Shepherd takes 5-1 WVIAC record to home games this week
ATHENS — Shepherd came away from Athens with a split of a WVIAC doubleheader against Concord when it got three shutout innings from reliever Ryan Pansch and scored a run in the ninth inning of the nightcap to edge the Mountain Lions, 4-3.
Concord had won the opener by overcoming a 5-0 Shepherd lead in the late innings and finally posting a 6-5 win against the Rams’ Paul Hvozdovic.
With the split, the Rams were 5-1 in the WVIAC and Concord was 6-3 in the conference.
After forcing extra innings, Shepherd salvaged a split when Kyle Porter singled to open the ninth, Chad Murphy sacrificed him to second, Tyler Thomas kept the inning going with a single and Brandon Coffey produced a sacrifice fly to give the Rams a 4-3 lead.
Pansch, who replaced starter Davis Hall to begin the seventh, retired the Mountain Lions in order to get his first win of the season.
Shepherd’s 11-hit offense had two hits each from Ryan Messina, Mark McCormick, and Murphy.
Hall’s six innings showed him allowing only five hits and three runs while fanning five and walking none. Pansch authored three hitless/runfree innings while fanning four and walking only one.
In the opener, Shepherd had a 5-0 lead in the fifth as Messina had two RBIs and Michael Lott, Jake Cook and Messina each had two hits.
Concord staged a four-run rally off Hvozdovic in the bottom of the fifth and came right back in the sixth with two more runs to win a one-run game.
Concord landed 11 hits off Hvozdovic in his six innings. The loss left Hvozdovic with a 3-3 record.