No. 10 Shippensburg runs winning streak to 12 with doubleheader sweep
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- No. 10 Shippensburg used a go-ahead three-run eighth inning in Game 2 on Thursday to complete a doubleheader victory over Mansfield, courtesy of a 3-1 final in the opener and a 6-4 extra-innings decision in the nightcap from Fairchild Field.
The Raiders (16-3, 4-0 PSAC East) improve their winning streak to 12 games and take sole possession of first place in the divisional standings through one week of conference play. The sweep of Mansfield (12-7, 0-4) is its first over the Mountaineers since 1998.
With the pair of two-run victories, SU has now had 12 of its 16 wins this season decided by two runs or less.
Junior pitcher Nick Massetti improved his record to 4-0 with another strong outing in Game 1, carrying a no-hitter into the fourth inning and finishing with three hits and one run allowed in six innings with four strikeouts. Senior Austin Bartley pitched a clean seventh to earn a career-best fifth save of the season (his 13 career saves are now four short of tying the school record).
Six different Raiders took the mound in Game 2, with senior Shawn Patterson earning the start and giving up zero hits in 2.2 innings of work. Sophomore Kyle McClintock (1.1 innings), freshman Josh Kutchey (1.2, two strikeouts) and Bartley (0.1) followed Patterson.
Sophomore Thomas Swartz earned his first career win in pitching the seventh before senior first baseman Pat Kregeloh moved over to pitch the eighth and earned his first save of the season and second of his career.
Junior left fielder Cody Ezolt hit his first career home run with a go-ahead two-run shot to left field in the fifth inning of Game 2 to follow up an RBI single in the opener.
Senior center fielder Michael Douglas went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in Game 2 and finished the day with two stolen bases. Freshman catcher Jake Kennedy went 2-for-3 with a run driven in and a run scored in the opener and junior second baseman Jimmy Spanos went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the second game.
Senior third baseman Cal Hogan and sophomore shortstop Mike Marcinko each also drove in a run on the day, with Marcinko's RBI single up the middle in the top of the eighth in Game 2 the eventual game-winning hit.