Baseball swept by Mansfield

Jayson Moyer
Sports Editor
jpm362@lhup.edu
golhu.com
golhu.com

The Lock Haven University baseball team was swept in a four game series by Mansfield on Friday and Saturday.

In game one at Foundation Field on Friday, Mansfield hopped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly.  The run was unearned.

In the top of the third, Wes Baylor gave Mansfield a 2-0 lead with a solo homerun to left field.  However, in the bottom of the third, Ryan Henritzy hit a two-run double to left-center, scoring Ryan Koch and Tyson Petersheim, to tie the game up at two.

With the game tied at two in the top of the fifth, Mansfield scored three unearned runs to go up 5-2.  Baylor, Anthony Renz and Jacob Molison each had RBI singles for Mansfield.  Mansfield added another run in the top of the sixth on a sac-fly.

Lock Haven (10-23, 8-16 PSAC) would rally in the bottom of the sixth.

Brett Morrison started the scoring with a two-run single, scoring Justin Sleigh and Austin Botts, to make it 6-4.  Mike Agosto followed that up as he singled on a bunt, scoring Ethan Moore.  Jamie Eshleman scored Morrison on a sac-fly to tie the game at six going to the seventh.

After a scoreless seventh, Taylor Hillson hit an RBI double in the top of the eighth to give Mansfield a 7-6 lead.  Lock Haven could not score in the bottom of the eighth, giving Mansfield a 7-6 win.

Jacob Belinda started on the mound for Lock Haven and picked up the no decision, going five innings, giving up five runs, with only one earned and striking out two.

The Bald Eagles got out to a quick start in game two, but fell in another close one.

Sleigh hit his first homerun of the year to give Lock Haven a 1-0 lead in the second.  Morrison singled to left, scoring Moore and a single by Koch scored Eshleman to make it 3-0, Lock Haven, after two.

Mansfield tacked on six runs in the top of the fourth, beginning with an Eric Schanzenbacher two-run double to center.  Two singles by Baylor and Molison made it 5-4 Mansfield.  Ryan Paige added a sac-fly to make it 6-3.

Lock Haven had an attempt at another late-inning rally in the bottom of the sixth.  Eshleman scored on an error to make it 6-4, and Koch scored on a sac-fly by Henritzy to make it 6-5, but that’s all Lock Haven could muster, as Mansfield won 6-5.

Chad Speigle picked up the no decision for Lock Haven, going 3.1 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, walking six and striking out six.

On Mansfield on Saturday in game three, Lock Haven jumped out to another 3-0 lead in the first, as Sleigh hit another homerun, this time a three-run homerun, to put Lock Haven up by three.

Mansfield hopped right back and made it close, as Renz hit the first of Mansfield’s four homeruns on the day, to make it 3-2.

With the score still 3-2 going to the bottom of the fourth, Dave Glueck tied the game up at three with an RBI single to left-center.  Lock Haven regained the lead in the top of the fifth on a two-run single by Mike Agosto, scoring Sleigh and Botts, to give Lock Haven a 5-3 lead.

The long-ball took over for Mansfield, however, as they hit three homeruns in the fifth and sixth innings to take a four run lead, and go onto win, 9-5.

In game four, Mansfield scored six runs in the fifth and sixth innings, to go onto win, 9-5, again.

Sleigh drove in three runs for Lock Haven, and Petersheim and Evan Price each drove in a run.

Lock Haven will travel to Kutztown on Friday for a doubleheader beginning at 1p.m.

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