SALISBURY, N.C. – With a five-RBI, two-home run performance from junior first baseman Pat Kregeloh in Tuesday’s nightcap, No. 12 Shippensburg salvaged a road doubleheader split with No. 18 Catawba from Newman Park. The Raiders (13-4) managed a season high for runs in a 14-4 Game 2 win after accruing just six hits en route to dropping the opener by a 6-2 margin.
Kregeloh hit his team-leading third and fourth home runs of the season in back-to-back innings in the second game, with each landing in the trees beyond the left-field fence. He hit a two-run shot in a six-run third inning before hitting a three-run blast as part of four runs in the next frame. Both homers came on the first pitch he saw in the at-bat.
Simon Beloff went 3-for-4 in the win while Tyler Shover batted 2-for-5 with two runs driven in.
The offensive explosion supported freshman pitcher Rich Michaud, who earned the victory in his first career start, throwing five innings while giving up four runs on five hits. Austin Bartley pitched the final two innings and gave up three hits and fanned two.
Freshman Kyle McClintock also earned his first career start in Game 1 but took the loss despite giving up one earned run in 4.1 innings.
Game 1: Catawba 6, Shippensburg 2
The Indians built a 4-0 lead through two innings before Shippensburg plated a run in the fourth with Michael Douglas scoring from third when Kregeloh grounded into a double play.
The Raiders cut the deficit to two runs in the sixth when Douglas drew his second walk of the game, stole second and third, and scored when Kregeloh reached on a fielding error.
Catawba added two insurance runs in the sixth on a pair of RBI singles to make the score 6-2. Shippensburg attempted a rally in the top of the seventh with back-to-back leadoff singles from Dan Wimer and Jimmy Spanos before leaving both runners stranded with three consecutive groundouts.
Game 2: Shippensburg 14, Catawba 4
The Raiders opened their big third inning by loading the bases to set up an RBI from Mike Marcinko and Douglas. After a second out, Kregeloh hit a two-run hom run.
Cody Kulp followed with a double to right-center field before scoring in the next at-bat on a Beloff double to left field for a 6-1 Shippensburg lead.
After two quick outs in the top of the fourth, Marcinko and Douglas reached base with a hit-by-pitch and a walk, respectively. Shover brought home Marcinko with an RBI single to center field before Kregeloh again cleared the bases with a three-run jack.
Catawba (22-8) added three runs in the next two innings to make the score 10-4 but Shippensburg again scored twice more in both the sixth and seventh innings, with Spanos sending a triple down the right-field line and eventually scoring on a fielding error in the sixth. In the seventh, Shover smacked an RBI double down the right-field line and Kulp singled to center for the game’s final run.