SSU baseball drops Sunday contests to WV Tech, Montreat

In the final day of action at the Big League Camp in Lake James, N.C., the baseball programs at Shawnee State fell to West Virginia Tech and Montreat by 6-1 and 9-1 margins in nonconference action to close the weekend.

Game 1 — West Virginia Tech 6, Shawnee State 1

In the opener, Shawnee State received a solid outing from Sciotoville native Drew Lowe, who went five innings on the mound and limited damage effectively, only allowing three earned runs despite giving up nine hits.

However, West Virginia Tech was able to capture an early advantage as the Beckley, W. Va. program’s one-through-five hitters in the lineup — Corey Lewis, Kent Rooklin, Patrick Burke, Andrew Sharp, and Alex Tennant — combined to go 10-of-17 with a double, two triples and five RBI to allow the Golden Bears to take control early in the contest and open up a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth frame.

Shawnee State posted a run a the bottom of the fifth as a wild pitch allowed Danny McGuire to score in the inning and cut West Virginia Tech’s lead to a 4-1 count, but the Bears gave up two insurance runs to the Golden Bears in the top of the seventh, allowing WV Tech to obtain the victory.

McGuire (2-for-3, run scored), Howie Rodriguez (2-for-3), and Ben Sellers (1-for-4) led the Bears’ output on the day.

Game 2 — Montreat 9, Shawnee State 3

Against Montreat, Shawnee State wasted no time striking early thanks to the production of Sellers, who doubled and came home on two wild pitches to put the Bears in front by a 1-0 margin over the Cavaliers after the opening inning.

However, as with West Virginia Tech, Montreat’s top of the order victimized Shawnee State. The Cavaliers’ two-through-four hitters in the order — Chris Allende, Lewis Gonzalez, and Ashton Hawkins — went 7-of-9 with two doubles, a home run, five RBI and five runs scored to not only take the lead, but build a 9-1 gap after six innings of action.

In the seventh and final frame, Shawnee State tried to begin a rally, with George Duran’s one-out walk and an outfield error allowing Levi Jones and Rodriguez to single in Duran and Sellers in the final inning. That production, however, was all that the Bears could muster offensively as Montreat collected the six-run victory in SSU’s final game of the weekend trip to the Tar Heel State.

Rodriguez and Jones each went 1-for-3 with an RBI apiece while Sellers went 1-for-4 with two runs scored to lead SSU’s offensive output. Duran went 1-for-3 with a run scored while McGuire, Jacob Kline and Cooper Wohlgemuth added in one hit apiece to round out the afternoon.

Shawnee State (0-8) will be back in action when the Bears take on Milligan (Tenn.) in a three-game series on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb. 23.

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