Mounties split with Slippery Rock
Danny Brown had a solid outing on the mound and Anthony Renz went 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored in the opener as Mansfield held off Slippery Rock in a 4-3 win in the opener at Shaute Field Tuesday afternoon. The Mountaineers recorded 10 hits in game two, but the Rock came away with a 14-4 win to split the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) crossover doubleheader.
Mansfield moves to 12-15 overall while Slippery Rock sits at 21-11.
The Mounties got on top early in the bottom of the first when Dylan Woodworth reached on a lead-off single before Seth Tressler drew a walk. A sacrifice bunt by Brandon Miller put both runners in scoring position before Joey Andrew's sacrifice fly to left plated Woodworth. Tressler was brought in via a Matt Fisher RBI single to right centerfield.
Mansfield maintained its 2-0 lead as Brown, the starting pitcher, spun a no hitter until Jake Weibley broke it up in the fourth inning with an RBI double to score John Shaffer and cut the SRU deficit to one run.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Mountaineers answered The Rock's run by scoring two more to take a 4-1 lead. Renz hit a lead-off single to left field before Jon Taddeo reached on a hit-by-pitch. Both runners later scored on wild pitches.
Slippery Rock closed within a run in the top of the fifth when Graeme Zaparzynski slugged home a run with an RBI double before eventually scoring on a Shaffer RBI double to make it a 4-3 game.
Jeremy Mapstone came on in relief for the Mountaineers where he allowed just one hit and struck out a batter over 2.0 innings pitched. The sophomore earned his third save of the season.
Brown picked up his second win on the year after tossing 5.0 innings, allowing just four hits and two earned runs while fanning four batters.
Anton Constantino took the loss for Slippery Rock.
Fisher went 2-for-3 at the dish with an RBI in the game. As a team, the Mountaineers totaled seven hits in the winning effort.
In the nightcap, Slippery Rock opened the game by hanging three runs on the board in the top of the first. Mansfield starting pitcher Curtis Harpster settled in the next inning with three up and three down, but was chased from the mound in the third.
The Rock put up six more runs in the third inning to take a 9-0 lead over Mansfield.
Mansfield pushed a run across in the bottom of the inning when Woodworth, who reached on a lead-off double, was brought home on an Andrews RBI single to right field.
Slippery Rock went on to score a pair of runs in the fourth before adding three more in the seventh.
Tressler and Fisher recorded runs in the bottom of the fourth with Max Miller adding another in the seventh.
The Rock's Mike Dunn picked up his fourth win after pitching 6.0 innings and scattering eight hits.
Harpster took the loss for Mansfield. The Mountaineers used five different pitchers in the contest.
Shaffer led SRU offensively, going 3-for-5 at the plate with three runs and a pair of RBIs. Kevin Jovanovich, who hit a two-run homer in the first, and Austin Benshadle each had three hits in the game as well.
Tressler led the Mounties going 2-for-4 with a run scored in the game.
Mansfield travels to IUP Wednesday for a doubleheader originally scheduled for April 2.