CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (Baseball) – Shawnee State was unable to dig itself out of an early hole in game one, and surrendered a final at-bat, walk-off single in game two, falling, 6-4 and 2-1, respectively, as Campbellsville University completed the three-game sweep of the Bears in Mid-South Conference action on Sunday at HIG Field.
Conner Wilson (SR/San Diego, Calif.) continued his hot hitting for the Bears, going 4-for-7 on the day with a pair of RBIs and a run scored, and SSU got a solid outing from starter Brady Knittel (SO/West Portsmouth, Ohio) in the final game of the series, going 7.1 frames, surrendering just one earned run on three hits while striking out four.
The Bears surrendered four runs in the third inning to chase SSU starter Josh Eplin (JR/Streator, Ill.) from the game after just two and a third, but Clay Tefft (SO/Wauseon, Ohio) came on to finish the contest, going 5.1 while allowing just two runs on six hits and six strikeouts.
Following a two-run fifth from the Tigers to extend the lead to 6-0, the two squads went scoreless over the sixth and seventh frames.
Shawnee State got its first runs of the weekend in the eighth, as Andrew Dito (JR/Loraine, Ohio) singled to center with one away to get the inning started. With two outs, Nick Rose (FR/Olentangy, Ohio) laced a double to right to plate a run, and Wilson doubled to right, as well, plating one more run.
The Bears added two more in the ninth, all with two away. With runners on first and second, Austin Hall (SR/Wheelersburg, Ohio) doubled to right, bringing home Mitchell Lendenski (SR/Loveland, Ohio) and Matt Dvorscak (SO/Whiting, Ind.). With the tying run at the plate, CU pitcher Irvin Ruiz got a strikeout to bring the game to a close.
Eplin took the loss for the Bears, while Campbellsville starter, Mario Morales, grabbed his sixth win of the season, going eight innings, scattering eight hits and a pair of earned runs, while striking out 10.
Seven innings was not enough in the final game of the series, as it would be a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth which lifted Campbellsville to the three game sweep.
The Bears got an impressive start from Knittel, who allowed just one run on three hits and four walks. CU starter Nick Morehead was just as effective, going six innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits.
Campbellsville struck first in the fifth inning, when – with two outs – the Tigers got a walk, a double and an RBI single by Nestor Linares to plate Romello Carbuccia and make it 1-0 after five.
Shawnee State responded back immediately, as Freeman reached on an error with one away and stole a base. It was a Wilsons single which brought Freeman home to even the score at one apiece.
The score remained, 1-1, through the seventh and CU reliever Jake Pannunzio worked around a free pass to Wilson in the eighth to set up the final at-bat. An error allowed the leadoff hitter Linares to reach, and Casey Scott moved the runner over with a sac bunt. One batter later, following an intentional walk, Cody Erickson delivered the final blow, a single to center field to bring the game to a close.
Shawnee State returns to action Tuesday for a mid-week, non-conference doubleheader with Mounter Vernon Nazarene on the road on Tuesday. Game one first pitch is slated for 1 p.m.