MU baseball pounds out 23 hits in sweep of Lincoln
Seth Tressler drove in six runs on the day and Dylan Woodworth went 2-3 with a home run and three RBIs in the nightcap to lead Mansfield to a sweep over visiting Lincoln in a non-conference doubleheader at Shaute Field Wednesday afternoon.
Mansfield won the opener 17-4 and took the nightcap 14-0 to improve to 9-8 on the season.
The day stated off on a festive note with the Easter Bunny throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to head coach Harry Hillson.
In the opener, Mansfield scored three runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back in scoring their most runs in a game since recording a 17-8 win over Salem International three games into the 2012 season.
Joey Andrews plated the first run on a sac fly and the Mountaineers got their second run of the inning when Tressler stole home. A Max Miller single drove in the third run of the inning.
Mansfield exploded for 10 runs in the second inning to put the game out of reach. Jon Taddeo returned to the lineup after missing the last four games and singled in two runs with Tressler clearing the bases with a bases-loaded double.
Dan Harms picked up his first win of the season on the mound, giving up just two hits over the first three innings. He was relieved by Greg Dayhoff with David Forbes and Louis Sick also coming in relief.
Tressler went 2-4 with a double and four RBIs and also stole a base to lead the offense. Brandon Miller, Anthony Renz and Max Miller each had two hits in the game.
Steve Talmo went 2-4 with two RBIs for Lincoln.
In the nightcap, Mansfield struck early again, scoring a total of seven runs over the first three innings. Bronze Luden drove in two runs with a single in the first with Tressler driving in two runs with a single in the second. Max Miller tripled in a run in the third with Mitch Iseneker driving in another on a sac fly in the inning.
The Mounties went on a two-out blitz in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring six runs on five hits. Woodworth opened the scoring by hitting a three-run bomb over the right field fence to score Iseneker and Max Miller. The home run was Woodworth's fifth of his career and the third for Mansfield this season.
Three batters later, senior Ernie Ruch plated Brandon Miller and Tressler on a two RBI single. Ruch scored on a Luden RBI double on the ensuing at bat.
Dave Glueck, who reached on a lead-off walk in the sixth, scored on a passed ball to put the Mounties up 14-0.
Woodworth was 2-for-3 with three runs and three RBIs in game two while Luden was 2-for-3 with four RBIs.
Senior Curtis Harper earned the win on the bump for Mansfield, giving up four hits and striking out four in four innings of work. Joel Worthington and Nick Keener came in for relief and preserved the shutout. None of Mansfield's three pitchers issued a walk in the game.
The Mountaineers are back in action when they hit the road to play defending DII National Champions West Chester on Friday, March 29 before hosting the Golden Rams at Shaute on Saturday.