Bowling Green, Ky. – Shawnee State baseball ended their season on Sunday afternoon, falling to Cumberlands (Ky.) 8-1 in game two and 7-1 in game three of the Mid-South Conference Tournament Opening Round.
The Bears would start game two off well, scoring a run in the top of the first. Brandon Reaman (SR/Dayton, Ohio) would lead off the inning with a single, followed by back-to-back walks from JT Boggs (JR/South Shore, Ky.) and Chase Thurber (SO/Andover, Ohio) to load the bases with nobody out. Nick Rose (SO/Olentangy, Ohio) would drive in SSU's lone run with an RBI single, scoring Reaman. However, Shawnee State would strand the bases loaded to only come away with a single run.
Cumberlands would respond with a run in the bottom of the first. Kevin Pantoja would hit an infield single to lead off the inning, and would get to third base on Tyler Straley (JR/Uniontown, Ohio)'s wild throw. After Jesse Reyes was hit by a pitch, Reed Spata would ground into a double play to drive in Pantoja and tie the score.
Cumberlands would take the lead in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three runs. Spata would lead the inning off by reaching on Sam Gerhold (JR/Shelton, Washington)'s error at second base, and Chase Schmittou would get hit by a pitch to put two on. Landon Byron would bunt the runners over, and Roberto Prado would hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Spata and move Schmittou to third. Schmittou would score one batter later on a double by Bryan Benz, who would also score on Guillermo Villegas' RBI single to make the score 4-1.
Cumberlands would hit for three in the bottom of the fifth and one run in the eighth to put the game out of reach.
Manny Castellano would come up big for Cumberlands, allowing only one run on six hits in eight innings to get the win. Tyler Straley allowed seven runs, five of which were earned, on five hits in five innings to take the loss.
With the series evened at 1-1, Cumberlands would race into the lead out of the gate, scoring three in the bottom of the second. Chase Schmittou and Landon Byron would lead off the inning with back-to-back singles. With one out, a wild pitch by Kyle Warner (JR/Elyria, Ohio) would allow Schmittou and Byron to advance a base. The wild pitch wouldn't matter as Bryan Benz would pound a three-run home run to straightaway center field to give Cumberlands a 3-0 lead.
Shawnee State would respond with a run in the top of the third. With two outs, JT Boggs would double to right field. Chase Thurber would drive Boggs in to make the score 3-1. However, an RBI double by Andrew Ramos in the bottom of the third would get the Patriots' run back, and Cumberlands would tack on two in the fourth and one in the fifth to close out the Bears, winning the opening round series two games to one.
Zach Hurley would throw 5.2 innings of relief, allowing no runs on three hits and striking out four to get the win. Kyle Warner allowed three runs on four hits in 1.1 innings to take the loss.
The losses see Shawnee State finish the season with a record of 14-35, with a 6-12 record in the Mid-South Conference. Cumberlands improves to 39-15, with the Patriots advancing to play at the Mid-South Conference Tournament final site in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
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