Mounties split with Shippensburg
Senior Joey Andrews drilled a two-run home run to ignite a four-run fifth inning to lead Mansfield to a 7-5 win over Shippensburg in the nightcap of a PSAC East doubleheader at Shaute Field Friday afternoon.
Shippensburg won the opener 11-2.
It marked the final two home games of the season for the Mountaineers who will wrap up the 2013 campaign with two games at Shippensburg on Saturday.
In the nightcap, Shippensburg struck for two runs in the top of the first on a two-run home run by Cody Kulp.
Mansfield answered right back with a run in the bottom half of the inning when Seth Tressler led off with a single and later scored on an RBI single by Andrews.
Mansfield added two more runs in the bottom of the second when Mitch Iseneker doubled with two outs and scored on Max Miller's single. Miller later scored on a single from Tressler giving Mansfield a 3-2 advantage.
Neither team would score again until fifth when Shippensburg scored to tie the game at 3-3.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Mountaineers Dylan Woodworth led off with a walk and then scored on Andrews home run over the right field fence to retake the lead at 5-3. The Mountaineers added another run off a Shippensburg error before Tressler would plate the final run of the inning on a single.
Mansfield held a 7-3 advantage going into the sixth inning but Shippensburg cut the margin to 7-4 with a pair of runs in the top half of the inning.
Freshman Quin Taylor relieved Johnathan Earnest, who had relieved starter Joey Zuniga in the fifth inning, with one out in the sixth allowing two hits and striking out two while holding Shippensburg scoreless for the reminder of the game to pick up his first save of the season.
Zuniga struck out seven and allowed three run over the first 4.1 innings with Earnest being credited with the win.
Andrews went 2-3 including his third home run season along three RBI's to lead the Mountaineers offense with Seth Tressler going 3-4 with a pair of RBI's.
Shawn Patterson took the loss for Shippensburg with Michael Douglas going 3-4 and driving in two runs.
In the opener, Shippensburg's Pat Kregeloh scattered six hits over seven innings to earn a complete game win and improve to 8-3 on the season.
Joe Candelmo took the loss striking out six and walking none. The senior ends the year allowing just one walk in in 65.1 innings worked on the season, the fewest in the NCAA this year and a school-record.
Mansfield is now 22-25 on the season including 6-16 in the PSAC East. Shippensburg is 27-19 overall and 10-12 in PSAC East play.