April 06, 2017
The Lock Haven University baseball team continued its strong play throughout the 2017 season, sweeping Kutztown in a four game series this past weekend.
This was the first four game sweep (17-5, 6-2 PSAC) for Lock Haven since the 2010 season when they swept Clarion. However, this was the first time the Bald Eagles brought out the brooms for a four-gamer since joining the PSAC East in 2014.
Pitching powered Lock Haven throughout the weekend, as senior Jake Belinda sizzled in game one, moving to 5-0 on the season in a complete-game, four hit, shutout effort. The Bald Eagle ace also struck out 12. In 33 innings this season, Belinda has struck out 43 opponents.
Lock Haven won game one 2-1.
“It’s a huge accomplishment for our players,” said Lock Haven head coach Jim Chester. “It was a big part into the big picture of the season.”
Leading 1-0 in the third inning, Matt Lahn walked with the bases loaded to stretch the lead to 2-0.
The bats, which have been ever-so-hot in 2017, came to life in game two, bolting Lock Haven to a 10-1 victory. Hunter Szaflarski drove in three runs, while reigning PSAC Player of the Week Evan MacFarland and Sam Kysor each drove in two runs.
“It’s a great feeling, but it’s even better for our team,” said MacFarland when asked about how it felt to be named PSAC Player of the Week.
“We took four from Kutztown, and that’s not easy to do. I got good pitches to hit, and was able to help our team out, which felt good.”
Mike Anthony picked up his third win of the year on the mound, striking out five in a complete-game effort.
As the series shifted to Kutztown, Lock Haven eked out a 4-3 win in game three.
Trailing 3-1 in the top of the sixth, Justin Sleigh and MacFarland hit back-to-back RBI doubles to tie the game at three. Tyson Petersheim scored MacFarland on a pinch-hit single, ultimately becoming the winning-run for Lock Haven.
In another solid performance on the mound, Brett Morrison moved to 3-0 on the season, tossing 5.2 solid innings, giving up two earned runs and fanning five. Breton Larose came in for the final 1.1 innings, retiring all four batters he faced, while notching his sixth save of the season.
In game four, Avery Eddy was the story for Lock Haven, throwing a complete-game, one-hit shutout. He struck out six, walked none, and only threw 79 total pitches in the 4-0 win.
“Avery was outstanding and it was a great, great performance on his end,” Chester remarked.
Cayden Stover and Nick Stotler each doubled and drove in a run, while Lahn chipped in two hits and an RBI for the Bald Eagles, who will host Shippensburg on Friday, with first pitch of the doubleheader being scheduled for 1p.m.
“It is very, very difficult to beat any team four times,” said Chester.
“So, being able to do that, we really put it together.”