Shepherd moves to 20-2 with 17th straight win
Improving its already impressive record to 20-2, Shepherd completed a two-day, four-game sweep over host Wheeling Jesuit on Monday.
The Rams stopped the Cardinals by scores of 11-2 and 6-2 on Monday after grabbing 17-0 and 4-2 decisions over the Cardinals on Sunday.
Shepherd moved its Mountain East Conference record to 20-2 and has a six-game lead over second-place Notre Dame (Ohio), which had a 10-4 league mark after last weekend’s games.
With another pair of 1 p.m. conference doubleheaders against visiting Glenville due on Friday and Saturday at Fairfax Field, the Rams had 10 hitters batting over .300 and showed a team batting average of .362 and a team earned run average of 1.72.
In Sunday’s 17-0 win, Spencer Wolfe was 4-for-5 (two doubles and a home run) with four RBIs and three runs scored. J.J. Sarty was 3-for-3, scored four runs, drove in three and homered. Tre Porter had a two-run homer and three RBIs. Jacob Carney scored three runs. Carney, Dom Wyshinski and Zane Bard all contributed two hits. All nine players in the Rams’ lineup had at least one hit.
Pitcher Sam Crater went the first six innings, allowing just two hits and two walks to move his record to 5-1.
Sunday’s 4-2 win was sparked by Wolfe’s three-run home run in the third inning. Wyshinski and Carney each had three hits. Jamie Driver pushed his record to 5-0 with six strong innings, where he allowed only two hits and three walks while getting three strikeouts. Brian Martin earned his fourth save of the season with a hitless and scoreless inning of relief.
On Monday, the Rams found themselves trailing 2-1 after four innings in the opener but then rallied for nine runs in the fifth to win going away, 11-2.
Bryce Shemer went 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Carney was 2-for-3; Matt Wilson had two RBIs; Wyshinski drove in a pair of runs; Wolfe scored twice and Porter scored two more runs.
Unbeaten senior Bryan DiRosario (5-0) went six innings and yielded six hits, one earned run, a walk and fanned eight Cardinals.
In Shepherd’s 6-2 win in the nightcap, it took another rally to overcome a 2-0 deficit after five innings. A six-run uprising in the sixth carried the Rams to their 17th consecutive victory.
Shepherd managed just five hits, but Shemer was 2-for-2. Zane Bard was on base three times and had two RBIs. Wilson drove in two runs and his double was Shepherd’s only extra base hit.
Lefty John Bentley went the first five innings and received credit for the win that gave him a 2-0 record. Martin went the last two innings, not allowing any hits or walks while fanning three for his fifth save of the remarkable season.
Entering Monday’s doubleheader, Shepherd had the top five hitters in the Mountain East Conference — all with .400-plus batting averages in Daniel Heleine, Sarty, Carney, Wilson and Porter.