The Lock Haven University baseball team (12-4, 2-2 PSAC) earned a split in its PSAC opening four-game set with Mansfield on Thursday and Saturday last week.
Senior Jacob Belinda tossed a complete game in game one, giving up just one run, four hits, walking three and striking out seven as he moved to 4-0 on the season.
Matt Lahn homered and drove in two runs in Lock Haven’s 7-1 win. Hunter Szaflarski, Cayden Stover and Nick Stotler each had two hits for Lock Haven.
“Our starting pitching was outstanding this weekend,” said Lock Haven head coach Jim Chester. “We couldn’t ask for anything better. I think that’s what will keep us in a lot of games this year.”
Mansfield took game two, 3-2, despite seven strong innings on the hill from Lock Haven’s Mike Anthony. Anthony went the distance, and all three runs he gave up were unearned. Anthony struck out eight and walked none.
Stotler and Sam Kysor each doubled for the Bald Eagles. Stotler has 10 extra base hits this season, including five home runs, while driving in 15 runs.
In game three, Edwin Lopez and Tyler Guidos combined for a seven hit shutout, as Mansfield took game three, 1-0.
Lock Haven got another strong performance on the mound. Zach Manuppelli went all six innings, the third complete game of the series for the Bald Eagles. Stover hit his ninth double of the year in the loss.
The Haven got back to their winning ways in game four, defeating Mansfield 10-3. Szaflarski doubled, tripled, and drove in three runs to power the hot Bald Eagle offense. Stotler doubled and homered, while Lahn had three hits.
“I think we have a great group,” Chester noted.
Brett Morrison picked up his second win of the season on the hill for Lock Haven, striking out 10 in 5.1 solid innings.
“We’re never happy with a split, but I’ll take it for the circumstances,” said Chester.
“When our bats get going, it is a very, very huge asset to our team.”