Rams improve record, 4-9, with game-ending nine-run barrage
SHEPHERDSTOWN — The season had already been humbling enough for the Shepherd baseball team. With a record of 3-9, the Rams came to Sunday’s game against Lock Haven searching for some offensive punch in the middle and tailend of their lineup.
When the Bald Eagles grabbed an early four-run lead, Shepherd was in real danger of losing the last game of the three-game weekend series against the Pennsylvania team that came to Fairfax Field with an 0-3 record.
A three-run first inning off Shepherd starter Davis Hall had given the Bald Eagles a more confident stride.
But then the Rams scored the game’s last nine runs that were ammunition enough to give them a 9-4 non-conference win.
Hall had been solved for four hits in the first inning, but he went on to pitch six innings and receive credit for his second victory of the season.
By the time he was finished his innings, Hall left with a 6-4 lead because after being no-hit through three turns, the Rams scored at least once in three successive at-bats.
RBIs from Chad Murphy, T.J. Weisenburg, Jake Cook, Kyle Porter, and Murphy again got the Rams to within 4-1, then even at 4-4, and finally to a 6-4 lead after six innings.
Brian Martin had two scoreless frames to protect the lead and when the Rams rallied for three insurance runs in their half of the eighth, freshman right-hander Ryan Pansch struck out the side in the ninth.
Shepherd had generated 11 hits in its last four turns with Murphy going 3-for-4, Cook getting two hits, Kyle Porter going 2-for-4, and Mark McCormick — inserted at third base for the struggling Bryan DiRosario, also going 2-for-4.
Hall allowed seven hits and three walks in his six innings. He fanned six and permitted only five baserunners in his last five innings.
The Rams were 4-9 overall and had won two of three weekend games against Bald Eagles, then 1-5 overall and left with a conference schedule that includes defending national champion West Chester.
Since the conference that came into being in 1924 will be ending, Shepherd goes after its last WVIAC schedule for the remainder of 2013. And it went into it with a doubleheader against Davis & Elkins on Tuesday at Fairfax Field as the 2012 league champions themselves.