PORTSMOUTH – Shawnee State baseball salvaged a doubleheader with the Trailblazers of Ohio Christian with the combination of a complete game shutout from Ryan Hackworth and an offensive eruption leading the way to a 10-0 victory in the second game. The bounce-back performance happened after dropping the opening game, 4-3.
The Bears (12-9) got their first complete game of the season coming from the arm of Hackworth earning his first victory of the season. Hackworth tossed a complete game allowing zero runs on only five hits and striking out six batters.
While dealing on the mound, Hackworth got plenty of support from his teammates. Shawnee State scored six runs in the first three innings and saw five hitters have multi-hit games. Todd Queener, Joe Henderson, and Colin Keim all had two RBI's in the victory.
The Bears broke the game open with a four run second. The inning started with two-outs with two on when T. Queener hit a fastball off the wall for a base clearing double. After Cody Spires walked, Henderson then drove a pitch to right-center field for a two RBI base clearing triple to take a 5-0 lead.
The Bears got another big inning in the sixth seeing three different batters have RBI's. Keim, Jake Lankheit, and Daniel Katayama all had RBI's in the inning pushing their lead to 10-0 as that would be more than enough help for Hackworth.
In the first game, starting pitcher Jake Huber (0-1) tossed 6.0 innings allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits in his first start of the season. Huber, who allowed three runs on five hits in the first inning, tossed four straight scoreless innings allowing only two hits giving Shawnee State the chance to get back into the game.
Trailing 3-0 heading into the bottom of the second, Shawnee State got their first run of the game. Colin Keim, who went 2-for-3 with a run scored, singled to start the inning. Cody Spires then followed with a single to left field to score Keim from third base, cutting the lead to 3-1.
With Huber settling into the game, the Bears were able to once again cut into the lead. Trailing 3-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth, Shawnee State struck once more. Jake Lankheit, who finished the game going 1-for-2 with an RBI, walked to start the inning. Daniel Katayama then was able to reach base off an error setting up Tyler Bice. With pinch runner Aaron Suydam reaching third base off the error, Bice hit a sacrifice fly to score Shawnee State's second run of the game.
Ohio Christian had no signs of giving into the Bears and was able to capitalize on two Shawnee State errors in the top of the sixth to score another run, pushing their lead to 4-2. However, the Bears once again clawed back within one. With men on the corner Lankheit lined a ball to right field to score Ryan Queener from third base to cut the lead to 4-3.
Brandon Bonar came into relief of Huber in the seventh and pitched a scoreless inning and striking out one.
Shawnee State will be right back in action this Thursday, March 7 at 1:00 p.m. to take on Concordia University. The Bears then will be back in conference play this weekend as they host (RV) Cumberland University.