Lacking offense, Rams quickly bow out after Atlantic regional losses
With few runs and little offense, Shepherd lost both of its games in the weather-marred Atlantic Regional tournament staged in West Lawn, Pennsylvania.
In its first game’s misty conditions, the Rams managed only two hits and were blanked by Seton Hill, 4-0.
The Griffins, winners of the 2018 PSAC tournament just a week before, scored only two runs off Shepherd starting pitcher Ryan Potts, taking a 2-0 lead into the top of the ninth, where they posted two more runs off Colin Benner. Potts allowed only four hits, while walking three and fanning seven. He absorbed only his second loss after 11 wins during the regular season and Mountain East Conference tournament.
In the loser’s bracket as the mist fell the next morning, the Rams faced Millersville, a loser the previous day to Charleston. Millersville prevailed over the Rams, 5-4, in 11 innings.
The Marauders led 2-0 after seven innings, meaning Shepherd hadn’t scored in 16 innings in the double elimination event. In the next two combined innings, the Rams scored four runs in going ahead 4-2, after they had batted in the ninth.
Logan Manz, the Shepherd starter, went the first 6.1 innings and yielded just four hits and two runs.
Scoring two runs off reliever Adam Miller in his 1.2 innings of work and the game-winner off Mitchell Johnson in his 2.2 innings, the Maruaders gouged out nine hits in 4.1 innings against the Ram bullpen. Johnson was the loser.
Brenton Doyle was 4-for-6 with a solo homer and Justin Smith was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer for the Rams.
As a team, Shepherd went 12-for-73 in the combined two games, or a .164 batting average.
The bottom of the Shepherd batting order – Eric Sloper (0-for-7), Trenton Burgreen (1-for-6), Chase Hoffman (2-for-8), Brian McCourt (1-for-6) and Dalton Haymaker (one at-bat, a strikeout) – went a combined 3-for-28 in the two games, a .107 batting average.
Shepherd completed the season with a 38-17 overall record.