Shawnee State baseball were on the road this weekend, and dropped three of four games to #2 Faulkner (Ala.). The Bears split the doubleheader on Friday, losing 3-1 in game one but winning 7-6 in game two, but would fall in both games on Saturday, losing the first game 15-7 and the second game 9-0.
Derek Moore would give Shawnee State a solid effort in game one, allowing only three runs in 6.1 innings pitched. However, the Bears’ bats could not muster any runs against Faulkner’s staff, who allowed only one run on a Grant VanLiew walk to score Blake Marshall.
The Bears would find themselves down 2-0 through four innings in game two on Friday, but would rally for seven runs in the top of the fifth. Mike Watson would get the rally started with an RBI single to drive in Kyle Thurber. VanLiew would then draw his second RBI walk of the series, followed by an RBI groundout for Matt Dvorscak to make the score 3-2 Shawnee State. Brandon Reaman would hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Watson, and VanLiew would score on a throwing error by the catcher. Nick Rose and Thurber would then get RBI hits to drive in one run each to end the Shawnee State half of the inning. The Eagles would get four runs back in the bottom of the fifth, but would strand the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth and runners at the corners in the seventh to end the game.
Game one of Saturday’s doubleheader started poorly for the Bears as Faulkner would jump out to an early 10-1 lead. Shawnee State would rally for six runs in the top of the third, led by a three-run homer from Brandon Reaman, but could pull no further as Faulkner would score two in the bottom of the third and the fourth, and an additional run in the bottom of the sixth to put SSU away. The Shawnee State bats would be silenced again in game two of the doubleheader as Faulkner would cruise to a 9-0 victory.
The 1-3 road trip moves Shawnee State to 3-8 on the season. #2 Faulkner improves to 10-1.
Shawnee State stay on the road next weekend when they travel to (RV) Bryan College (Tenn.) and #4 Tennessee Wesleyan.