ESU sweeps Mounties
Eric Forth's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave East Stroudsburg the 4-3 walk-off win over Mansfield in the nightcap as the Warriors swept the PSAC East doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Mitterling Field. The Warriors won the opener 5-1.
In game one, ESU struck first in the opening inning when Joe Bennie scored from second base on a Drew Hercik RBI single after reaching on a lead-off single and stealing a bag. The Warriors added another run in the bottom of the second when Eric Linares plated Chris Knott with a sacrifice fly.
Mansfield's lone run came in the top of the second after senior Joey Andrews reached with a lead-off single and scored on a Matt Fisher sac fly to center field.
East Stroudsburg added two more runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to take a 5-1 advantage.
Junior Matt Smith tossed a complete game three-hitter for the Warriors to earn his fourth victory of the season.
Quin Taylor took the loss for Mansfield.
In the nightcap, the Warriors struck first again with a Hercik run in the first inning. ESU took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Knott's double plated Brian Ernst and Mike Tenaglia.
Mansfield chipped away at the ESU lead when Dylan Woodworth drew a lead-off walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. A Seth Tressler single and a Brandon Miller RBI single brought in Woodworth to make it a 3-1 ball game.
In the top of the fifth, Conor Thompson drew a lead-off walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch before Mitch Iseneker put runners at the corners with a single. Iseneker moved to second on a wild pitch before Anthony Renz plated Thompson with a sac fly to left field. Woodworth's RBI single brought in Iseneker to tie the game a three runs apiece.
The Mountaineers threatened with a runner at second and one out in the top of the seventh, but two straight outs stranded the Mansfield runner as the game remained tied at 3-3.
East Stroudsburg's Eric Boyer started the bottom of the seventh with a lead-off double before advancing to third on a groundout. Forth brought in the game-winning run to give the Warriors the divisional sweep.
Colin Taylor earned the win after pitching 2.0 innings in relief while allowing just one hit.
Mansfield's Joey Zuniga went the distance, but took the loss after scattering 12 hits and allowing four earned runs.
Woodworth went 2-for-3 in game two with a run and an RBI.
The Mountaineers host Slippery Rock at Shaute Field on Tuesday, April 9 for a doubleheader.