the Cumberlands in the game as the Bears’ offense dominated the Patriots to a 12-2 victory.
Shawnee State’s defense also had a
solid showing, behind Andrew Carter impressive
work on the mound. Carter pitched a complete
game giving up no earned runs on six hits to improve to 7-4 on the mound. He struck out eight Patriots,while only walking two in
Shawnee State’s offense was hot early and outhit the Patriot 19-6 in the
Cody Morrison led off the game as he
smashed a home run over the center-field wall to get the Bears on the board.
Kendal Coleman followed with a double to left field and advanced to third on a Patriots’ error, bringing up Mid-South Player of the
Year Phillip Butler. Butler hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Coleman and
give the Bears the 2-0 lead.
The Bears extended their lead in the second.
Zac Alexander led off the inning, reaching on an error as he out hustled the
throw. Aaron Suydam followed with a single and
Camden Sauls hit a bunt sacrifice to advance both runners.
Ryan Burnett, who has struggled offensively
lately, got out of his slump going 3-for-5 in the game. On his first at bat, Burnett singled, scoring Alexander and Suydam.
Coleman reached on another error by the
Patriots, advancing Burnett to second where
he scored on a base hit by Butler.
After a Patriots’ run in the third, Shawnee State answered as Morrison hit his second homerun of the game on a 3-2 count in the
top of the fourth.
In the fifth, the Bears’ continued their hot hitting. With two outs, Suydam
singled to shallow center.
Back-to-back doubles by Camden Sauls and Burnett scored two runs for the Bears, extending their lead to 8-1. Carter retired the
next seven batters, before allowing Cumberland’s Jeff Davison to reach on a
However Carter easily retired the next two
batters to hold the Patriots to one run through seven innings.
Shawnee State posted another run in the eighth
as Coleman scored on a hit by Alexander.
Shawnee State added to their score, as three more runs crossed the plate in the final inning. Burnett singled and then advanced
on a hit by Morrison. Coleman reached on a
fielder’s choice that got Morrison out at second, but Burnett scored on the Patriots’ wild throw to first. Coleman crossed the
plate on a double by Butler and the Bears
rounded out their scoring as pinch runner Quentin Everman scored on a single
by Colin Keim.
Eight Bears got into the hit column. Butler finished the game 4-for-5 at the plate, with three runs batted in. Morrison went
3-for-6 with two runs and two RBI’s. Burnett and Suydam each went 3-for-5
with two runs scored.
Shawnee State faces the
winner of the
Virginia tomorrow night at
7:00 p.m. The game can
be heard on Shawnee
SportsNet starting at 6:45.