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Shawnee State (17-7, 9-5 MSC) was able to split the double-header in a Mid-South Conference clash against the Tigers of Georgetown College (24-10, 11-3 MSC).
The first game was a pitchers battle between Shawnee State’s Ali Thompson of Franklin Furnace and Georgetown’s Michell Dresselhaus.
Dresselhaus shut down the Bears allowing only two hits in seven innings pitched, shutting out Shawnee State.
Thompson (9-3) threw seven innings allowing one earned run on five hits and striking out two batters.
Thompson and Dresselhaus battled back-and-forth through the first four innings pitching scoreless and hitless innings as each team looked for a break through inning.
The Tigers got their inning in the fifth as they finally got to Thompson, scoring a run on their first two hits of the ballgame giving them a 1-0 lead.
Thompson continued to pitch strong for the Bears keeping them within striking distance but the bats could not heat up for Shawnee State.
Georgetown then added to their 1-0 lead with another run in top of the seventh as that would be all Dresselhaus would need as the Tigers took the first game 2-0.
In the second game the Bears jumped on the Tigers first. In the bottom of the third inning Shawnee State’s Kelsey Jenkins of Wheelersburg started the Bears with a walk. After a sacrifice bunt from Allison Chapman, freshman Katy Bender hit a two-out triple to score Shawnee State first run of the ballgame.
Ericka Leighty followed Bender with a single up the middle to extend the Bears lead to 2-0.
Leading 2-0, Shawnee State extended their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jourdan Priddy led off the inning with a single to center field. Two batters later, Brittany Ellis hit a two-run homerun, pushing their lead to 4-0.
After the Tigers scored a run in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to 4-1, Shawnee State answered quickly in the bottom half of the inning. Bender started the inning with a single through the left side and eventually stole second. Kirtsi Yates singled to right field and Bender scored pushing their lead to 5-1.
The Tigers scored in the top of the seventh but Thompson came in and closed out the game 5-2, winning their ninth game in the conference.
Shawnee State will return to action today as they travel to Rio Grande, OH to take on rival Rio Grande University in a MSC match-up.
Bears easily defeat Rio Grande
The Shawnee State Baseball Team (23-20, 8-8 MSC) easily defeated rival the University of Rio Grande (25-16, 5-7 MSC) in game one of the series 9-1 on Friday afternoon.
The Bears struck first in the bottom of the first. With bases loaded freshman Matt Jones of Greenup hit a double to left center scoring all three runners to give Shawnee State the 3-0 advantage.
The Redstorm got on the board in the fourth. Kyle Findlay led off the inning with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Vincent Perry.
Shawnee answered extending their lead in the fifth. Leading off the inning senior Cody Morrison hit a base hit through the left side. Senior Danny Gesick followed with a single through the right side. A Rio error scored Morrison on the play. Gesick then scored on a single by Jones, giving the Bears the 5-1 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, Shawnee plated three more runs. Back-to-back walks on Morrison and Gesick, brought junior Adam Wamsley Wheelersburg to the plate. Wamsley’s base hit through the right side scored Morrison and Gesick. Wamsley then scored on senior AJ Gomez’s RBI single, giving Shawnee the 8-1 advantage.
In the eighth with runners on the corners, junior Colin Keim singled through the right side, scoring Morrison to give Shawnee the 9-1 victory.
Senior Austin Dunfee improves to 8-4. The right-handers pitched a complete game allowing one run on seven hits, three walks. He struck out nine batters in the game.
Rio’s Michael Deitsch was tagged with the loss. Deitsch started the game and pitched 6.0 innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits, five walks against three strikeouts.
Wamsley finished the game 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI’s. Gesick went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Matt Jones had four RBI’s in the game.
Shawnee State and Rio Grande will complete their three-game series on today at Branch Rickey Park. First pitch is set for 12 p.m.