Long comeback helps Rams sweep West Virginia Wesleyan

SHEPHERDSTOWN— Andrew Gallant got saves in both ends of Shepherd’s conference doubleheader sweep of West Virginia Wesleyan.

Gallant, who had four saves in Shepherd’s 10-7-record season, had one-inning saves in both the opening, 5-2, win and wild-ride, 16-14, victory in Game 2.

West Virginia Wesleyan was 6-10 overall and 2-2 in the WVIAC after dropping both games. Even in stranding 10 runners in the opener, Shepherd had 11 hits off route-going Adams. The Rams stranded another 11 runners in the nightcap when they rattled out 16 hits off the combined pitching efforts of four Bobcats.

The Rams’ left-hander Paul Hvozdovic went five innings in the opener and improved his record to 3-2. He yielded four hits, walked three, fanned four, and both runs off him were earned. He survived home runs by the Bobcats’ Corey Flickinger and Mark Darlington.

Chad Murphy had two RBIs and Nathan Minnich one RBI for the Rams. Minnich was 2-for-3 and scored twice. Nash Hutter was 3-for-3 and scored a run.

In the nightcap, Shepherd tallied five runs in the first when its first six batters reached safely. There were three walks and two hit batsmen in front of Ryan Messina’s grand slam homer.

West Virginia Wesleyan chased Shepherd starter Trevor Appleby with a nine-run second inning. And took a 9-5 lead in the process. Appleby faced seven batters in the second and could not

retire any of them. There were eight hits and three Shepherd errors in the huge uprising.

Messina had another RBI in the second when Shepherd moved to within 9-6.

After the Bobcats scored another three runs in the third off Shepherd reliever Jamie Driver, they led 12-6. Darlington’s three-run homer accounted for the runs.

Shepherd made it 12-8 with two runs in the third when Aaron Scoville had an RBI as did Murphy.

Hutter singled home a run in the fourth and the Bobcats lead was at 12-9.

After Rams’ reliever Sam Beatty yielded a run in the fifth, Shepherd rallied for six runs in its half of the inning.

After Minnich walked and Murphy doubled, Jake Cook singled in a run. Travis Sluger’s three-run homer lifted Shepherd back into a 13-13 tie.

Hutter had a single. Michael Lott also singled and so did Scoville. Minnich then delivered a two-run single to give the Rams a 15-13 lead. In the next inning, the Shepherd lead went to 16-13 when Sluger doubled in Brandon Coffey, who had singled.

Gallant surrendered a run in the top of the seventh, but retired the last three men he faced to close out the win.

Minnich had reached base five times after being walked four straight times. Cook was 3-for-3 and scored twice. Sluger was 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Hutter continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-4, and scored twice. Lott was 2-for-4 and scored twice. Murphy drove in two runs.

Shepherd actually had 27 baserunners in its six innings.

Minnich was on base in eight of his nine at-bats.

Minnich improved his batting average to .476.

Shepherd moved into second place in the North Division of the WVIAC behind only unbeaten-in-the-conference Seton Hill.

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