Mounties fall to Ohio Valley
Joe Candelmo struck out 10 batters in seven innings of work on the mound, but Mansfield couldn't push the winning run home as Ohio Valley came away with a 3-2 win Thursday evening at Jack Russell Stadium.
Ohio Valley put up a run in the bottom of the first inning after Michael Shepherd scored from third on a failed throw out at second base by the Mounties.
Candelmo didn't allow a single runner aboard over the next four innings, striking out six batters in the process. The senior's 10 total Ks were the most since 2009 when Eric Rosenberger struck out 14 batters against East Stroudsburg.
In the top of the fifth inning, Mansfield put a pair of runners aboard with a Brandon Miller base on balls and a Stephen Stopper hit by pitch. Conor Thompson cleared the bases with a one out triple to right center field to give the Mountaineer the 2-1 advantage.
The Fighting Scots tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when Tyler Wharton's RBI double plated Chris Perna. Ohio Valley notched the go ahead run in the seventh on a Logan Dan RBI single through the middle.
In the top of the eighth, Joey Andrews reached on an error by the second baseman and reached second with one out. However, Mansfield recorded two straight outs to strand the runner in scoring position.
Jeremy Mapstone relieved Candelmo in the bottom of the eighth where he struck out the side looking.
Stephen Stopper reached on a one-out single in the top of the ninth, but was thrown out from left field trying to grab an extra base on the play. Thompson drew a walk on the ensuing at bat, but the Scots ended the game by throwing the pinch runner out at second.
Eric Schweitzer earned the win for Ohio Valley while Joe Candelmo took the loss. Neither Candelmo nor Mapstone allowed a walk in the game.
The Mountaineers take on Upper Iowa tomorrow at 3 p.m. before facing Minnesota Crookston at 7 p.m.