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Shepherd baseball takes three of four from Yellowjackets

By Staff | Mar 13, 2015

Shepherd found another place it could play baseball.

Instead of postponing or canceling its four-game series scheduled against West Virginia State in Institute, the Rams and Yellowjackets traveled to Mooresville, North Carolina to play consecutive conference doubleheaders last Saturday and Sunday.

The Rams and conference rival Concord had played four games in Clover, South Carolina the previous week.

Shepherd won three of the four games played against the Yellowjackets, moving their overall record to 6-2 and their Mountain East Conference record to 6-2. West Virginia State was left with a 1-3 conference record.

The Yellowjackets won the first game of the series, 3-1, as the Rams could manage only a run-scoring double from Jacob Carney that drove in Tre Porter. Shepherd pitcher Sam Crater was victimized by three unearned runs that all came in the third inning. Crater allowed only four hits and fanned eight in his six innings of work.

Shepherd gained a split of Saturday’s two games with a 4-3 win in the nightcap. All four Shepherd runs came in the fourth when Porter contributed a two-run double and Carney and Jonathan Sarty had RBI singles.

Porter went 2-for-3 as did Dom Wyshinski.

Jamie Driver improved his record to 2-0 with a five-inning pitching performance that saw him allow eight hits and one walk while fanning four. Brian Martin got a save with two innings of scoreless relief where he fanned two and allowed three base runners.

On Sunday, Shepherd trailed, 4-1, in the first game before rallying to score three times in the fifth to take a short-lived 5-4 lead.

After West Virginia State tied it at 5-5 in the sixth, the Rams rallied for five more runs in the seventh, aided by three Yellowjacket errors.

Matt Wilson was 3-for-3 with two doubles and three runs scored. Carney went 2-for-3 and scored three times. Porter scored two runs and designated hitter Crater had two RBIs.

Martin went 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to get credit for the pitching win.

Shepherd completed Sunday’s sweep with an 8-0 win as Spencer Wolfe drilled a two-run homer and then Porter had a two-run single to increase the lead to 5-0. Darius Jones had a two-run single as another Shepherd rally made it an 8-0 lead.

Wilson was hit by a pitch four times to tie a national record.

Bryan DiRosario went five innings to notch the win. He yielded only five hits while fanning three. John Bentley completed the shutout with two scoreless innings.

The Rams are scheduled to be at home at Fairfax Field (weather permitting) on both Saturday and Sunday for 1 p.m. conference doubleheaders versus UVa.-Wise on both days.