SHEPHERDSTOWN— Nathan Minnich gave Shepherd a two-run home run to open its scoring in the first inning and another two-run home run in the eighth to close out its scoring . . . and the Rams rode the strike-throwing pitching of Paul Hvozdovic to a 12-2 win over Lock Haven during last Friday’s dry conditions at Fairfax Field.
Minnich’s pair of homers moved him past the school’s career record for home runs. His 42 homers (which he extended to 43 over the weekend) moved him by Mike Spry in the Shepherd record book.
Once Minnich’s first-inning home run gave the Rams an early lead, they extended that advantage to 7-0 after just two innings.
Hvozdovic would throw mostly strikes in his seven-inning stint against the ordinary lineup of the Bald Eagles. His only blip came when Austin Botts reached him for a two-run homer with Shepherd still holding its seven-run lead.
Once there was a seven-run lead in place, the first five batters in Shepherd’s lineup continued to wear their hitting shoes, collecting 11 hits among them and scoring nine of the team’s runs.
Brandon Coffey went 4-for-4 and had eight total bases. His last hit was a solo homer that came on the heels of Minnich’s last-inning round-tripper.
Michael Lott and Aaron Scoville both had two hits with Lott driving in two runs. Shepherd’s first five batters went to the plate 25 times and reached base 15 times.
Travis Sluger, the third baseman whose glove keeps him in the lineup, had two hits as the Rams collected 13 hits off two Lock Haven pitchers.
The bottom four in the Rams’ order struck out a combined seven times with freshman catcher Cody Bumbaugh fanning in all four plate appearances.
Hvozdovic fanned five and meted out five hits. He was successful primarily because he walked only three and his fielders caught what they could reach on the dry field that soon would become saturated when a soft and steady rain took control of Fairfax Field for a game between the Rams and Indiana.