Tartans Sweep Saints To Open Conference Play
Sinclair continued its winning ways with a four-game sweep over Mercyhurst North East. The wins moved the Pride to 20-4, and extended their winning streak to eight.
The Saints took the early lead, with a two-run double in the 3rd, off starter Jacob Bolton. Bolton would settle down, and went six strong innings allowing three runs. Trailing 3-0 in the 5th, Sinclair finally got on the scoreboard when Trevor Hafner hit a two out RBI single. The Tartans used more two out magic in the 6th, when Colin Shepherd and Nick Massey delivered RBI hits, tying the game at three. Matt Pfeffer did a great job relieving Bolton, tossing two scoreless innings in relief as the game went into extra innings. The bottom of the 8th started with a Daniel Merlano walk, and he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Shepherd. That brought up Brandon Henson, who launched his 4th homerun of the season to rightfield for the walk-off win.
Final Score: #11 Sinclair 5 MNE 3
WP: Matt Pfeffer (5-0) 2IP H BB 3 K’s
Offensive Leaders: Brandon Henson 3-5 2RS HR 2 RBI’s, Jacob Bolton 2-3 3B, Eddie Pursinger 1-2 2B.
A solo homerun in the 1st inning, gave Mercyhurst another early lead but the Tartan bats answered with authority. Twelve runs were score from innings 3-6 as the game ended after the 6th inning, with the Pride winning on a run rule. Starter John Shutrump turned in another complete game performance, scattering seven hits in six innings of work. Five starters for Sinclair had multi-hit games and the offense finished with thirteen total hits.
Final Score: #11 Sinclair 12 MNE 2
WP: John Shutrump (5-1) 6IP 7H 2ER 3BB’s K
Offensive Leaders: Nick Massey 3-4 2RS 3B 3RBI’s, Sean Darmafall 2-3 RS, Jacob Bolton 2-4 2RBI’s, Aron Mowery 2-3 2RS BB, Colin Shepherd 2-4 3RS
For the first time in the series, Sinclair took the first lead. In the bottom of the 2nd, Aron Mowery doubled in Sean Darmafall, scoring the game’s first run. Two more runs came across in the 3rd when Blaze Glenn doubled in a pair of runs. The two-run inning theme continued in the 4th, when Brandon Henson hit his 5th homerun of the season to left. The Tartans final runs of the game came in the 5th, when they scored two more runs off a Sean Darmafall single, increasing the lead to 7-0. Starter Jake Dennis was cruising and pitched five scoreless before running into trouble in the 6th inning. Four singles, and an error ended Dennis’s day, and the Pride turned the ball over to John Cheatwood. After a wild-pitch scored a run, Cheatwood struckout the next batter to end the rally, and hold the lead at 7-4. A pair of two out errors in the 7th, brought in Sinclair’s closer Jack Goonan, to record the final out and earn his 3rd save.
Final Score: #11 Sinclair 7 Mercyhurst 4
WP: Jake Dennis (2-1) 5.2 8H 4R 4K 2BB’s
SV: Jack Goonan (3) .1IP
Offensive Leaders: Brandon Henson 2-3 RS HR 2RBI’s BB, Trevor Hafner 1-2 2RS 2B BB, Blaze Glenn 1-2 RS 2B 2RBI’s BB, Sean Darmafall 2-3 RS 2RBI’s, Aron Mowery 1-2 2B RBI.
The Pride bats finished the sweep with another big offensive performance. The offense started the game with seven straight quality at-bats, scoring four runs. Then in the 2nd, they scored eight runs, seven of them with two outs and unearned. Colin Shepherd scored the game’s fifth run on a Brandon Henson groundout and then Nick Massey reached first on a drop third strike. Seven straight hits followed that error, which extended the lead to 12-0. Starter Glen Richardson entered the 5th inning with 12-2 lead before turning the ball over to Cole Quillen, who recorded the final three outs.
Final Score: #11 Sinclair 12 Mercyhurst 2
WP: Glen Richardson (2-0) 4IP 3H 2R 7K’s 3 BB’s
Offensive Leaders: Nick Massey 1-2 2RS 2B RBI BB, Trevor Hafner 1-2 2RS, Jacob Bolton 1-2 2RS 2RBI, Aron Mowery 1-2 RS RBI, Colin Shepherd 2-3 RS 2B RBI.
Sinclair will begin their 12 game road trip this Tuesday against Vincennes University.