Bears split with UPike on Sunday

Staff Report

The Shawnee State baseball program salvaged one game of its three-game series with Pikeville on Sunday, falling in game one by a 6-1 margin but winning game two by a 10-4 tally.

Shawnee State struck first in game one, grabbing its lone run in the third inning. Nick Rose was hit by a pitch with two outs and reached third when Brandon Reaman’s grounder to third was misplayed by Travis Haen. Rose then scored on Chase Thurber’s single to left.

Unfortunately, Jay Vincent drove in Jorge Perez to tie the game for Pikeville in the sixth, and UPike put the game out of reach with four runs in the seventh as Haen made up for his error by getting the big hit of the inning, a two-run single. Perez then singled in a run in the top of the ninth to finish the scoring and help Pikeville cruise to victory.

Dalton Dahley allowed one run on six hits and strike out 12 over seven innings to earn the win. Kyle Warner allowed five runs on eight hits in six and one-third innings to take the loss.

In game two, Pikeville scored the game’s first run on a fielder’s choice by Justin Beatty, but Shawnee State took the lead back in the bottom of the first as Chase Thurber drove in Brandon Reaman on a RBI double, and along with Nick Rose, scored on Sam Gerhold’s single one batter later to make the score 3-1 in favor of SSU.

Brandon Sewell led off the third inning for Pikeville with a solo home run, but Shawnee State found a way to get the run back in the bottom half of the inning. Brady Knittel hit into what looked to be a double play, but Jorge Perez’s throw to first was offline, allowing Reaman to score and extend the inning. Blake Marshall followed by doubling in Rose, but Knittel was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

Pikeville added two runs in the top of the fourth to make the score 5-4, but the floodgates opened for Shawnee State in the fifth as the Bears scored four to put the game away. Nick Rose drove in Brandon Reaman with a RBI double, and Chase Thurber followed by hitting a high pop-up to the third base side that dropped in after the Pikeville defenders lost the ball in the sun. Cameron Reaman (FR/Dayton, Ohio) then advanced the runners after being hit by a pitch, and Rose scored when Knittel was hit by a pitch as well. Casey Claflin obtained the big blow, hitting a two-run single to score Thurber and Reaman to make the score 9-4.

Shawnee State added one insurance run in the sixth as Grant VanLiew dropped a popup into the left field grass for a hit. After VanLiew stole second, Chase Thurber moved him to third with a single. Cameron Reaman then hit an RBI single to drive in VanLiew and end the scoring.

Tyler Straley obtained the win after going the full seven innings, allowing four runs on just seven hits. Bryce Carden allowed five runs on five hits in two innings to take the loss.

With the split, Shawnee State moves to 9-28, and sits with a 4-8 record in the Mid-South Conference. Pikeville moves to 19-16 and is 3-9 in the league.

Shawnee State will hit the road on Tuesday, April 11th when they travel to Virginia to take on Bluefield College in a doubleheader. The first pitch is set for 3 p.m.

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