ATHERTON, Ca. (Baseball) – Shawnee State fell in back-to-back contests against Menlo College by scores of 17-4 and 6-1 on Saturday at Cartan Field. The Bears opened the weekend with a win, but were unable to grab a win in the final two games of the series.
Menlo scored a total of 14 runs in the opening two frames of both games to get ahead early and coast to a pair of victories.
The Bears fell behind early in this contest; Menlo College scored 12 runs in the first inning. SSU tried to cut into the deficit by scoring two runs in the second inning off of RBI singles from Matt Dvorscak (SO/Whiting, Ind.) and Zachariah Freeman (JR/Richmond, Texas). The Bears were able to score another run in the top of the third thanks to an RBI single from Connor Wilson, following a Mitchell Lendenski (SR/Loveland, Ohio) triple. Shawnee State held Menlo scoreless in the bottom of the third.
Menlo College scored two runs in the fourth inning and added another three in the seventh inning. The Bears offense went cold, until Austin Hall (SR/Wheelersburg, Ohio)'s RBI single in inning number eight put Shawnee State on the board again. The late offensive push was not enough, as SSU fell by a final score of 17-4 in the first game of the doubleheader.
The hosting Menlo College scored early in this one, pushing a run across in the first and second inning. The Bears were held scoreless through the first three innings, but Zachariah Freeman rallied late in the third with a double down the right field line. SSU was unable to push the run across.
Menlo scored four runs in the fifth inning stretching their lead to 6-0. Shawnee State was able to put a run on the board in the seventh inning thanks to an RBI from Connor Kindred (FR/Elizabethtown, Ky.). The Bears fell by a final score of 6-1.
Brady Knittel (SO/West Portsmouth, Ohio) was charged with the loss in the contest, going four innings and allowing two runs on four hits and one walk, while striking out five. Brandon Bonar (SR/Chillicothe, Ohio) added 1.2 innings of hitless relief work, striking out one and allowing no runs.
Shawnee State will return home this Friday, competing against Indiana Tech in the Al Oliver Classic. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at Branch Rickey Park.