Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Pittsburgh-Greensburg, 6-3, 6-7

Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Pittsburgh-Greensburg, 6-3, 6-7

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Husson University baseball team (2-3) won the first game of the doubleheader, 6-3, while Pittsburgh-Greensburg (3-4) won the second game, 7-6, at Henley Field on Tuesday morning.

GAME ONE – Husson 6, Pittsburgh-Greensburg 3

HOW IT HAPPENED:

With two outs in the bottom of the 1st inning, Reno Rainey hit his second homerun of the year. The Bobcats grabbed an early 1-0 lead. Mike Spadafore opened up the bottom of the 3rd with a double to left. He would come around to score on a Zack Zimmerman single. After three innings of play, Pitt-Greensburg led 2-0.

Jonah Martin walked to lead off the top of 5th inning. Nick Guerrette reached in thanks to an error committed by the short stop. After a Conor Maguire sacrifice bunt, Alex Chapman doubled, scoring both Martin and Guerrette, and tied the game 2-2. The Bobcats answered back with a run of their own on a Tyler Holland sacrifice fly that scored Spadafore from third base.

In the top of the 7th inning, Guerrette reached on a walk. Maguire sacrificed Guerrette into scoring position. The third baseman from Pitt-Greensburg committed an error on a Mike Wong ground ball, which allowed Guerrette to score and tie the game. Wong advanced to second on the throw. Chapman, the next batter up, singled home Wong from second, giving the Eagles their first lead of the game. Sam Huston stepped into the box with Chapman on second and crushed a two-run homerun. Husson would hold onto their 6-3 lead and take game one of the doubleheader.

ON THE MOUND:

Tommy Burns (1-0) started the game for the Eagles. The senior went 6.0 innings, struck out four, and allowed three runs (two earned). Jacob Gauvin closed the door on Pitt-Greensburg and recorded the final three outs of the game for his first save of the 2018 season.

Dean Edwards (0-1) started the game for the Bobcats. The starter went 6.0+ innings while allowing three runs (two earned) and striking out one. Aaron Skinner pitched the 7th inning. He also allowed three runs (two earned) and struck one. 

OFF THE BAT – HUSSON:

  • Alex Chapman set the pace for the Eagles going 3-4 with three RBI on the day.
  • Covey and Guerrette each had one hit.
  • Huston launched a two-run big fly in the top of the 7th.

OFF THE BAT – PITTSBURGH-GREENSBURG:

  • Reno Rainey hit a homerun in the top of the 1st for the Bobcats.
  • Derek Shaw and Mike Spadafore each recorded one hit.

GAME TWO – Husson 6, Pittsburgh-Greensburg 7

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Pitt-Greensburg wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in game two. Zack Zimmerman singled to left field scoring Beasley. In the top of the second, the Bobcats scored two more to extend their lead to 3-0.

In the bottom of the 4th, Jesse Colford, who had come into the game earlier, was hit by a pitch with one out. He reached third on a Guerrette single. Guerrette advanced to second on the throw. Maguire lined a double to the right field gap that scored both Colford and Guerrette. Wong followed the double with a two-bagger of his own. Maguire would score on a wild pitch while Wong advanced to third. Continuing his hot day at the plate, Chapman dropped a single in front of the centerfielder. Wong crossed the plate and gave Husson their first lead of game two, 4-3.

Pitt-Greensburg responded in the top of the 5th with two runs of their own. Ian Hart walked and Mike Dolan was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Daniel Kiester tripled both of the runners home. The Bobcats led 5-4 after their half of the 5th. The Eagles manufactured a run in the bottom of the 5th. Nick Whitten walked and was pinch run for by Matt Graciano. Martin scarified Graciano into scoring position. He would then advance to third and score on back-to-back pass balls.

The Bobcats answered back once again. Holland scored on a Parlak double, giving his squad a 6-5 lead. In the Eagles' half of the inning, they tied the game, 6-6. Maguire reached on an error by the second baseman. Wong bunted the runner into scoring position. With two outs, Huston laced a single and scored Maguire from second.

In the top of the 7th, With Zimmerman on third and Green standing on first, Holland singled to right. Zimmerman scored and gave Pitt-Greensburg a late 7-6 lead. They would hold onto the advantage and take the second game of the doubleheader.

ON THE MOUND:

Ryan Allender went 5.0 innings for the Eagles. The starter allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits. Dustin Smith and AJ Purcell each allowed one run out of the pen, while Purcell (0-1) was tabbed with the loss. Nolan Dousa and Jacob Gauvin combined for 1.2 scoreless innings.

Bill Minnick got the nod for the Bobcats and went 3.1 innings while allowing three earned runs. He struck out five and walked five. Rodriguez-Polanco (1-1) finished the game for Pitt-Greensburg and allowed two runs while striking out six.

OFF THE BAT – HUSSON:

  • Conor Maguire recorded one hit and two RBI.
  • Chapman and Huston each had an RBI for the Eagles.
  • Guerrette, Wong, and Covey each had one hit on the afternoon.

OFF THE BAT – PITTSBURGH-GREENSBURG:

  • Mike Parlak and Daniel Kiester each tallied two RBI for the Bobcats
  • Ian Hart and Tyler Holland had two hits apiece in the game two victory.

NEXT!

The green and gold return to the diamond tomorrow for a single, nine inning game against Coe at Sanford Memorial Stadium in Sanford, Fla. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 am.