Barbourville, Ky. (Baseball) – Shawnee State baseball split the final two games of a four game series against Union College. The Bears were victorious in the first matchup by a score of 9-4 and fell in the second contest by a score of 8-2 on Saturday at Jerry Carey Stadium.
SSU won the first game thanks to a strong offensive performance from Brandon Reaman (JR/Dayton, Ohio), contributing 2 RBIs and finishing the game with two hits in three at-bats. The Bears offense struggled in the second contest scoring only two runs thanks to RBIs from Andrew Vanthournout (SO/Bowling Green, Ky.) and Nick Rose (FR/Olentangy, Ohio).
The first of the two games featured heavy offensive contributions from SSU. The Bears opened the scoring in the third inning thanks to heads-up base running, scoring two runs off of wild pitches. Josh Eplin (JR/Streator, Ill.) pitched four scoreless innings to maintain Shawnee State's two run lead.
The Bears scored on another wild throw in the fifth inning stretching their lead to 3-0. Union College tried to respond, putting up a run of their own in the fifth, sending the game into extra innings, but thanks to a six run inning the Bears were able to pull away. In inning number eight the Bears had six cross the plate thanks to RBIs from Rose and Reaman. Shawnee State walked away with a 9-4 victory.
Rose opened the scoring for SSU with an RBI in the first inning. Union College responded, scoring three runs in the second and one run in the fourth inning. Union College held on to a 4-1 led mid-way through the contest.
Vanthournout took a run back in the fifth inning with an RBI single. Union College began to pull away in the final innings of this one, scoring two runs in the fifth and sixth inning, defeating Shawnee State by a final score of 8-2
SSU won three out of their last four games, bringing their record up to 3-8 early on in the season.
Shawnee State will return to action this Friday on the road against Menlo College. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Cartan Field.