Raiders survive late rally by Tusculum
Shippensburg salvages series split with 10th-ranked Pioneers
GREENVILLE, Tenn. – Shippensburg held off a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth at No. 10 Tusculum on Wednesday afternoon and earned a 4-3 victory to split a two-game series with the Pioneers.
The Raiders (12-7) held the Pioneers (20-5) offense in check for most of the afternoon, as Josh Scott pitched into the sixth inning and earned the victory. The right-hander gave up three hits and one earned run while striking out three.
Nick Umberger pitched 2.1 innings in relief while giving up one hit and fanning one. Jimmy Miller got the final four outs and earned his second save of the season.
Simon Beloff paced the SU offense with a 1-for-3 performance from the plate with a walk and a solo home run -- his team-leading fourth of the season. Beloff also scored two runs and stole a base.
The Raiders cranked out two runs in the second inning, as Beloff (who then stole second) and Tyler Shover walked to start off the inning. Pat Kregeloh later doubled down the left field line, driving in Beloff, while Tyler Basso brought Shover home with a groundout in the next at-bat.
Beloff hit his home run to lead off the fourth inning. Shippensburg added an insurance run in the ninth inning, with Kyle Hollingsworth leading off with a single through the right side before stealing second. David McKolosky then drove in Hollingsworth with a single to left center.
The SU pitchers held the Pioneers scoreless for six consecutive innings, but for the second game in a row, Tusculum staged a rally in the bottom of the ninth. Carlos Santana doubled and advanced to third on a groundout. With two outs, Lukas Graves singled Santana home.
Graves then advanced all the way to third on a failed pickoff attempt before scoring on a single to left field. Jimmy Miller forced a groundout to second base in the next at-bat to end the Pioneers’ rally and the game.