INSTITUTE— Repeat. Encore. Hit another one out!
Shepherd infielder Nathan Minnich slammed two more homers — giving him 10 in 15 games — as the Rams rallied throughout a 10-9 win over West Virginia State that took eight innings.
The two homers were Minnich’s third and fourth in a three-game series Shepherd had with the Yellow Jackets over this past weekend.
Minnich’s first-inning home run gave the Rams and early 2-0 lead. Shepherd’s lead was 6-0 after RBI hits from Chad Murphy, Brandon Coffey, and Kenny Beyer.
But West Virginia State scored the game’s next eight runs to rout Shepherd’s second pitcher, Brian Martin, and take an 8-6 lead.
Minnich’s second home made it 8-7 and then Travis Sluger singled and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-8.
Andrew Pickering’s RBI-double gave West Virginia State a shortlived 9-8 lead.
Sluger hammered a solo homer and the go-ahead run came when Hutter walked and rode home to score on a wild pitch and an Aaron Scoville single.
Minnich finished with a 3-for-3 showing and had four RBIs.
Gallant pitched two scoreless innings to record a save after Matt Copley had worked two innings and yielded an unearned run for the win.
Minnich finished the three-game weekend series with a batting average of .447 after 15 games. He had 21 hits, had scored 17 runs, landed three doubles and 10 home runs. His 27 RBIs led the WVIAC as did his 54 total bases and luminous 1.149 slugging percentage.
Shepherd was 8-7 overall and West Virginia State was 3-9.