Celina, Ohio – Shawnee State baseball dropped their third straight on Wednesday, falling to Wright State-Lake (Ohio) 10-7.
Shawnee State would take an early lead in the second inning. Nick Rose (SO/Olentangy, Ohio) would reach on an error to start the second inning, and would be moved to second on a single by Brady Knittel (JR/West Portsmouth, Ohio). After Rose advanced to third on a fly-out, Grant VanLiew (SR/Holt, Mich.) would drive him in with a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0.
Shawnee State would then add four more in the third inning. Three consecutive singles would load the bases for the Bears in the first inning, and two would score when Chase Thurber (SO/Andover, Ohio)'s grounder was mishandled by Ronaldo Acosta at third base. Nick Rose would drive in Sam Gerhold (JR/Shelton, Washington) with a sacrifice fly, and Thurber would score one batter later on Brady Knittel's groundout to make it 5-0.
Wright State-Lake would begin their comeback in the bottom of the fifth with two outs. Jared Knous and Acosta would hit back-to-back singles, and doubles by Dustin Lewis and Billy Lanman would drive in three runs to make it 5-3. Kyle Agius (SR/Riverview, Mich.) would then walk in a run to make the score 5-4 before Tyler Arthur (JR/Morehead, Ky.) would relieve him to record the final out.
After a scoreless sixth, Wright State would take the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Tristan Becker would score on Quintin Cantelli's double, and pinch runner Austin Quellhorst would score one batter later on Chandler Craine's single. Knous would drive in Craine with a single later in the inning, and Shawnee State pitcher Jesse James (JR/Grayson, Ky.) would hit Lewis to drive in a fourth run to make it 8-5.
Shawnee State would rally for two runs in the top of the eighth. Brandon Reaman (SR/Dayton, Ohio) would double to lead off the inning, and Matt Dvorscak (JR/Whiting, Ind.) would get him to third with a single. Thurber would then ground into a double play, but Reaman would score to make it 8-6. Nick Rose would follow that with a solo home run to make it 8-7. However, Shawnee State could muster no further runs, and two Wright State-Lake insurance runs would seal the game.
Casey Grimm would allow seven runs on seven hits in eight innings of work, with only three of the runs being earned, to get the win. Shawnee State starting pitcher Josh Eplin (SR/Streator, Ill.) would allow four runs on six hits in 4.2 innings, striking out six in the loss. Chase Ruiz would throw a perfect ninth, getting two strikeouts to earn the save.
With the loss, Shawnee State falls to 8-26 on the season. Wright State-Lake improve to 14-7 on the season.
Shawnee State baseball is back in action this weekend when they play Pikeville in a Mid-South Conference three game set. Game one of the series on Saturday is set for a 3:00pm first pitch.