Baseball Rallies for Win

Baseball Rallies for Win

YORK, Pa. - No. 8/10 Shenandoah University earned its seventh straight baseball victory with a 15-14 non-league win at York College of Pennsylvania Monday afternoon.

Shenandoah (24-6) saw the Spartans (7-23-1) score the first six runs of the game and lead by three runs as late as the top of the eighth inning.

Trailing 14-12 heading into its final at-bat, SU scored three runs in the top of the ninth to escape with the 15-14 win.

Junior Jake Loew tied the game with a one-double into the right center gap to score Tristan Baker and Abel Arocho, and then scored the winning run as Nate Loman lifted a sacrifice fly to center.

In the bottom of the frame, senior Phil Morse (3-0) hit the leadoff batter before snuffing out the rally with two groundouts and a strikeout.

The ninth inning heroics capped a contest in which the two teams traded the lead four times, combined for 34 hits and saw 14 pitchers see action on the mound.

After YCP roughed up SU starter Zach Teeple for six runs (five earned) on five hits and two walks in the initial 2 1/3 innings, Hornets skipper Kevin Anderson turned to six different pitchers before Morse got the final five outs of the contest.

At least one run was scored in every inning of the game - after York jumped out to that 6-0 lead thanks to one in the first, three in the second and two in the third, Shenandoah clawed back with one in the fourth, two in the fifth and five in the sixth. 

Leading 8-7 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Hornets saw their hosts score two in the bottom of the frame to take a 9-8 lead.

Shenandoah answered with three in the top of the seventh only to see the Spartans score five in the bottom to lead 14-11 heading to the eighth.

Luke Nussman plated the 12th run with a single down the left field line to set Loew up to be the hero in the ninth.

In the ninth, Joe Coleman led off with a single up the middle before being retired on a Baker groundball to short.

Arocho singled to center to put the tying run on, and Loew delievered with his fifth triple of the season to tie it at 14-14.

Loman's sac fly easily plated Loew.

Shenandoah travels to Bridgewater on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. ODAC contest.