FAIRMONT — Shepherd held tight to second place in the North Division of the WVIAC behind nationally ranked Seton Hill when it claimed doubleheader sweeps over the Falcons on both Saturday and Sunday.
With three of the four games played counting in the league standings, the Rams had 5-0 and 11-4 wins on April 13 (both games counted in the WVIAC standings) and returned with 17-2 and 5-4 wins on Sunday. Only the 15-run win counted in the conference standings.
The Rams were 15-6 in league games, trailing Seton Hill’s 20-4 conference record. Other North Division records showed West Liberty (15-9), Alderson-Broaddus (11-14), Fairmont (10-12), Pitt Johnstown (10-13), and Wheeling Jesuit (8-13).
Paul Hvozdovic won his sixth straight decision and improved his record to 8-4 with a blanking of the Falcons in the 5-0 win. Hvozdovic was named the league’s Pitcher of the Week. Davis Hall was the winning pitcher in the Saturday nightcap, moving his record to 4-2.
Ryan Messina went 3-for-7 in Saturday’s wins, hitting a pair of homers and getting six RBIs in the second game. Mark McCormick had four hits with Michael Lott and Kyle Porter each chipping in three hits in that sweep.
In Sunday’s first win, Ryan Pansch improved his record to 3-2 by going six innings in the nine inning game. Shepherd had 19 hits, including Messina’s 4-for-5 day that saw him score five runs and drive in another six runs with two more homers.
Chad Murphy’s 4-for-5 game showed him with a homer, three RBIs and three runs scored. Lott and Bryan DiRosario each had two hits.
In Shepherd’s 5-4 win, Brandon Coffey worked the first four innings for the win. DiRosario pitched a scoreless seventh for his first save of the season. The Rams managed only six hits and Lott had two of those. Dylan Garten scored two runs.
Messina was named the WVIAC Player of the Week and improved his batting average to .425. He has 11 home runs and 45 RBIs.
The Rams will face Seton Hill in home games this weekend with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday a 1 p.m. single, nine inning game on Sunday.