Martinez, Kutztown earn doubleheader split, series win vs. No. 9 Shippensburg
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Kutztown ran its winning streak to 11 games, the program's longest since 2010, but saw the run come to an end as it split a doubleheader on Saturday with ninth-ranked Shippensburg at Metro Bank Park. The Golden Bears won the opener 7-3, but dropped the nightcap 8-2.
Kutztown (17-5, 7-1 PSAC) won the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) series after it swept the Raiders (17-8, 4-4) on Friday at North Campus Field.
Sophomore outfielder Brandon Martinez led the Golden Bears at the plate in the doubleheader. He combined to go 5-for-7 with two runs scored. Senior catcher Matt Albaugh also had a strong day at the plate, going 4-for-6 with three runs scored. Albaugh has reached base safely in 16 consecutive games.
Kutztown led from start to finish in game one. Junior Kyle Stoudt gave KU a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with an RBI single to center field to score Martinez, who led off the game with a double down the left field line.
The lead stretched to 3-0 as junior shortstop John Dockins hit a two-run, two-out single up the middle to score Travis Kreitz and Albaugh.
Junior left-hander Colin Holmes shut down the Raiders in the first four innings. Along with holding Shippensburg scoreless, Holmes allowed just one hit through four innings with no walks. His first flaw came in the fifth inning as a pair of Shippensburg doubles plated its first run of the game. A wild pitch by Holmes followed by an RBI single cut the Golden Bears' lead to 3-2 after five.
Albaugh and Kreitz opened the sixth with back-to-back singles. Senior Todd Rubendall advanced the runners with a pinch-hit sacrifice bunt, and a throwing error by Shippensburg first baseman's Simon Beloff scored Albaugh from second.
With two outs in the sixth, sophomore Ricky Gorrell hit a sacrifice fly to score Brandon Shurr and was followed by a RBI single by Martinez to plate Rubendall and give KU a 6-2 lead.
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The teams traded runs in the seventh with a Shippensburg fielding error scoring KU's run, and a leadoff home run by Cody Kulp in the bottom of the seventh closed the scoring in the opener. Following the home run, freshman Matt Swarmer replaced senior Jordan Garcia on the mound for Kutztown and struck out two batters in the final inning.
Holmes improved his season record to 2-0 with five innings on the mound. He allowed four hits and did walk any batters. Martinez and Albaugh both went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead KU's offensive attack.
Martinez and junior Brett Hauck each had multi-hit games for Kutztown in the nightcap. Despite the team letting up eight runs, Kutztown relief pitcher Connor Wing was Kutztown's most effective pitcher. He pitched 1.2 innings and allowed two hits and no runs. Wing has not allowed a run while giving up three hits in 7.1 innings pitched this season.
Like it did in three of the four games this weekend, Shippensburg jumped out to a lead in the first inning. Pat Kregeloh hit a three-run home run that rang off the left field foul pole to build the lead to 3-0.
Kutztown responded with runs in the second and third innings to cut the deficit to 3-2. Shurr hit an RBI in the second and Hauck connected on an RBI single to right field in the third to score Martinez, who led off the inning with a triple.
Shippensburg rattled off three consecutive singles in the bottom half of the third that led to two sacrifice flies to give the Raiders a 5-2 lead through three. It tacked on two runs in the fourth and one in the sixth to earn its lone win of the series.
Brandon Shimo was tagged with the loss for Kutztown. He allowed five runs in three innings with a pair of strikeouts.
Nick Massetti picked up his first win of the season for the Raiders. In four innings, he allowed six hits, two runs and three walks, while striking out four.