Mounties swept by Kutztown
MANSFIELD - Kutztown got solid pitching and timely hitting while capitalizing on errors to sweep Mansfield in a PSAC East doubleheader at Shaute Field Sunday afternoon.
Kutztown rallied from a 1-0 deficit to win the opener 3-1 and took the nightcap 7-1 by scoring six unearned runs in the top of the fifth in the nightcap.
In the opener, Mansfield took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Seth Tressler singled with one out and stole second before scoring on a single to center by Matt Fisher.
Kutztown scored an unearned run in the top of the second to tie the game at 1-1 on a sac fly John Dockins and the Golden Bears took a 3-1 lead an inning later.
Mansfield threatened in the fifth with runners at first and second with one out but couldn't plate a run.
Senior Joe Candelmo threw well for the Mountaineers, striking out four and walking none while scattering eight hits in a complete game. Mansfield managed just four hits, two of them by Dylan Woodworth, off Kutztown starter Colin Holmes and reliever Billy Felo.
Candelmo has had pinpoint accuracy on the season, not allowing a walk while striking out 25 batters over 26.0 innings worked this year.
In the nightcap, Mansfield's Joey Zuniga and Kutztown's Brandon Shimo hooked up in a pitchers dual early with neither team able to score over the first three innings of the game.
Mansfield broke the 0-0 deadlock with a run in the bottom of the fourth with Brandon Miller led off the inning with a single down the left field line and moved to second on a sac bunt by Joey Andrews. He advanced to third on a ground out by Max Miller and scored a batter later when Anthony Renz reached on a throwing error.
But Kutztown would score seven runs, six of them unearned, in the top of the fifth and Mansfield could never recover.
Shimo went 4.2 innings to pick up the win with Zuniga taking the loss. Mansfield was again limited to four hits while Kutztown pounded out 10 safeties.
Mansfield falls to 7-8 on the season and 0-4 in the PSAC East. Kutztown, which extended its winning streak to seven games, improves to 12-4 overall and 4-0 in conference play.
Mansfield will host Lincoln University in a non-conference doubleheader at Shaute Field on Wednesday.