Mounties split with Ship to close out 2013 season
Joel Worthington threw six innings of shutout ball game to lead Mansfield to a 5-4 win in the opener of a season-ending PSAC East doubleheader at Shippensburg Saturday afternoon.
Shippensburg scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to pull out a 8-6 win in the nightcap.
In the opener, Mansfield struck for two runs in the top of the first on an RBI from senior Joey Andrews and scored again on Anthony Renz's double to the right field gap.
The Mountaineers added another run in top of the third when Seth Tressler led off with a single followed by another single by Brandon Miller. Tressler later scored on a sac fly by Dylan Woodworth.
In the fifth Mansfield extended its lead to 5-0 with a pair of runs on RBI singles by Renz and Matt Fisher.
Worthington cruised through the first six innings holding Shippensburg scoreless, scattering six hits over that span.
But in the seventh, Shippensburg rallied getting three hits and scoring two runs off Worthington before he was relieved by Johnathan Earnest. Earnest gave up a two-run home run to Pat Kregeloh before striking out the next hitter before getting the final out of the game on a ground out. It was Earnest first save of the season.
Brandon Miller led the offense going 3-4 from the plate while Renz went 2-3 with a double and RBI.
In the nightcap, Mansfield took a 2-0 lead on a RBI singles by Mitch Isenecker and Seth Tressler.
Shippensburg tied the score in the bottom half of the inning and took a 3-2 lead with a run in the fourth.
Shippensburg extend the lead to 6-2 with three runs an inning later before Mansfield staged a four-run rally to tie the game in the sixth.
Renz led off with a single before Andrews drew a walk before Renz scored on a single by Max Miller. A pitching change led to two Mansfield strikeouts. Iseneker then walked to load the bases before Tressler cleared the bases with a triple to tie the score at 6-6.
But Shippensburg staged a rally of its own in the bottom of the seventh, scoring twice to take a 8-6 lead.
Renz led off the seventh with a single but Mansfield could push across a run
Danny Brown started on the mound for the Mountaineers and went four innings before giving way to Quin Taylor who went one inning. Jeremy Mapstone was charged with the loss after giving up a pair of runs in the sixth.
Tressler went 3-3 with a triple and career-best four RBI's to lead the Mountaineer offense. Renz went 2-4.
Marcus Shippey picked up the win in relief allowing just one hit over the last 1.1 innings. Tyler Shover went 2-2 with three RBI.
Mansfield ends the 2013 season 23-27 overall record and 7-17 PSAC East mark.