
UPIKE would add one more run in the top of the ninth for good measure, as DiThomas singled home Eric Tucker to bring the score to its final, 7-0.
Mauro Olivarria (JR/San Diego, Calif.) and Matt Dvorscak (FR/Whiting, Ind.) collected the only two hits for Shawnee State in the contest, the first coming in the fourth inning. The single from Olivarria put runners on the corners, but a double play – ending with Conner Wilson (JR/San Diego, Calif.) being tagged out trying to score on a potential sacrifice fly – put an end to the threat.
The Dvorscak single came in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases before UPIKE reliever Logan Sales earned a strikeout to put the game away.
The loss ends the season for Shawnee State, which ends the year with an 18-29 mark. The game also marks the ends of the careers of a pair of seniors, Mason Wisner (SR/Bay Village, Ohio) and Dalton Tinsley (SR/Kokomo, Ind.).