Shepherd rolls past Wheeling Jesuit; rain postpones games
SHEPHERDSTOWN – Back to MEC games after thumping Shippensburg in a mid-week outing, Shepherd downed Wheeling Jesuit, 6-0 and 10-3, in an April 13 doubleheader played in Wheeling.
With its 15-3 conference record, the Rams hold a six-game lead over second-place Fairmont State, which split four weekend games with Notre Dame and is currently 10-10 in league games.
In stopping Wheeling Jesuit in shutout fashion in the opener, the Rams immediately broke on top with a three-run first inning, and then led, 6-0, after only three innings.
Jarod Carr led off the game with a triple and scored on Brenton Doyle’s RBI ground out. The Rams had 13 hits, including a 3-for-3 afternoon from catcher Christian Hamel. Daniel Keer, Gio Torres and Trenton Burgreen all contributed two hits.
Mitchell Wilson authored a complete game, five-hit shutout to improve his record to 5-1. Wilson fanned seven and allowed only one walk to the Cardinals.
In the nightcap of the April 13 doubleheader, the Rams collected 13 hits again while scoring once again in the first inning.
Justin Smith launched his 10th home run of the season with his two-run drive in the first.
Leading 2-0 after three turns, the Rams got a home run from Burgreen in the fourth and held a 4-1 lead moving to the fifth inning.
Nick Atkinson contributed a two-run homer in the sixth and Shepherd claimed a 6-2 lead after the Cardinals posted a run in their half of that inning.
Syeed Mahdi had a three-run double in the seventh.
And when Ryan Potts limited the Cardinals to a run in the last frame, Shepherd had a 10-3 win.
Potts improved to 5-2 with his 13-strikeout, complete game showing. He yielded only four hits and two walks while hitting a batter.
Carr was 3-for-5, adding points to his league-leading batting average. Doyle, second to Carr in the race to win the conference’s batting title, was 2-for-4.
Smith was 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in three runs. Hamel was also 2-for-4 for the Rams, who were 25-10 after getting their scheduled April 14, doubleheader rained out.
Shepherd returns to friendly Fairfax Field today for a scheduled doubleheader against West Liberty. Another twinbill is carded for tomorrow against the Hilltoppers, with both dates calling for 1 p.m. starts if the unsettled weather permits.
No make-up date for the postponed doubleheader against Wheeling Jesuit has been confirmed.
The Rams have a 15-0 record this season in games played at Fairfax Field.