Cold-weather trip nets Rams pair of wins
SHEPHERDSTOWN — Shepherd’s baseball venture to central Virginia brought the Rams two wins in three games last weekend.
The three-game trip opened on Saturday with a 5-3 loss to Virginia State. Despite Dalton Stewart’s solo home run and RBIs from Joe Burack and Zach Doss the Rams had trouble scoring in the cold weather.
Scoring in the first inning off Steve Bowley, the Trojans banged out 13 hits off the Shepherd right-hander.
Stewart went 3-for-4 and reached base four times, while Joey Goldsmith and Doss each had two hits. Daniel Keer, who had at least one hit in all three games, was 1-for-3.
In a second game on Saturday, the Rams defeated Lincoln (Pa.), 11-1, for their second win of the season.
A five-run first inning gave Shepherd the momentum it needed and then a four-run uprising in the eighth ended the game on the 10-run rule.
Shepherd stole 10 bases in the romp. Andrew Edwards had a three-run double in the first and Damond Nixon had a two-run double in the eighth. Keer was 2-for-3 while Carr and Stewart both scored two runs.
Cole Dunn pitched the eight-inning complete game for the Rams. He allowed seven hits, an earned run, fanned 11 and walked six.
On Sunday, the Rams clubbed Virginia State, 18-4, with a 13-hit offense that included Stewart’s two-run homer in the first. Shepherd posted nine runs in the second when Carr had a two-run single and Connor DeWees added his three-run double.
The Rams stole nine bases against the beleaguered Trojans.
Carr finished with four RBIs and Stewart added his three RBIs. Carr had three hits, Stewart two hits and Keer two hits.
Mitchell Wilson improved his pitching record to 2-1 by going five innings. Wilson allowed one run (earned) and struck out five. Wes Martin pitched two innings, allowing no runs and fanning four. Martin has pitched four innings this season and has not yielded a run.
Shepherd is scheduled to open the home portion of its schedule tomorrow (Feb. 22) at Fairfax Field at 12 noon when it hosts Alderson-Broaddus in a doubleheader. On Sunday, Alderson-Broaddus stays in town for a 12-noon single game at Fairfax Field.
Shepherd improved its record to 3-6 by taking two of the three games last weekend.