SHEPHERDSTOWN — Shepherd scored in only one inning, and still defeated nationally-ranked Seton Hill, 3-1; the Griffins scored in only one inning, and still defeated the Rams, 4-2, as the WVIAC’s North Division leaders split a conference doubleheader at wind-gusty Fairfax Field on Saturday.
Davis Hall and two-inning replacement Ryan Pansch earned Shepherd the 3-1 win. Hall skipped through his five innings with baserunners aboard at every turn. Ten of the 21 batters Hall faced got on base, yet he allowed only one run because two men were thrown out stealing and another was erased at the plate on a throw from center fielder Michael Lott.
Hall was the winner and Pansch earned his second save by retiring all six batters he saw.
Shepherd was able to bunch four of its six hits to score all its runs in the third. Lott, Jake Cook, Mark McCormick and Bryan DiRosario had hits with McCormick driving in two runs and DiRosario the other.
The Rams badly needed the win, especially after taking a 2-0 lead into the last inning of the opener, only to lose 4-2 when the Griffins scored four times against starter Paul Hvozdovic. Hvozdovic came into the game with a six-game win streak, but was forced to absord his fifth loss when Seton Hill banged out four hits and Hvozdovic hit two men and walked another giving the Griffins seven runners in the productive last inning.
The left-handed Hvozdovic carried a two-hitter into the seventh but surrendered a two-RBI double to left-handed pinch-hitter Josh Forbes and RBI hits to Michael Cima and Cody Herald.
The two Shepherd runs came off winner Alex Haines in the fifth when Lott delivered a sacrifice fly and Chad Murphy doubled home the other run.
The Rams had a halting threat in the seventh, but Murphy popped out to third with the tying run perched on first.
Neither team could score in more than one inning in either game. The result was the pitchers on both sides had done what was necessary to win each game. And only a total of 10 runs had been counted in the conference doubleheader split.