Little pitching, little hitting equal little baseball success for Rams
SHEPHERDSTOWN — In its first weekend of baseball, Shepherd lost three times at UNC Pembroke. Two of the games were close.
In its second weekend of “Go South” baseball, the Rams didn’t pitch or hit very well, and absorbed three more losses, this time at the hands of the Pacers from USC-Aiken.
Even though it had only four hits and struck out 14 times as a team, Shepherd lost only 7-5 in the first game at Aiken. Brenton Doyle went 2-for-5 and Syeed Mahdi and Dalton Stewart had the other two hits. Mahdi, Stewart and Justin Smith each drew two walks.
Ryan Potts, who went 11-2 in 2018, lost for the second time. He went 5.2 innings and yielded five earned runs and nine hits.
Aiken saw the Rams score twice in the first inning of Saturday’s Shepherd loss. But then the host team scored the game’s next 10 runs to eventually prevail, 10-5.
Doyle was 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs, while Jared Carr went 1-for-1 with an RBI and Eddie Nottingham was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
The Rams struck out 10 times as a team.
Adam Miller was Shepherd’s starting pitcher and he took the loss. He went four innings, allowing 11 hits and seven earned runs. Joe Rindone pitched the last two innings, fanning three and not giving up any runs.
In Sunday’s finale played in 44-degree weather, Aiken ran out to an 11-0 lead before settling for an 11-3 win.
All of Shepherd’s runs came in the final two innings.
Carr was 2-for-5 and Nottingham was also 2-for-5. Justin Smith was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
Mitchell Wilson was the Shepherd starter and loser, going 3.1 innings and allowing 10 hits and six earned runs. He fanned six and walked two.
In his first appearance of the season, Virginia Tech transfer Andrew Wanger, pitched a scoreless inning.
After six games, Doyle shows a .417 batting average, Carr is at .391, Smith at .375 and Nottingham at .333. Shepherd’s team batting average dropped from .342 after three games to .276 after seeing Aiken. In six games, Shepherd’s opponents sport a .368 team batting average.
The Rams are supposed to open the home portion of their schedule this Saturday and Sunday in a three-game series against Tiffin (Ohio) at Fairfax Field.