By Erika White
February 28, 2013
The Lock Haven University baseball team opened their season last Thursday, February 21, in Newport News, VA at the
Builder Invitational tournament.
LHU’s first game against Kutztown ended in a 5-0 loss for the Eagles. The only hit came from junior Matt Hendrixson in the fifth.
Senior Nick Cummings pitched 5.2 innings and had 1 strikeout until relief pitcher, freshman Aaron Lidgett, stepped in for the last 2.1 innings allowing only one hit.
Despite the loss, the Eagles recorded no errors on the day.
Day two in Virginia brought along two more losses for the Eagles after games against Briarcliffe and Bloomsburg.
The Eagles started off strong during their afternoon game against Briarcliffe. Scoring a run in the bottom of the first, Lock Haven held BC until the top of the fourth when Briarcliffe took the lead 4-1. But LHU battled back and by the top of the eighth inning, the teams were tied at 7. This only last a few minutes as BC slowly pulled away, tacking on five more runs and after a 30 minute rain delay in the ninth, added seven more. LHU was able to add two runs to their score but were unable to make a successful comeback. Briarcliffe topped LHU 19-9.
Scott Zuback was 3 for 3 with two RBIs and a double while Jose Diaz had two doubles and two RBIs on the day.
LHU’s second game of the day against Bloomsburg ended in a 3-9 loss for the Eagles.
By the bottom of the seventh, the Bald Eagles trailed Bloomsburg 8-0. Lock Haven’s three runs came in the eighth when Jay Hartman doubled to right field, hitting in pinch hitter Dakkota Roof. Zuback then singled to left field but advanced to second after an error on Bloomsburg, driving in Hartman and Brian Zysset.
Lock Haven attempts at recovering fell short, however.
Due to wet weather conditions, the rest of the tournament was cancelled, sending the Eagles home with a record of 0-3.
This season, look out for Zuback, who had a .331 batting average, as well as three home runs and 62 total base hits last year.
Baseball’s next game is away on Saturday, March 2, at 1pm against Pitt-Greensburg.